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Hiking Fun Day attracts over 800 people

Over 800 people participated in the "Autumn Hiking Fun Day" to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city today (November 7).

Led by experienced hiking leaders, they set off from Wan Chai Gap in four different hiking routes to enjoy some of the best countryside scenery on Hong Kong Island, passing through Middle Gap, Lady Clementi's Ride, Brewin Path Garden or Black's Link.

Jointly organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Department of Health with assistance from the Countryside Heritage Society of Hong Kong, the fun day kicked off this year's hiking scheme under the Healthy Exercise for All Campaign.

The Chief Leisure Manager (Major Events) of the LCSD, Mrs Li Choi Wing-kwan, and the Head of the Central Health Education Unit of the Department of Health, Dr Ray Choy Yuen-ling, officiated at the opening ceremony of today's activity.

Mrs Li said the LCSD and the Department of Health jointly run the Healthy Exercise for All Campaign since 2000 to encourage the public to do more regular exercise.

"We have offered various programmes such as Dance for Health, Rope Skipping Promotion Scheme and Roving Sports Demonstrations in the past few years, and hiking is one of the focuses of the Healthy Exercise Campaign this year," she said.

Eleven outstanding local athletes including Wan Kin-yee, Ng Wai, Lai Kim-ching, Lam Chau-ha, Cheung Yi-nei, Cham Yick-kai, Po Tik-son, Pang Wai-yee, Pang Wai-yung, Yip Chi-wai and Ho Tin-hung were appointed as "Healthy Exercise Ambassadors" at the ceremony to help publicise the health benefits of daily exercise.

At present, the Campaign promotes 40 hiking trails in Hong Kong, and offers popular hiking activities that enable participants to experience the pleasure of hiking.

Details of the hiking trails and this year's hiking programmes can be found in a "Hiking Scheme" booklet available at LCSD's District Leisure Services Offices and on LCSD's website

Ends/Sunday, November 7, 2004
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