Orienteering winners PCCW jump for joy at the Macau Tower

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 October, 2007, 12:00am

The Hong Kong and Macau O! Day charity event allows young participants to learn more about both places

Earlier this month, nearly 300 participants set off in search of control points in Hong Kong Island and Macau to compete for the championship in the 'Hong Kong and Macau O! Day'.

The cross-border orienteering is an annual event organised by the Salvation Army. It was the biggest fund-raising charity orienteering held in the urban area.

On a bright and sunny Saturday, participants started off at the Golden Bauhinia Square.

They not only searched for a series of control points in the heart of the city with a 'word-free' map, but also found the meeting points through SMS messages.

After the control points in Hong Kong were tackled, they went to Macau by hydrofoil and continued the search in the historical streets and avenues, before finally crossing the finish line at the Macau Tower.

The Hong Kong and Macau O! Day is aimed at helping Hong Kong and Macau participants better understand both places.

Through the support of the volunteers in Hong Kong and Macau, teenage participants in the event were able to have a better understanding of the culture and history of both cities.

They had to dig deep into their knowledge of the cities in order to pass the control points and continue with the journey.

With assistance provided by various departments of the two governments, the Salvation Army was able to set up control points in different public spots. The variety of the search routes made the race more challenging and interesting.

The overall championship went to the PCCW team. Apart from the trophies, they also won Seiko watches and free trials to the world's highest bungee jump.

They took brave jumps from the 233-metre Macau Tower, falling at speeds of up to 200 km/h one by one, and won thunderous applause from the audience.

For information, visit www.salvation.org.hk