3 June 2000
KCRC/CLEAR THE AIR Clean Transport Poster Contest award presentation ceremony
The award presentation ceremony for the Clean Transport Poster Contest, jointly organized by Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) and the environmental group Clear The Air, was held today at the KCRC headquarters in Fo Tan.
The contest, aimed at raising the awareness of the air pollution problem and promoting greener forms of transport among school children, has attracted 5,000 entries from 80 schools.
Winners of the five age categories, in which the entries were judged, received prizes including certificates, cash awards, free KCR East Rail tickets and commemorative ticket sets at the ceremony.The three schools with the most entries also won cash awards.
Presenting prizes to the winners at the ceremony were the contest's judges Mr James Blake, KCRC's Senior Director of Capital Projects, Dr the Honourable Leong Che-Hung, Clear The Air's Patron and Legislative Council Member and Mr C W Tse, Assistant Director of Environmental Protection (Air).
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Blake said, "We were particularly pleased because the participants, despite their young age, had shown a good understanding of the serious pollution problem Hong Kong is facing as a community.Some have expressed their dismay and frustration.Others have expressed clear hopes for greener forms of public transport.
"As a public transport operator, KCRC has a clear advantage because electrified trains do not pollute the roadside.But we do more than help clean up the air.Our new trains will be able to recycle energy and cut the use of electricity by up to 25 %.They will also be quiet because we will be using a whole range of new devices such as train skirts and trackside noise barriers to trap train noise inside the tracks.The noise from our new trains will not be louder than the noise from your air-conditioner at the window" he said.
Speaking on the same occasion, Dr Leong said that the air pollution problem had become so bad that it was causing serious health problems among Hong Kong people, costing the community over $3.8 billion in respiratory system disease related medical expenses and productivity loss annually.
Dr Leong believed that young people had an important role to play to rectify the problem by educating their families and peers.He hoped that the contest would strengthen their commitment to protecting the environment.
In his speech today, Mr Tse urged the winners to turn the vision and aspirations for a better environment expressed in their paintings into action and turn Hong Kong into a high quality and enjoyable home for everyone.
Some of the contest's winning entries will be displayed at KCRC stations and trains to promote awareness of air pollution and encouraging Hong Kong people to take action to improve our air.
Primary 1 to 2 Group Winner - Lee Cheuk Woon
Primary 3 to 4 Group Winner - Law Wai Sin
Primary 5 to 6 Group Winner - Tam Tsz Man
Form 1 to 3 Group Winner - Lee Lee
Form 4 to 7 Group Winner - Chu Ka Wa
The Contest's judges Assistant Director of Environmental Protection Mr C W Tse, KCRC's Senior Director of Capital Projects Mr James Blake, (1st and 2nd from left, back row) and Clear the Air's Patron and Legco Member Dr Leong Che-Hung (4th from right, back row) with the winners.
KCRC's Senior Director, Capital Projects Mr James Blake presents prizes to Primary 1-2 Group winner Lee Cheuk Woon.