Renowned soccer player David Ginola, the 1999 Premier League Player of the Year, was in the SAR recently to launch his global Internet campaign, aimed at raising public awareness of the plight of landmine victims in countries like Cambodia and Angola. Ginola took over the work of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, as spokesman for the International Red Cross Landmines Campaign two years ago. His Internet campaign, 'Walk Without Fear', aims to remind the public of the plight of landmine victims. Each year, more than 24,000 people are killed or permanently maimed by landmines. Neil Thorns of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said Ginola was chosen as spokesman for the campaign because he was an outstanding footballer with great influence. Football is often used in the rehabilitation of landmine survivors who are fitted with prostheses. Through football games, survivors can strengthen their muscles while socialising and re- integrating with the community. Visitors to the 'Walk Without Fear' Web site at www. walkwithoutfear.com can read about the challenges landmine victims face and their success stories. Sponsors will make a one-franc (HK$1.10) donation for each visit to the site. After launching the site in Hong Kong, Ginola and 15 journalists went on a five-day trip to Cambodia to visit landmine survivors, after which Ginola will return to Britain to launch the campaign in Europe. 'I will tell landmine victims that there is still hope. If they know that others are concerned about them, they will have the confidence to walk without fear,' Ginola said. 'My involvement in the campaign over the past two years has been the most rewarding experience of my life,' he said. 'We can make a significant difference in the world by taking the time every once in a while to stop and look at the hardships so many people around us face.' Ginola urged everyone to visit the Web site to help raise funds for landmine victims. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of prostheses and anti-landmine education.