Rising tide of volunteers celebrate their most successful beach clean-up

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 November, 2011, 12:00am


In its 11th year, the Hong Kong International Coastal Clean-up Challenge was bigger than ever.

This year, the number of volunteers swelled by a third from last year, as did the amount of trash collected over the six-week initiative.

At the challenge's awards ceremony at Shore Restaurant and Bar in Central on Wednesday, event organiser and Ecovision Asia founder Lisa Christensen thanked the 11,912 participants who helped clean up the city's beaches.

Many of them were present and happily nursing ocean-themed cocktails at the bar.

Special guest emcee Lisa Selesner was all smiles and goodwill despite the absence of husband Daniel Wu Yin-cho, also a staunch supporter of the cause.

Wu was travelling to New York to shoot his latest movie.

'I've been chipping in towards the challenge for seven years now, and I feel that it gets bigger and better every year,' Selesner said.

'The older I get, the more I see of the world, the more I realise the importance of charities; and the coastal clean-up effort is something that I'm very passionate about.'

Also happy to lend her talents was newly-minted TV-musical star Rosemary Vandenbroucke.

She gave a throaty rendition of British singer Adele's chart-topping hit Rolling in the Deep, while also playing along on guitar.