Anti-drug message at event

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 August, 2009, 12:00am

Christian Zheng Sheng College students joined hands with the police yesterday to hand out anti-drug leaflets at the Ani-com and Games fair.

Hong Kong Island regional crime prevention officer Chief Inspector Chan Kam-hoi said the event was teeming with young people and was a good time to promote the anti-drug message.

College principal Alman Chan Siu-cheuk said it was always willing to co-operate with society and the police.

'We're here to tell the young to stay away from drugs and to tell them even if they have taken drugs before, you can change,' he said. 'It's also one of the aims to blend the anti-drug message with entertainment, as shown by one of the games showcased at the fair.'

He said he understood that young people were playful, but it was important they knew what they were playing with.

The college is a school that aims to help students with drug addictions and other problems through life education.

Meanwhile, Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said yesterday the government had allocated HK$9 million to launch a year-long community programme against youth drug abuse this month.

He said the programme aimed to help young people make better use of leisure time and develop positive values towards life, as well as helping them resist drugs.

It would reach out to young people through the outreach network of non-governmental organisations and join district councils, the Hong Kong Medical Association, schools, hospitals, sports and religious associations in the city's 18 districts to provide various activities - ranging from sports and culture to seminars and sharing sessions on youth drug problems - to youngsters.

The government is also organising more than 5,300 activities through this year's Summer Youth Programme.