"From Darkness to Sunrise" City Orienteering Competition 2018


The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong (SBHK) has been providing suicide prevention services for over 50 years. We understand how difficult it is for someone with emotional distress. They may feel like trapped in darkness, depressed, or even hopeless in life, and give up their lives by committing suicide.

Therefore, we organize "From Darkness to Sunrise" City Orienteering Competition every year since 2014, with the aim of promoting the use of positive mindset on dealing with difficulties, at the same time raising fund for our Life Education programmes.

Through the competition, participants have to make judgements and choose the best way through the terrain and reach various checkpoints. Different skillsets would be tested in different situations. In addition to problem solving skills and endurance on the individual level, team communication and cooperation skills would also be tested.

Just as real life, we need partners on overcoming different challenges that come across our path. Finally, participants can admire the nature of beauty at the finish line: the sunrise that symbolizes the hopefulness in our life. The competition aims at promoting the message "Cherish Life, Live Positive”.



Score orienteering Routes are categorized with different time limit, 9-hour, 6-hour and 4-hour. The score carried by each control would be assigned according to its difficulty to obtain. The team that returns to the finishing line within the time limit with highest scores will be the winner. When multiple teams obtained the same score, the team reaching the finishing line soonest will be the winner.

The number of controls for each category descends with the time limit, with the 4-hour category comes with the fewest controls. Teams do not have to reach every control.

For example, if you are in the 6-hour mixed category, you have to visit different controls shown on the map to obtain the scores and reach the finish line within 6 hours. You have to discuss with your teammates to determine your tactics, so you can obtain the highest possible score within the time limit.


Details of the Competition

Date 27-28 October, 2018 (Sat & Sun) (TBC)
Time From 9:00 p.m. (27 Oct) to 7:00 a.m. (28 Oct) (TBC)
Starting Time 9-hours: 9:00 p.m. (may change)
6-hours: 10:00 p.m. (may change)
4-hours: 11:00 p.m. (may change)
Starting Point
& Finishing Line
Dress Code Event T-shirts will be distributed to all participants on the briefing session. 
Baggage Storage Available from 7:30 p.m. (No valuable items should be stored)
Quota 2,000 (first come first served)
Deadline 1 September 2018 (on or before 11:59 p.m.)



Time Limit Team Team Size Age Minimum Donations (Per Head)
9 - Hours Male Female Mixed 2 18 or above HK$700
6 - Hours Male Female Mixed 2 18 or above HK$600
4 - Hours Male Female Mixed 2 - 4 10 or above* HK$500
Tertiary (any combination) 2 - 4 Current tertiary students HK$400
Enterprise (any combination) 2 - 4 18 or above HK$700
Family (any combination) 2 - 4 Must have one member aged 10 or below* HK$400
(both child and adult)



**Parent's or guardian's consent and disclaimer is required for participants below 18; participants aged 15 or below must be accompanied by parent/guardian as team member; every team leader has to be 18 or above.

  1. The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong (SBHK) may stop accepting application before deadline without prior notice once the quota is met.
  2. Enrollment is confirmed only if the minimum donation amount is met by 11:59 p.m. on 28 September, 2018. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of enrollment. Registration fee and donation will not be refunded.
  3. SBHK has the final authority on deciding the acceptance of application and the arrangement of the competition. 
  4. If the event is cancelled due to adverse weather or any other reason, registration fees and donations will not be refunded.


Route Details

Route Participants would only know the starting point and finishing line prior to the competition day. The distribution of controls would only be shown on the competition map, which will be provided at registration on the competition day.
Starting Point & Finishing Line TBC
(Award ceremony and band show will be held at the Promenade after the competition)
Controls Controls with different scores are distributed within the competition area, participants are expected to obtain the highest score within the time limit.


Band Show & Sunrise After-Party

Time From 2:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. (28 October 2018)
Venue TBC
  1. Free of charge for Runners
  2. HK$180 minimum per head will be charged as donation for general public
  3. To reduce the noise problem to resident, we will arrange FM channel to broadcast the concert if necessary. Please bring along with your radio and headphone for the concert.


Awards and Certificates

Fundraising Awards Donations will be counted on team basis and participants have to submit the donations by 5:00 p.m. on 2 October, 2018 (Tuesday)
Certificates  Participants who finish the competition can download a certificate at the competition website
Competition Awards  There will be a champion, first runner-up and second runner-up for each category



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