Summer challenge

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 June, 2004, 12:00am

Francis Li; Age: 17 Challenge: Rock climbing

School: Hong Kong International School

To use public outdoor climbing walls in Hong Kong, Francis needs to pass the Level Two examination and will start the first level this summer. 'Rock climbing is a fascinating sport. I have done it here and in New Zealand,'

said Francis. 'You need to be strong both physically and mentally. It is a big


'The Level One course teaches you the basics. Although I know them quite well, I still need to attend 16 hours of lectures and practical sessions.

'At the same time, I will get the YMCA certificate.

'Eventually I want to use the outdoor wall at King's Park but I will need a Level Two license. I plan to do that later this year.'

Gigi Lam; Age: 15 Challenge: Write songs/learn saxophone

School: St Catherine's School for Girls

Gigi is a multi-talented musician.

She will take her piano diploma examination in November, has passed Grade Two double bass and Grade Three sanxian (a three-stringed plucked Chinese instrument) exams.

She can also play the liuqin (another plucked stringed Chinese instrument), French horn and African drums. She is responsible for song compositions for a joint school musical in mid-August.

'The story is about people working in a market place in the 1980s,' the fourth former said.

'We need five songs and there are four of us to compose the music and write the lyrics. It is going to be a big production and we'll start working after the school exams at the end of this month.'

Gigi is also going to pick up the saxophone this summer.

'I have seen people playing

the saxophone and they looked

so cool.'

Carey Lee; Age: 19 Challenge: Voluntary work

School: Lok Sin Tong Ku Chiu Man Secondary School

Inspired by a Japanese novel, Village of 100 People, Carey is determined to make friends with 100 people through voluntary work.

'The story tells how a village leader gets to know the other people in his village. Everyone has a different character so it's challenging to make friends with them all,' said Carey.

'I have been doing some voluntary work at community centres and elderly homes. Through helping them, I can get to know them.

'I will need to help and talk to four people each day to meet my target.'

Carey will clean the apartments of elderly people who live alone.

She will teach English at community centres catering for newly arrived children from the mainland and coach primary school basketball teams.

'I feel happy when helping people in need. I can also learn a lot from their experiences,'

said Carey.

Carmen Kong; Age: 16 Challenge: Learn Spanish

School: SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School

Carmen wants to be a translator. She realised that she had a talent for languages when she was young. Now, being fluent in Cantonese, English and Mandarin, Carmen is ready to take on Spanish as her latest challenge.

'I will start a three-month beginners' course in the summer,' said Carmen.

'I tried to learn Spanish using tapes but the pronunciation was quite difficult to learn. Therefore, I decided to take a course.'

Carmen was going to choose either French or Spanish, but since her favourite singer is Christina Aguilera, she picked Spanish.

'I will do Spanish first but eventually I want to learn French as well,' she added.

'My ultimate target is to

study translation and interpretation and become a professional translator.'