24 HOUR RACES HAVE BEEN A YOUTH MOVEMENT SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING, DRIVEN ENTIRELY BY THE SPIRIT, ENERGY AND DEDICATION OF STUDENTS.
STUDENTS PLAN THE EVENTS, RUN THE RACES, FUNDRAISE AND ADVOCATE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES.
Our Organizing Committees are derived from a highly selective process consisting of a written application, followed by a group interview, and finalized through a one-on-one interview, typically with a board member. Roles on the Organizing Committee are headed by the Executive Director; Business Development Director; Operations Director; Community Director; and Marketing Director. Each Director works with 3-4 role-specific Committee Members who make up the remaining spots of the Organizing Committee.
The qualities we look for include leadership, sound work ethic, maturity, common sense and passion for the cause. Organizing Committees are reponsible for the execution of their country's 24 Hour Race.
We expect our OCs to transform from students to entrepreneurs and social innovators. Our aim is to empower by offering mentorship, structure and guidance throughout the process of organising 24 Hour Race events. This is an opportunity for members of the OC in each country to be part of an international coalition of impressive student leaders, to learn from each other and develop their skills leading up to the 24 Hour Race. We aim to provide seminars, trainings, and placements in internships with partner organisations for OC members, in order to develop their business acumen in fields related to their functional role.
Further, OCs have the opportunity to select 2-4 sub-committee members at their discretion to help them achieve their goals. Therefore, there are normally 21 high school volunteers involved in the core aspects of running the race itself.
Each director benefits from a relationship either with a board member or partner organisation whom they can communicate with at any time to discuss various intricacies of organizing the race. The 24 Hour Race is more than just an endurance challenge, but we empower our leaders to make it happen.
Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation
Our role at the 24 Hour Race is to provide to our students a framework for success and empowerment. These include a clear vision for the 24 Hour Race and our international youth movement, and the benchmarks that will be required to set up an event. We'll be working with the students across all the cities to establish business rules, feedback and support systems for their teams, and allow them to map out a plan to develop the resources, partners, and support to build a 24 Hour Race. Despite a strategic framework, the Race will pose a challenge requiring perseverance, creativity, and determination to be a force for good.
In accord with their roles on the Organizing Committee, student leaders on each 24 Hour Race will be primarily responsible for developing sponsorships and partnerships, recruiting students and schools, event logistics, procuring resources and community marketing and public relations. Furthermore, they will work with the HQ team in Hong Kong to establish necessary Health, Safety and Security procedures, local compliance, IT and financial systems.
The 24 Hour Race relies on a impressive diversity of students across Asia to execute this international movement. To take advantage of this terrific opportunity, we'll be inviting these amazing young people to come to Hong Kong in late August for a few days of learning, sharing and inspiration.
We'll have these students share their passion, insight and experience, receive trainings from accomplished professionals in a variety of fields, and learn about slavery today. We're even developing opportunities for exposure and experiential learning to modern slavery right here in Hong Kong through our partners. This summit will give our student leaders a chance to know that what they do matters beyond just their community and city but across the entire continent.
Fundraising & Planning
As the 24 Hour Race movement crescendos toward the end of the calendar year, the start of the school year is the busiest time for the student leaders on the Organizing Committee. This phase is critical to securing the funds, resources, and local support to ensure a successful 24 Hour Race come November. During this time period student leaders receive the most direct support, guidance and mentorship to guide them through the stress and challenges of event management, philanthropic advocacy and the responsibility of an entire community.
Execution & Handover
The penultimate stage for students is race day. The lead up to the 24 Hour Race will push many to their limits, let alone the superhuman effort required to complete the Race itself. But with the greatest challenges come the greatest accomplishments.
Successful execution relies on international collaboration and communication, diligent tracking and task management, and allocating diverse resources and human capital. The 24 Hour Race is geared to allow students to tackle and grow through this gargantuan task.
However, the OC's responsibilities are not completed at the end of the 24 hour event. Testing responsibility and commitment, we expect students to participate in event follow-up and handover, soliciting feedback, providing diligent reporting, and closing partnerships to ensure a foundation for the growth of the 24 Hour Race the following year.