Go hiking and help poor children

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 September, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 September, 2006, 12:00am

The Sowers Action group will add to the HK$14 million already raised for underprivileged children in remote areas of China when it hosts the Challenging 12 Hours 2006 race next month.

Families, friends, schools and organisations are invited to take part in the annual 42-kilometre and 10km hikes which aim to raise money for poor children's education. The deadline for entries is September 11.

All donations generated from the walks on October 15 will be used for educational purposes, such as the rebuilding of schools and for paying tuition fees. The 10k race is being introduced for the first time this year. It will start at Shing Mun Reservoir Main Dam and goes through Lead Mine Pass to finish in Tai Po. The marathon distance begins at Yau Tong and ends in Tai Po - along the Wilson Trail, sections 3-8.

The 42km event will pass through patches of rough terrain. All competitors are expected to complete the activity in 12 hours. For the 10km event, the time is

six hours.

In rural mountainous regions of the mainland, some children have to walk more than two hours to school. Their hunger for knowledge prompted Sowers Action volunteers to launch the charity walk six

years ago.

The aim of the event is to support the students' education and provide a better future for them. To achieve this, all competitors are required to raise a minimum amount before taking part. More than 2,100 people joined last year's race, raising a total of HK$2.3 million.

To learn more about the event, visit www.challenging12hours.org




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