Proving anything's possible with teamwork, a Canto-pop king, disc jockeys, the visually impaired and 200 youths joined forces and used nothing but muscle power to tow a 140-tonne aircraft and promote equal opportunities. Aged between 16 and 20, the youths used their bare hands and a strong rope to pull a Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus 30 metres down the runway at Chek Lap Kok airport. The challenge was to show anything is possible when people work together regardless of ability, race or sex. The event, organised by local voluntary association Eternal Flame Action, promoted by Hit Radio 997 and supported by Virgin Atlantic Airways, was believed to be the first of its kind in Asia. The task was under project Operation Seagull, which helps the personal growth and development of youths in Hong Kong. Pop idol Jacky Cheung Hok-yau joined the event to spread the message of equality. 'When I first came to the airport, I thought the plane was too large and heavy for me to pull. 'However, with our close co-operation and good spirits, anything can be achieved,' he said. The cool, windy weather and dark sky seemed to have no impact on the youths' confidence. The event was witnessed by 100 guests and the press. Cheered on by the audience and guests along the runaway, the participants took less than a minute to pull the A340-300 Airbus 30 metres. After taking part in the activity, par ticipants said they had learned to appreciate the contribution everyone could make. Kwok Chun-kit, 19, a seventh-former at CCC Kei San Secondary School said: 'I really respect the active involvement and dignity of the visually impaired in the activity. 'People who are brought into the world should enjoy equal opportunities. There's no difference in race, character, gender and ability. 'It's the most unforgettable experience in my life and makes me strongly believe that if we have courage and dignity to work together, we can do a marvellous job and build a fair world together,' he said. Chu Siu-man, 16, from Lee Wai Lee Tech nical Institute said the aircraft was moved by 'youth power' generat ed by those who com mitted themselves to practise equality in their lives. The activity also raised money for the Hong Kong Blind Union to encourage more visually-impaired people to play an active role in society. Money raised will also benefit Lifeline Express, an organisation which helps treat people on the mainland who have curable eye diseases and prevent them from going blind. Last month, the participants came up with the idea of pulling an aircraft to demonstrate teamwork. Two weeks before the event, the 200 participants underwent a four-day training course in Fanling. They practised for the task by pulling police armoured vehicles and holding several team-building sessions.