14 scalded in UN fire-walking workshop

2010-11-15 10:53
Hong Kong - Fourteen people were treated for scalded feet after walking barefoot over burning charcoal in a United Nations-organised workshop in Hong Kong, a news report said on Monday.

The injured were among 34 people taking part in a "fire-walking experience empowerment workshop" run by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Eight men and six women went to hospital for treatment after walking across a 2.5m-long bed of hot coals on Sunday evening, the South China Morning Post newspaper said.

The UNHCR's Hong Kong head of fundraising and public education, Lum Kwok-choi, told the newspaper the workshop was aimed at career people who wanted "to turn fear into power".

The event was led by a hedge fund manager who claims to be a certified fire-walking instructor and to have run similar workshops since 1992, according to the Post.

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