The lunchtime rally raises $180,000 from members of the public and wins support from across the political spectrum Activists fighting to protect the harbour from reclamation were treated to an overwhelming show of public support yesterday as they took their battle to the streets of Central in a fundraising drive. The campaign, organised by the chairman of the Society for the Protection of the Harbour, Winston Chu Ka-sun, raised $180,000, bringing the donations to $334,450 since it was launched last Thursday. Unemployed Shau Kei Wan resident Yung Lam Tak-kung, 50, said she donated $20 towards the fund and would have donated much more if she had a job. 'It was such a beautiful harbour when I was growing up,' she said. 'They need to stop before they completely destroy it.' The society's coffers were run dry by its landmark court victory against the government last month, in which the court declared that the approval of reclamation relating to the Central-Wan Chai bypass project was 'flawed as a matter of law'. The society warned last week it would sue the government again after it found that reclamation works had continued despite the ruling. Yesterday's fundraiser and lunchtime rally in Queen's Road Central was boosted by a show of support from across the political spectrum, with those present including Democrats Yeung Sum and James To Kun-sun, The Frontier's Cyd Ho Sau-lan, and Choy So-yuk of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong. But Ms Choy was not allowed to speak by the crowd, which greeted her with boos and thumbs down. 'The important thing is we have cross-party support and the people's support here,' Mr Chu said. 'We have the people's mandate, and whatever the government offers, we will put it to the people to decide.' Housewife Wong Kwai-lin, 49, who travelled from Tuen Mun to Central to thank Mr Chu and donate $100 to the campaign, said the government remained 'as stupid as it has always been'. 'The government told us they would listen to the people and change their attitude, but they are not listening to the people and they are not even listening to the courts,' Ms Wong said. Wan Chai district councillor John Tse Wing-ling, also present at the rally, said he used to live in Gloucester Road as a child and watched the first truckloads of sand being tipped into the harbour. 'It used to be so nice, with people fishing and walking along the waterfront,' he said. 'The more roads you build, the more cars will come along to fill it up. If we don't stop this now, the cycle will just go on and on.' Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Michael Suen Ming-yeung insisted on Saturday that there was 'compelling, overriding and present need' for the bypass reclamation project, adding that any disruption could cost the government a fortune.