Students have taken up oars to help fight poverty in China. Five universities were represented at Sha Tin Rowing Centre for the Corporate Rowing Charity Challenge, organised by World Vision Hong Kong and the territory's Amateur Rowing Association. Teams from Hong Kong University, Chinese University, Baptist University, the Polytechnic University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology competed. The aim was to enhance concern over poverty on the mainland and raise funds for the foundation. 'It is essential that we joined hands to fight poverty together with the impoverished people of China,' chief executive of World Vision Hong Kong, Dr Thomas Chan Sze-tong, said. Dr Chan presented prizes to the winners, from Baptist University. Their crew were: Shek Kin-ming, Ching Tse-ki, Kwok Fuk-ka, Chau Tak-chi, Cheung Kwok-ping, Chan Ka-man, Lam Ho-yin and Wong Kwok-leong. Cox Louie Kot said: 'It's difficult for six newcomers who have had only three months' practice to beat such seasoned Hong Kong University and Chinese University crews, but we did.' Hong Kong University won silver. Their cox, Leung Ka-cheong, said: 'We joined the rowing challenge to help raise funds for World Vision's China Community Development Fund's projects in China. Winning was not our top priority.' Mr Leung said the races were warm-ups for the Intervarsity race next Sunday. By the end of the day, the organisation raised more than $500,000.