Dual bids to clean up HK planned

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 April, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 April, 2003, 12:00am


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Two clean-up campaigns are planned across Hong Kong for the Easter weekend to help stop the spread of Sars.

One will be a 36-hour, non-stop clean-up of major blackspots, co-ordinated by the Home Affairs Bureau. The other is 'Operation Unite', a private-sector campaign initiated by Education Commission chairwoman Rosanna Wong Yick-ming.

Both campaigns begin on Saturday, with full details to be announced today and tomorrow.

Organisers say there is no conflict between the two campaigns. 'We are still lining up the programme, including identifying blackspots, who is going where and what they will do,' a bureau spokeswoman said.

'It is going to be on a very large scale, so there are many logistics involved.

'We have appealed to all non-governmental organisations to join us and support the clean-up, so the Operation Unite campaign is not completely separate. This is a day on which everyone should be cleaning. There is no contradiction.'

Organisers described Operation Unite as complementary to the government-led campaign. A spokeswoman for Dr Wong said: 'Our focus is the community, so we will encourage everybody to clean their homes and offices.'

Anyone interested in supporting the government's clean-up initiative should contact their district office.

For details of the Operation Unite campaign contact 2884 8557.