The Rainbow Project is a non-profit organisation established in 1999 by a group of concerned parents and childcare professionals who identified the need for English language education for children with autism. The organisation aims to provide special educational facilities for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Hong Kong, and promote awareness of autism in the wider Hong Kong community.
RYTHM Foundation began its long-term association with The Rainbow Project in 2006, when QNET Hong Kong, led by Foundation Trustee Mr Richard Zinkiewicz participated in the Rainbow Trek. This 25km fundraising walk that began from the famous Hong Kong Peak helped the Foundation raise a huge sum of HKD 50,000. The event, organised by Island School Amalgamated Charities gives participants the option of trekking either 25km, which is half the distance, or the full distance of 50km, while donating towards a good cause. The Rainbow Trek has since grown into an annual activity for volunteers from the QI family who are based in Hong Kong.
In addition to this, RYTHM Foundation also sponsored a special classroom called the Tung Chung RYTHM-Rainbow classroom for autistic children in the New Territories at approximately HKD 600,000. This keen interest in children, coupled with the spirit of caring, became the building block for the Foundation’s association with The Rainbow Project.