Every 15 minutes, someone is killed or maimed by a landmine, a deadly hidden menace in the soil. Over 900 students from 13 schools showed their concern about the tragic effects of landmines by taking part in the Wilson Walkathon last Friday and Saturday. Here is what one school, the Delia School of Canada, said: 'We are honoured to participate in Oxfam's Wilson Walkathon to help say 'No to Landmines, Yes to Peace'. 'We appreciate the activities that you planned for us. Many of our pupils have seen your video about the dangers of landmines and how they affect families, moms, dads, boys and girls. 'We are grateful that we are able to walk in safety to help those who cannot'. Over 300 students from the Delia School of Canada joined in the one-hour walk along the family trail from Hong Kong Parkview to Tai Tam Road. They also got to handle actual landmines (which had been de-mined) and played games to learn more about the issue. On Saturday, it was the secondary school students' turn to tackle two sections of the Wilson Trail. It started off with a short ceremony at which Legislative Councillor Lau Chin-shek described his experiences on his Oxfam trip to Cambodia, the most disabled country in the world. There are more landmines there than people. Dharam Mirpuri, Mathew Ting, Baggy Sartape, Paul Ho, Sadhna Narwani, Toby Tang, Shivani Patel, Varsha Punjabi, Pooja Ahuja and Paul Vataga - all students of Sear Rogers International School - organised a short drama about victims of landmines in central Vietnam. They all wore bandages over their injuries. One curled up his arm under his shirt to show the audience what an amputated limb would look like. Paul Vataga, who is half Chinese and half Vietnamese, performed barefoot and with his eyes bandaged. He gave a compelling account, in a convincing half-Vietnamese, half-English speech: 'I am 15 years old. My commune is located in an area which during the war contained USA air base. In 1993, I am working in my family's paddy field, when boom! A mine exploded. 'I lost my right arm and both my eyes. My older sister stopped going to school to help me and my family. Many people in commune are afraid to work in the fields now.' Three students from the German-Swiss International School, co-organisers of the walkathon, were of particular help in planning the event. John O'Connor originally thought of staging the event and helped co-ordinate the schedule with the other 11 participating schools. Martin Moller-Jensen helped with the organising work and contributed many good ideas. He pointed out that if the walkathon had been held in Cambodia, at least two people would by now have been victims (considering that one in every 236 there is a victim). Petri Laine made interesting signs that were planted along the trail. One sign read: 'For every one mine removed, another 30 are planted'. Petri also designed the T-shirts the participants wore as they trudged up and down the many hills. At the finish, over six kilometres later, there were many sweaty, red-faced people, but they all seemed to have enjoyed the event! Please support Oxfam's 'No to Landmines, Yes to Peace!' campaign. There are petition-postcards which you and your classmates can sign to call for a total ban on landmines - call Madeleine on 2821 3219 for details. If you want to help raise funds to assist landmine victims, note that just $500 helps Oxfam purchase a simple wheelchair for an amputee in Cambodia. Oxfam Hong Kong is an independent development and relief agency which works with the poor regardless of race, sex, religion or politics in their struggle against poverty, distress and suffering.