Chance to win US Disney trip
Before construction of the Hong Kong Disney park gets under way, 40 local young people will have the chance to win a trip to visit Disneyland, Florida, next year to meet their favourite cartoon characters and other youths from around the world.
The Millennium Dreamers Recognition Programme, organised by McDonald's and Disney in association with the United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is the world's largest recognition programme for youths who have contributed to their communities.
A total of 2,000 young delegates (40 from Hong Kong) aged between eight and 15, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian will be selected to take part in the event at the Florida Disneyland in May.
The Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers is supporting the event. At the programme's launching ceremony, federation president Yeung Yiu-chung said: 'As our living standards consistently improve, there is a tendency for people to become self-centred. I hope this programme can encourage young people to care for and help others in the community.' Four student representatives from Hong Kong Shu Yan School filled out nomination forms at the ceremony.
Chu Ming-man, nine, is a prefect, class monitor and has taken part in charity walks for the past two years.
The Primary Four student said he has loved Disney cartoons ever since he saw the Lion King.
'It is the best movie I've seen. The story is very touching and the cartoons are very lively.' Primary Five student Wong Wai-yuen, 12, has been a class monitor for three years. He said he loved helping others.
'The job is not that difficult. I only need to make sure everyone hands in his homework on time, everyone's school uniform is in order and help teachers collect exercise books,' he said.
Although there are many new Disney characters, he said Mick ey Mouse and Donald Duck were his favourites because they were 'classic'.
Wai-yuen said he would go with his father if he was selected.
Primary Six student Ho Yung, 12, has been a head prefect for two years and is a subject representative this year.
He said everyone dreamed about Disney.
'I think both adults and children love Disney because it consists of all good things and it brings people happiness,' he said.
Another applicant, Yeung Siu- kwan, 13, has been a member of a road safety team for three years.
'Although I don't have a high position in the team, I can help raise people's awareness of road safety.' Nomination forms are available at primary and secondary schools throughout Hong Kong; McDonald's Restaurants (except Happy Valley, Sha Tin Race Course, Hong Kong Stadium, Kowloon Park and Ocean Park); the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong; the YWCA (Youth Centre); the Hong Kong Girl Guide Association head office; the Scout Association of Hong Kong; CECES Learning Centres; Playright Playground Association Play Resources Centre; Hong Kong Children's Choir; Hong Kong Schools' Music and Speech Association; Children's Art World; Spot Light Children's Education Centre; and Creative Kids.
Forms can also be downloaded from Web sites at www.mcdonalds.com or at www. disney.com Completed forms should be sent to Millennium Dreamers, PO Box 3715, General Post Office, 2 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong by January 4.