Fun day starts volunteer call
Young people are being encouraged to spend their summer holiday helping others through the Summer Youth Programme 1999 (SYP).
The fun-filled SYP Youth 2000 event at the former Kai Tak airport kicked off the programme's drive to recruit volunteers to help the elderly, disabled and recent migrants from the mainland.
The event was organised by the Summer Youth Programme Committee and Metro Radio. More than 40 game stalls were set up for 1,000 youths who have already signed up to serve the community this summer.
The entertainment on offer included a video-wall games competition, pig racing and a disc jockey contest.
Programme chairman Wilfred Lam Kwok-hing said it was hoping to get more than 1.2 million young people involved in various recreational activities and community services under the theme, 'Hong Kong is our home, let's serve and share'.
'We want to spread the message to more youngsters earlier this year and emphasise the five virtues of education by taking part in voluntary services,' he said.
He said more than 10,000 activities had been planned for the summer, including camps, workshops, carnivals and overseas trips.
The SYP programme will be co-organised with 18 district offices and will run from mid-June until late September.
Form Three students Kelvin Tso Mong, Louise Poon Wai-sze and Patrick Tai Pui-kuen from CNEC Christian College said community work would broaden their horizons.
Last year Pui-kuen and Mong helped mentally-handicapped children.
'I learned to communicate with them and my attitude towards these children changed from negative to positive,' Pui- kuen said.