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More than 2.5 million people worldwide are paralyzed because of spinal injury.
Change is possible but we need support. Our charity is dedicated to finding a cure for paralysis and helping those who suffer spinal injury.
“Many of the world’s greatest scientists and technologists have discovered breakthroughs that have the potential to impact paralysed people’s lives in the next 5 years. Yet, the interventions are held hostage in the minds and labs of these spectacular researchers due to systemic failures in translating research from the lab to the clinic.”
The Ben Kende Spinal Research Foundation was formally created in 2019 by friends of young athlete Ben Kende in order to support spinal research. A rising star of Hong Kong rugby, Ben sustained a spinal cord injury while representing the territory at the Asian Junior Championship in August 2010 and is now adjusting to life as a tetraplegic with limited use of his arms and no use of his legs.

BKF HKFC Spinal Research Ball 2023

You are all cordially invited to our annual Spinal Research Ball which we're holding on Saturday, 11th November.

We hope that you and your friends can join us for a great evening of food entertainment and dancing, for the very good cause of spinal research. For details of the event please download the ball invitation.

If your would like to join us, please complete and send in the invitation form or simply fill in this secure online form.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Warm regards,


Undamaged - an inspirational journey

Undamaged is a book about inspirational journey of Ben Kende, who was born and raised in Hong Kong. Ben became quadriplegic after a tragic accident while representing Hong Kong in rugby and, since then, he’s has overcome many obstacles to become a successful lawyer.

The book explores disability, subconscious bias and discrimination, the latest astonishing research on resilience and post traumatic growth, and some interesting achievements, such as wheelchair backpacking in developing countries. It also outlines how a whole community came out to support a fallen hero in Hong Kong.

The book is available at the Hong Kong Book Centre and Bookazine. Money raised from sales of Undamaged go to funding spinal research into a cure for paralysis.