Young people have sent over 40,000 postcards featuring winning entries of the Historic Buildings Drawing Competition to friends and relatives at an activity held by the Development Bureau's Commissioner for Heritage's Office, spreading the message of heritage conservation farther and wider.
To raise young people's awareness of heritage conservation, the Office has printed the eight winning entries of the drawing contest held in March onto postcards and distributed them to all secondary and primary schools. Students enjoyed free posting of these postcards to their friends and relatives, both local or overseas, today (June 13), which is China's Cultural Heritage Day in 2009.
The Commissioner for Heritage, Mr Jack Chan, said he was very impressed by the good responses of the schools and the students. Of the 40,000 postcards, about one third will be mailed to overseas countries.
Mr Chan said: "This year, we attach great importance to promoting interest in and awareness of heritage conservation among students and youth by organising a series of educational and publicity programmes. Apart from the Historic Buildings Drawing Competition in March and the free posting of postcards activity today, we are organising heritage tours to the Central Police Station Compound for some 4,000 secondary and primary students between April and August. Also a heritage photo exhibition is being planned in September.
"The public has shown increasing concern towards heritage conservation. We have recently announced the assessment results of 1,444 historic buildings in Hong Kong. Members of the public are invited to express their views and provide additional information on the historic buildings by July 31," he added.
For details of the free posting of postcards activity and the assessment results of the 1,444 historic buildings, please visit http://www.heritage.gov.hk/
Ends/Saturday, June 13, 2009
Issued at HKT 11:00