Jmo Cup Fundraiser Hong Kong
Hong Kong Tag has organised the Jmo Cup, a tag tournament fundraiser, to help fellow Hong Kong rugby player Jonathon Mo, affectionately known as Jmo.
Jmo is in desperate need to raise funds to buy a replacement pacemaker. In total, he needs to raise HKD900,000, and the HK community has announced a few events to help him raise the monies. Jmo made the news when the Tongan 7s team invited to meet him during the Hong Kong 7s in April.
Who is Jonathan Mo?
Mo had ambitions to become a professional rugby player and when he was 19 he completed a three-month trial with the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan. However a week after the trial he collapsed unexpectedly. Doctors found he has developed a heart condition and needed a pacemaker which also put an end to his pro rugby dreams.
Jonathan did continue to play at a lower level and coached the Valley Mavericks for a short time. In addition, he even represented Hong Kong’s National Tag squad in 2018. Now aged 23, Jmo faces a heart operation in October and has only been given a 40 per cent chance of survival.
What is the Jmo Cup?
The tag tournament will take place on Wednesday 12 June at the Happy Valley Recreation Ground, pitch 6. The name of the event is “Give Jmo’s Heart Back”
Players of all experience levels are encouraged to get involved and you can register on the night at the sheds next to pitch 6 with HKD$150. As a fun rule, one player on each team needs to be in fancy dress, the team without anyone in fancy dress starts on minus 2 at the start of the game!
15 teams, which include 5 men’s and 10 mixed teams have registered. The games will be 8 minutes long with no half times.
- $150 per person
- Interested teams / players please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Games will be played under HKTag rules
- Belts, tags and balls will be provided
- ALL proceeds go to Jmo
- Venue: Happy Valley Recreation Ground, Pitch 6, HK
- Date: Wednesday 12th June
Hong Kong Rugby community
The whole rugby community has banded together to assist Jmo. Below are some of the fundraising efforts.
Rugby League Hong Kong
The Hong Kong rugby league community have auctions for two State of Origin II tickets and two NRL Grand Final tickets. In addition, a signed South Sydney Rabbitohs jersey auction is also taking place. The auctions start on 5th June and end on 20th June 2019.