Youngsters urged to share and care

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 June, 1999, 12:00am

Join hands and lend a hand to the community. Put your summer holidays to better use.

Organisers of a campaign to improve social awareness among youths are urging young people to make a contribution to society.

The campaign 'Young! Let's Make Things Better' was launched at BP international House recently by disc jockeys, showbiz artists and a group of youths.

In its second year now, the programme is organised by Metro Broadcast 997 and the Summer Youth Programme Committee and sponsored by Philips.

Metro Radio chief executive officer Carl Chang, programming controller and channel director of 997 channel Wallace Kwok Kai-wah, and Summer Youth Programme committee chairman Lam Kwok-hing were on hand at the launch.

Canto-pop stars Aaron Kwok Fu-shing and Sammi Cheng Sau- man will act as young ambassadors.

Ekin Cheng will be the coach to the youths, while Gigi Leung Wing-kei and Leo Ku Kui-kei will act as captains.

Other artists, including Nic Tse Ting-fung, Lilian Ho, Daniel Chan Hiu-tung, Jordan Chan Siu-chun, will also join some of the programmes.

Aaron Kwok, who joined the campaign for the second time, called on youngsters to help 'serve the underprivileged and the needy during the summer vacation'.

Young people will get the chance to join activities such as the Clean Hong Kong and Woodland Conservation Campaign, the Joint-Schools Science Exhibition, cultural exchange programmes to the mainland and Y2K-related activities. A pop concert will be held to mark the end of the programme.

Sally Hui Siu-ling, vice-president of Philips Electronics China Group, said the programme would allow youths to demonstrate their commitment to society while also enhancing their social awareness.

Programme chairman Lam Kwok-hing said: 'Hong Kong is our home, let's serve and share.' Footballer Yau Kin-wai emphasised the benefits that youths could gain from such an exercise. He urged students to spend their holidays in meaningful pursuits.

Recruitment for the programme has begun and 1,000 places have been reserved for secondary students. The deadline is July 6.

Application forms are available at schools, Metro Broadcast, Home Affairs Department Offices, Philips display rooms or via Metro Radio's Web site at http://www.metroradio.