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AstraZeneca Hong Kong Launches the Young Health Programme with KELY Support Group in Support of Youth Rugby Training and Wellbeing

[Hong Kong 23 Feb 2021]

AstraZeneca endeavours to be a leading and the responsible healthcare partner of Hong Kong. As a global biopharmaceutical company, we focus on improving ‘access to healthcare’ as one of our sustainability commitments. Besides providing life-changing medicines, we also put our commitment into action through engagement and partnership. This year, AstraZeneca Hong Kong (AZHK) makes a good progress to launch the first-ever Young Health Programme (YHP) to provide a series of activities to Hong Kong’s young generation from non-communicable diseases prevention to mental health and wellbeing through rugby trainings.

On 23 February, AZHK announces the official launch of Young Health Programme and donate HK$400,000 to KELY Support Group in support of the ‘City Wide Youth Sports Wellbeing Initiative’. In appreciation of the partnership, a kick-off ceremony is held at AstraZeneca Hong Kong office. Mr Gwenael Meneux, General Manager of AstraZeneca Hong Kong and Macau welcomes our the YHP partner with KELY Support Group.

“To prevent non-communicable diseases and promote mental health of young generation are the sustainability strategies of AstraZeneca. We believe the physical and mental health are interconnected, and both are essential for the youth development. Rugby is a physically demanding sport and requiring intensive collaboration between players. Our Young Health Programme, using rugby as a medium, not only to address the healthcare need of youth, but also help them to achieve all-round excellence, ”said in his welcome remarked.

The Young Health Programme brings together the two established organisations who have had extensive experience in youth services. KELY Support Group will work with Hong Kong Rugby Union Community Foundation to roll out the ‘City Wide Youth Sports Wellbeing Initiative’, providing holistic rugby training and online mental health education to youth. The rugby training will be starting from September 2021 till March 2022, targeting to 600 young people aged 12-16. During the rugby training, youth are encouraged to complete an online course about mental health and wellbeing in sport.

About the Young Health Programme
The Young Health Programme is a philanthropic initiative by AstraZeneca aims to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in the globe. Founded in 2010, the Young Health Programme has already reached over three million young people through peer education and public health communications across 26 countries, involved almost 5,000 AstraZeneca volunteers and trained 20,000 frontline health providers in adolescent health.

(Picture 1 General Manager of AstraZeneca Hong Kong and Macau (right 2) presents the donation cheque to the representatives of KELY Support Group and Hong Kong Rugby Union Community Foundation