HELPING the elderly and her hard academic work have won student Elina Ng Ting-ting a prestigious award at Hong Kong Polytechnic. The 21-year-old student called on the public to take part in voluntary work to help those worse off than themselves. On the newly-proposed old-age pension, she said: ''More money can offer them the comfort of a secure income in the twilight of their lives, but that is not enough. ''I think many old people feel desperate and alone and the most important thing to them is our care and concern.'' Elina yesterday received $4,000 for the Director's All-Round Award for her outstanding academic achievement, leadership and personal qualities. She was also recipient of this year's Kowloon Zonta Scholarship. The second-year student in Translation and Chinese said she had developed an interest in elderly services after a visit to an old people's home in Chai Wan while she was in Form Four. ''The visit was definitely an eye-opener to me. It made me understand what an old person's life was and how much they needed other's care,'' she said. In the past few years, she and her schoolmates had visited elderly homes and organised activities such as fun days for them. ''Being a student, we should recognise our role in school as well as society and try to make a contribution,'' she said. She is also chairman of the organising committee for the Hong Kong Polytechnic annual concert. Her mother, Hsieh Chia-hua, and her aunt shared her happiness at the presentation ceremony at the polytechnic yesterday. A total of 317 scholarships valued at more than $2.5 million were presented to winners.