RACING TO THE STARTING LINE – An exchange student team’s scramble to fundraise a registration fee.

This group of exchange students from Hong Kong Baptist University are making big strides in the attempt to be a part of the Diamond Sedan Competition hosted by Diamond Cab. We are in the process of fundraising the $5000 registration fee and having a fantastic time while we are at it!

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Joshua Claassens an exchange student at HKBU and his team is raising money for Diamond Cab to aid wheelchair users. Click me to Donate 

HKBU Diamond Sedan Team

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This group of exchange students from Hong Kong Baptist University are making big strides in the attempt to be a part of the Diamond Sedan Competition hosted by Diamond Cab. We are in the process of fundraising the $5000 registration fee and having a fantastic time while we are at it!

When is the Competition?!

On November 27, at the race track in Stanley, Hong Kong teams of 6-10 carry wheelchair dependent teenagers enter in fun competition. This is important because many of these teens have never experienced a race or participated in sport activities before.

Anybody who has friends or family bound to a wheelchair knows that there are many things they cannot participate in because of disability or facilities being not barrier-free. For wheelchair users a single stair can be as impassible as a ten-foot wall. Diamond Cab aims to break these barriers down and we want to be part of it.

How did you get involved in Diamond Cab?

I met Doris after her guest speaker presentation in my Social Entrepreneurship class and I became inspired by her vision and enthusiasm. The official registration deadline had passed a few days earlier but after some conversation she gave me the opportunity that we have now. She gave me two weeks to form a team and come up with the $5000 registration fee that goes to Diamond Cab operation backing up the wheelchair accessible taxi service for the passengers with much need in Hong Kong.

Since then we have grown to a team of thirteen individuals from all over the world. Countries represented on our team include, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, South Africa and the Netherlands. Nine of us plan to race at the competition but it is a group effort to organize and execute the fundraising objectives. Individuals bring special skills to the table while everyone brings enthusiasm.


“What I love about Diamond Cab and the competition is that they strive to improve the lives of people who are often excluded or left out in society.”


Wheelchair and disabled individuals require much more care and support than able bodied individuals so many people do not have the time or will to look after them especially in the past paced society in which we live. Diamond Cab brings new hope into people’s lives. Doris inspires me to chase the satisfaction of helping people and improve those around me.

I am very proud of this team and I want to do my best to see us all achieve our goals. My teammates have taught me a lot about what it means to lead and about momentum. The Chinese proverb — 独木不成林,单弦不成音 — states, “A single tree does not make a forest; a single string can not make music.” Many things require people to work together to achieve a goal and I know for a fact that we depend on one another to reach this goal.

Guess who also features on our Team!

We also have the good fortune to have another entrepreneur on our team; Jack Fellows the creator of The Social Mercenary. I had the opportunity to meet him for the first time on our photo day and am glad to have him on the team. His vision of a collaborative online community that promotes a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle, travel and volunteering is both inspiring and progressive.

I look forward to reaching our fundraising goals and future collaboration with the members of this fantastic team.

Donate Here:- https://www.gofundme.com/diamond-cab-fundraiser

Read more about Diamond Cab here:- www.diamondcab.com

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