The Civic Party is fighting an uphill battle in reaching out to new districts where other groups are long established. The party, formed in March, recently increased its efforts to build a network in Kowloon West and New Territories West, constituencies where it is not represented by legislators. But the task, entrusted to media commentator Claudia Mo Man-ching and Baptist University international politics professor Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, has not been easy. Ms Mo, whose Kowloon West district branch comprises around 20 members, said efforts to build up connections with district groups were not always rewarding. Despite public recognition thanks to her background as a television presenter, she has often had to join activities of other district groups in a personal capacity. 'The response is not bad, but when you start to promote the Civic Party at the end of an event, people don't have much response,' she said. Ms Mo said the groups were also concerned that close affiliation with a political party might affect funding from district councils. 'They are concerned whether their events have become political activities. What would happen in future if the person who approved the funding this time is ... affiliated with the opposite camp?' she asked. She has been trying to build up support among ethnic minority groups, such as the Nepali community, despite many not having a vote. With minority groups facing problems such as inadequate schooling and lack of social support, Ms Mo believed servicing them fitted the party's manifesto, which promotes social justice. In New Territories West, the party's district branch is trying to impress the public with its problem-solving skills rather than by organising gourmet trips or local tours, a common strategy by some parties to win support. 'We won't be able to compete with other parties by doing what they are already doing,' said Professor Chan, the branch chairman. A new face in public life, Professor Chan said his lack of a celebrity background was not necessarily a disadvantage. 'I don't have any baggage. I'm more ready to take up new roles.' The party has no office of its own and Professor Chan said a mobile office might be an initial solution to promoting the party in a large constituency. Party members are trying to extend their current service base in Tsuen Wan to Tuen Mun, where the recent row over noise from singers in Tuen Mun Park has become an increasingly political issue. 'We believe this is something our party can work on,' the professor said. With the party only two months old, he said it would be difficult to penetrate the close-knit rural community. Professor Chan hopes to attract young professionals with a sense of belonging to their community.