Bird model-making contest takes off

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 May, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 May, 2001, 12:00am

More than a thousand people gathered at Queen Elizabeth Stadium for the second 'Ramsar Dance With The Birds and Model Making Competition'.

The event was organised by the Conservancy Association in collaboration with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong Jockey Club and Shell Hong Kong.

It aimed to educate local teenagers about the importance of preserving Hong Kong's wetlands and to raise their awareness of environmental protection.

The event was the highlight of the association's long-term campaign to protect the natural habitat of Hau Hoi Wan (Deep Bay), Hong Kong's largest area of wetlands.

The competition was divided into four parts.

In the first part, a total of 60 teams made up of 200 secondary school students competed for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy for Flying Bird Model.

Each team had to submit a model made entirely by themselves, containing moving parts so that the model would fly on its own for a set distance.

In the second part, more than 600 primary pupils divided into 200 teams competed for the Cheung Kong Trophy for Bird Model Making. Each team had to make a model of a bird and its nest.

In the third part, students from five secondary schools took part in the 'Bird Sound Imitating Contest'. They had to imitate bird sounds without the aid of any instrument.

The final part featured 'bird dances' performed by students from 16 kindergartens.

General secretary of the association Lister Cheung Lai-ping said: 'We aim to raise teenagers' awareness of the importance of protecting birds' natural habitat through an interesting and in spiring event. The contest last year was highly successful.'

Students from Lok Sin Tong Leung Chik Wai Memorial School took the Jockey Club Trophy For Flying Bird Model.

Sixth former Chang Ka-leung said: 'I never thought we would win, but I did think our model would fly the furthest.' The team from Buddhist Ho Nam Kam College won the Bird Sound Imitating prize.

In the primary school section, Hong Kong Taoist Association Yuen Yuen Primary School took the Cheung Kong Trophy for Bird Model Making.