Young activists staged a 16km run yesterday to whip up support for the Democratic Party in the district council elections. 'We hope this will encourage people to come out and vote. We are confident that more people will vote for the Democratic Party this year,' said Kitty Ng Yuen-chun, who was monitoring the run. Sixteen-year-old Ms Ng is also chairwoman of the Hong Kong Secondary Students' Union, which was founded after July 1, when more than 500,000 people marched in protest against the proposed national security laws. 'We are a student group organising support for the Democratic Party. We hope we will get more members this way. Our aim is to promote civic education in Hong Kong,' she said. Jethro Chiu Kin-yit, 22, assistant campaigner of the Democratic Development Network, said: 'People are really taking notice. 'We don't expect lots of people to actually run with us, but we hope the public will see that we're doing something physically active to promote the Democratic Party and will be encouraged to vote.' More than 30 enthusiastic students in orange pro-democracy T-shirts ran a 16.6km circuit from the Legislative Council building to Taikoo Shing and back.