A 13-year-old Hong Kong girl drew on her fears after the September 11 terrorist attacks to win a worldwide competition to design a peace poster. Cookie Lau Hei-man, a Form Two student at True Light Middle School in Kowloon Tong, beat more than 320,000 contestants to win top prize in the 2001-02 Lions International Peace Poster Contest, sponsored by charity fund-raising group the Lions Clubs International. Hei-man said she started designing the poster shortly after the terrorist attacks in the United States. Her poster depicts doves bursting out of a rainbow, while one, with an olive branch in its mouth, breaks free from the picture. 'I was scared that night,' she said. 'Many people have taken happiness for granted and are not aware that lots of people are plagued by war and hunger.' The competition was launched to give young people aged 11 to 13 around the world an opportunity to express their feelings about peace. Hei-man - who last month won top prize when she designed a souvenir stamp on the theme 'Asia's World City' in a contest sponsored by the SAR Post Office - said she wanted to send a message of peace through her poster. Linda Chan Lee Yeung-ling, school development officer at the Education Department, said it was the first time a Hong Kong student had won the annual contest since it began in 1988. She said this year's contest drew more than 320,000 entries from 65 countries. Hei-man will receive an award of US$2,500 (HK$19,500) at the United Nations headquarters in New York on March 22. Her mother, Candice Ho, who will accompany her to New York, said they planned to visit the World Trade Centre site.