Rugby unites around one of their own in his hour of need

June 13, 2019

Photo credit: May James Photography  

 

With the support of various sections of the Hong Kong Rugby community, a fundraising tournament was hosted by Hong Kong Tag Rugby under the Happy Valley floodlights in aid of Jonathan Mo last night. 

 

Mo faces a significant financial burden, due to a life-threatening but necessary heart surgery he is set to undergo later this year. 

 

News of his situation has spread across the city, with the 23-year-old being forced to forgo a promising rugby career due to a heart condition. 

 

Rugby Union sides including the Hong Kong Football Club, Valley, Hong Kong Scottish and Causeway Bay rallied alongside Hong Kong Rugby League, Touch and Tag teams for a night of tag rugby, while not losing sight of the one person who brought them all together. 

 

Photo credit: May James Photography 

 

"It's absolutely blown us away. When I said to JMo (Jonathan Mo) that we'd set something up for him, I thought we'd maybe get 5 or 6 teams," said Neville Metcalfe, Hong Kong Tag Rugby Chairman.

 

"Everyone has come together and it's amazing - when you volunteer and put so much effort in, this makes it worthwhile, so I'm incredibly happy." 

 

Not content to watch on the sidelines, Mo himself took to the field for a few brief minutes.

 

Sharing a laugh with a couple of friends, he was in high spirits and thanked everyone for their support. 

 

"It was very touching. I didn't expect that many people to come but we had a turnout of over 100 people," said Mo. 

 

"I feel so much support from the Hong Kong Rugby community and it was really fun."  

 

 

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