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Spirit of Hong Kong nominees and Hong Kong Red Cross Princess Alexandra School Form 3 students Fu Lee-Lee (left) and Yeung Chin-hang show off a pouch they designed to make life easier for people with walking aids. Photo: SCMP / Xiaomei Chen
Noting how difficult it could be for some peers to hold a bag while using walking aids, three Hong Kong teenagers decided to do something about it – designing a pouch that can be attached to a walking frame, and winning a local award in the process.
The storage case, which can carry objects as large as books and bottled water in its biggest compartment, was the creation of students at Hong Kong Red Cross Princess Alexandra School in Kwun Tong, which cares for students dealing with physical handicaps or sickness.
The trio – Yeung Chin-hang, Fu Lee-lee and Tam Chi-wan – said they noticed some of their schoolmates needed both hands to control certain types of walkers as they moved, making it difficult to hold a bag.
“We wanted to make a pouch (that can be attached to a walking aid) and started designing it about a year ago,” Yeung, 15, said.
The Form Three student said the prototype for the storage case, which is about the size of a small briefcase, was designed specifically for one type of walking frame.
Leung and Fu attach one of their designs to a walking frame. Photo: SCMP / Xiaomei Chen
“We want to make another one for wheelchairs,” he said, noting the team had kept improving the design. The student added that the straps of the pouch also needed to be longer so it could be tied to other walking aids more easily.
Fu, also a Form Three student, said the team understood their friends’ needs.
“[The pouch] can make their lives easier,” she said, noting the trio’s design could spare them the trouble of carrying a bag.