Hong Kong Tag to organise fundraiser in aid of Jonathan Mo

May 16, 2019

Photo credit: May James Photography 


Jonathan Mo's story is one that has touched all sections of the Hong Kong rugby community.


The 23-year-old's aspirations of going professional were dashed after being diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition, which necessitated use of a pacemaker at the ripe old age of 19.


He was dealt another cruel blow this year, as doctors prescribed a risky but necessary procedure in which he is expected to have a mere 40% chance of pulling through.  


None of this has deterred him, however; taking to coaching for the Valley Mavericks and even representing Hong Kong's National Tag squad in 2018, his continual involvement in a less physical role would nonetheless reap its own reward. 


Upon hearing his story, the Tongan Sevens team invited him to their training session last month, embracing the Hong Konger as one of their own and praying for his recovery.


Mo was also given a ticket to the Sevens and exclusive access to a player's perspective of the competition, as he stepped onto the hallowed Hong Kong Stadium pitch with Tonga. 



There is much love and support from his home city too, with Hong Kong Tag announcing a fundraising Tag Competition to alleviate at least some of the financial cost involved. 


Entitled "Give Jmo's Heart Back", the initiative is Hong Kong Tag Chairman Neville Metcalfe's way of  rallying the Hong Kong rugby community behind one of its own.  


"Jonathan has been a dedicated and enthusiastic tagger for a number of years who represented Hong Kong in the 2018 Tag World Cup and what might happen to him is awful," said Metcalfe. 


"As a rugby community we all need to get behind him, help raise the funds he needs and provide him with support. He’s a great young lad."



The Hong Kong Tag fundraiser takes place on Wednesday 12 June at Happy Valley Pitch 6, from 8pm to 11pm.  



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