In wheelchair, paraplegic Lai Chi-wai climbs up skyscraper in Hong Kong


Lai Chi-wai grew to become the primary in Hong Kong to climb greater than 250 meters of a skyscraper whereas strapped right into a wheelchair as he pulled himself up for greater than 10 hours on Saturday to lift cash for spinal wire sufferers.

The 37-year-old climber, whose automobile accident 10 years in the past left him paralyzed from waist down, couldn’t make it to the highest of the 300 metre-tall Nina Tower on the Kowloon peninsula.

“I was quite scared,” Lai mentioned. “Climbing up a mountain, I can hold onto rocks or little holes, but with glass, all I can really rely on is the rope that I’m hanging off.”

The occasion raised HK$5.2 million ($670,639) in donations.

Lai, previous to 2011, was topped Asia champion 4 instances for mountain climbing and at one level ranked eighth globally.

After his accident, he resumed climbing by attaching his wheelchair to a pulley system. Five years in the past he ascended the 495-metre excessive Lion Rock mountain, a neighborhood people tradition image of Hong Kong’s energy and grit.

“Apart from just living, I wondered what drives me? So I began to chase that, knowing that there was a possibility I could climb mountains, even in a wheelchair,” Lai mentioned.

“In a way, I forgot that I was a disabled person, I could still dream and I could still do what I liked doing.”

Although he didn’t make it to the highest of the skyscraper, because of security considerations, Lai hoped to ship a message.

“Some people don’t understand the difficulties of disabled people, some people think that we are always weak, we need help, we need assistance, we need people’s pity,” Lai mentioned.

“But, I want to tell everyone, it doesn’t have to be like that. If a disabled person can shine, they can at the same time bring about opportunity, hope, bring about light, they don’t have to be viewed as weak.”


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