Magical tool to express love for others
Hongkong Post is organising a competition aimed at promoting students' interest in letter writing as a means of expressing their love for others.
It is being held in support of the Universal Postal Union's 34th International Letter-Writing Competition.
The theme this year is 'A Letter to My Favourite Fairytale Character', in celebration of the bicentenary of well-known children's author Hans Christian Andersen.
'We believe that this competition can help students improve their letter-writing skills and enhance their creativity,' said Postmaster-General Allan Chiang.
'Letter writing is really a magical communication tool, and a handwritten letter can mean a great deal to the person who receives it.
'In addition to sending letters to friends and relatives, students can now use their creativity and imagination to communicate with their favourite fairytale character.'
The champion of the English and Chinese categories will each receive a book coupon worth $2,000 and a trophy.
Prizes will also be given to first runner-up, second runner-up and 10 merit award-winners from each group.
In addition, all the winners will receive a first-day cover of a stamp honouring Anderson.
The grand champion will represent Hong Kong at the Universal Postal Union's Letter Writing Competition to compete for a free trip to Copenhagen, Denmark - Andersen's hometown.
The three schools with the highest number of entries will each receive an award, along with a book coupon, for their efforts in encouraging students to take part in the competition.
Mr Chiang added: 'There was a time when writing letters was our only means of communicating over long distances. In today's world, where speed and convenience are paramount, we can pick up the phone and speak to anyone, anywhere, in just a few seconds.
'But reading a personal message in a letter, knowing someone took the time to write it, can make it much more meaningful.
'Once written, it is permanent and can be read over and over again, and cherished over time in the knowledge that someone cared enough to take the time to write.'
Students who are Hong Kong residents aged 15 or younger as of March 31, 2005 are eligible to take part in the competition.
The deadline for entries is March 31. Application forms can be downloaded at www.hongkongpost.com
For enquiries, call 2921 2222.