Hongkongers will be able to send a personal letter to someone they love for free next month. This year's 'One Person, One Letter' Free Post Day on October 9 is the eighth consecutive year in which Hongkong Post is offering the service. Everyone can post a letter to a local address for free at any post office branch between October 7 and 9. Each letter, marked 'personal letter', must bear the name and local address of both the sender and recipient. Hongkong Post, which this year is celebrating its 170th anniversary, hopes more people, particularly youngsters, will write letters to loved ones by using its online service. People can write a message online, add the recipient's name and address, and have it printed on a postcard and sent free of charge. 'We want to encourage young people to express their feelings and appreciation to loved ones,' says Sandy Cheung Sau-lai, Hongkong Post's manager of direct mail in business development. 'Knowing they may not be used to writing a letter by hand, the online platform will make it easier for them.' Cheung has fond memories of writing letters while at primary school. She helped her mother write letters to her grandmother and other mainland relatives. 'Writing those letters allowed me to get to know my family more,' she says. 'It also helped me improve my writing skills. Letter writing still has its value in the modern world. Unlike e-mails, you can touch it, keep it and - if it is treasured - re-read it again and again. A letter is also touching when you think of the time and effort taken by the sender.' This year Young Post is collaborating with Hongkong Post to run a 'Young Post x Hongkong Post Writing Competition'. The first 170 entrants will receive a souvenir; the writers of the three most touching messages will each receive a book voucher. To take part, submit your message online before September 16.