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Love-run's star quality

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 July, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 July, 1993, 12:00am

STARS of the political stage joined those of the entertainment world yesterday on a ''love run'' along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade to launch a 30-hour charity event.


Politicians taking part in ''Jogging for Love 30'' were the Liberal Party's Allen Lee Peng-fei, the United Democrats of Hongkong's Martin Lee Chu-ming, and the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hongkong's Tam Yiu-chung.


But the presence of Veronica Yip Yuk-hing and Leon Lai Ming drew crowds and gave the start of the event the atmosphere of a pop concert.


Surrounded by admirers and wearing hot pants and high-heeled shoes, Yip could not quite manage to break into a jog.


But her composed stroll along the promenade provided a striking contrast to the huffing politicians.


For once, political adversaries were united in wearing T-shirts, running shoes and beaming smiles.


Spectators were treated to the sight of all three party leaders gathered round a ''second stove'', where they lit torches and proceeded to run holding them aloft.


In the fitness stakes the streamlined Mr Martin Lee, was far ahead of his competitors.


Sporting a look of relief, Mr Allen Lee was pleased to call it a day after only one lap. ''I thought I wouldn't have to run after donating money,'' he confessed.


The race, which is due to end at 4 pm today, was organised by a group of volunteers who hope to raise $1 million for Project Orbis and Sowers' Action.


Project Orbis is a flying eye care hospital which has worked extensively in China, and Sowers' Action is a Hongkong-based initiative for promoting primary education in rural China.


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