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Run in The Dark founder visits Taiwan to promote sold-out event

Shin Kong Life Foundation (SKLF) and Shin Kong Life jointly present the international charity night run event "Run in The Dark" in Taipei. All 6,000 spots were already taken for the run slated to begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 at Dajia Riverside Park.

Taipei will become the first leg of the event in 2016, ahead of cities such as London, Manchester and Dublin.

The SKLF and Shin Kong Life invited Mark Pollock, founder of "Run in The Dark," to Taipei from Oct. 14-16 to share his life's stories in a series of forums and promotion events for the run. Pollock had been a competitive athlete despite losing the vision in his right eye when he was 5 and in the left eye when was 22. In 2003, He completed six marathons in seven days with a sighted partner across the Gobi Desert in China in a fundraising event for the UK-based charity Sightsavers International. In 2004, he ran the North Pole Marathon. Four years later he became the first blind runner to complete the South Pole Marathon.

Pollock suffered from a catastrophic spinal cord injury after falling out of a window in 2010 that left him paralyzed. As Pollock strives to walk again, he founded "Run in The Dark," which plays a vital role in funding The Mark Pollock Trust's mission to fast-track a cure for paralysis.

In his first promotion event in Taipei on Oct. 14, Pollock shared the stage with Tang Feng-cheng (唐峰正), chairman of the Foundation of Universal Design Education in Taiwan and local triathlon athlete Wang Wei-kai (王威凱). Shin Kong Financial Holding Co. Vice Chairman Victor Hsu (許澎), Shin Kong Life President Jason Tsai (蔡雄繼), Shin Kong Life Foundation Deputy Chief Executive Officer Chen Yen-ming (陳彥名), Shin Kong Security Vice President Hsu Cheng-yen (許振煙), Shin Kong Bank Vice President Yang Chih-neng (楊智能) participated the event to pay respect to the three fighters dedicated to changing lives in their respective fields.

Cynthia Wu (吳欣盈), CEO of SKLF, said that she has known Mark for years as they are fellow members of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders. "I met Mark this year again at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Due to my admiration of Mark's positive energy and the fact that our foundation puts strategy attention on various kinds of charity issues, we invited Mark to make Taipei the first leg of this year's Run in The Dark in order to raise awareness to the visual impaired and people who suffered from paralysis in Taiwan," Wu said.

All 6,000 spots available for the run were filled up in September. The SKLF and the Shin Kong Life will donate all proceedings to charity groups such as the Spinal Cord Injury Foundation in Taiwan and the Hope of Vision Association, Taiwan.

Part of the donations will be used to purchase AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators), which will be given to charity groups in need.

Pollock said that he was glad to learn that Shin Kong helped him gather 6,000 runners to the event. Through Shin Kong's influence, more people will get to know "Run in The Dark" and join its course.

For more information on the event, please visit the website

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