These boots are made for walking: parties stride out in quest for funds Health tip for January: donate money to political parties. Perhaps it was the success of the 100km Trailwalker charity hike for Oxfam, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, but political parties seem to have got the idea that walking is good for the purse as well as the heart. Both the Civic Party and the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong are organising fund-raising walks next month. The DAB trek, on New Year's Day, will be a relatively unchallenging stroll around the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin. It will raise money for the party's general expenses next year, which are expected to be high given the approaching District Council election. The Civic Party's walk, on January 14, will be for the more imminent use of raising election expenses for Alan Leong Kah-kit, who is challenging to become chief executive. It will be a similarly relaxing promenade - around The Peak. 'Long Hair' makes the wheels turn We've always considered veteran protester 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung to be quite the prop master. So it was a surprise when we went to a League of Social Democrats' press conference yesterday on their planned New Year's Day bicycle protest - you know, the bike wheels they 'step on' represent the small-circle elections - and there wasn't a cycle in sight. 'I thought there'd be one somewhere here,' said Mr Leung, a core member of the fledgling political party. A young assistant was promptly dispatched to the street below to 'borrow' a bicycle for HK$20, but minutes passed and still no bike. 'You can't borrow a bike for HK$20,' Mr Leung said. 'Why would someone trust you to return it? Unless I went.' So he did. Sure enough, Mr Leung soon returned with a rickety bike borrowed from a woman selling hairy crab downstairs. She didn't even take the HK$20 he said. 'She told me, 'Mr Leung, I trust you'.' Alan Leong is offered a little stability The gauntlet has been thrown down and picked up. Mr Leung yesterday extended an open invitation to Alan Leong Kah-kit to cycle against small-circle elections on New Year's Day. This followed an earlier challenge by Mr Leung asking Mr Leong to oppose the small-circle elections. Mr Leong had said he would join in protests against small-circle polls, despite his intention to run for chief executive. His campaign office yesterday confirmed he would attend the new year protest. 'But he will only stay for a short while and will not join in the cycling because he is not a cycling expert. The Civic Party also has its own events that day,' a campaign officer said last night. But he may have to join in after all. 'If he cannot cycle then we will prepare a tricycle for him,' Mr Leung said.