Enroll immediately to find the new direction for neglected populations

The Kick-off Ceremony of the MSF Orienteering Competition 2007 is held today. VIPs from the medical, political and performing arts sectors are invited to call for the public to join this challenging and meaningful competition. Members of the public can now click on MSF Orienteering Competition website www.orienteering.msf.org.hk and enroll to the competition immediately to help to find new direction for the neglected populations in the world.

In today's Kick-off Ceremony, guests are divided into groups of two to participate in the Orienteering Warm-up Match. They have to find out those cardboards signifying the neglected people living in Indonesia, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Chechnya and Sudan with the help of step-boards with arrows.

Dr. Wing-man Ko is in the same group with Mr. Albert Ko, Board Member of MSF-Hong Kong. Before the Orienteering Warm-up Match starts, Dr. Ko says that as a doctor he can deeply feel the plight of the sick in lack of medical care. He urges the public to join MSF¡¦s life-saving work by participating the MSF Orienteering Competition to help those neglected living in remote places.

During the Warm-up Match, Dr. Ko dives towards the step-board energetically and finally his team successfully wins the match. Being a logistician in MSF relief operations, Mr. Albert Ko says the partnership between Dr. Ko and him is the best illustration of cooperation between medical and non-medical volunteers in the field.

Legislators Hon Yuen-Han Chan and Hon Cheuk-yan Lee also show their orientation in the playing the Orienteering Warm-up Match. Mr. Lee shows his turn-about and heel kick to move the step-board. Ms. Chan says it is a lot of fun and she will join the MSF Orienteering Competition 2007.

The two Campaign Leaders of MSF Orienteering Competition 2007, Ms. Stephy Tang and Ms. Yan Ng, bring with them a map, compass and e-card to illustrate how to take part in orienteering competition. They encourage members of the public to join MSF Orienteering Competition 2007 as soon as possible to take action to help MSF's relief projects in 70 countries.

"In joining MSF Orienteering Competition with my family members, we are closer together and at the same time know that we are helping MSF's worldwide medical work."says "Little Worm", a family which has taken part in the Family Category of MSF Orienteering Competition for 5 consecutive years. "We await the competition to come and get prepared every year."

Started in 2002, MSF Orienteering Competition aims at introducing our medical humanitarian work to the public and raising funds for our operations in 70 countries worldwide. The competition has become the largest event in Hong Kong of its kind. Last year, near 2,000 participants were recorded and more than HK$1,600,000 were raised.

MSF Orienteering Competition 2007 will be held on Sunday 4 February 2007. Please click on www.orienteering.msf.org.hk to register now.

Special thanks to AIA Foundation, Metro Broadcast, The Overlander, Swiss International Air Lines, Dragonair, Swire Pacific Limited, Chan Man Chau Fruit Company, Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong and New World Centre to support the event.



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