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Hike to help clean the Lantau trail this weekend

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Tired of seeing trash strewn along Hong Kong’s beautiful trails, former DB resident Wika Rawson has set herself an impressive challenge to clean up four of Hong Kong’s major hiking routes, including our very own Lantau trail.

Wika’s incredible journey will see her cover approximately 298km in 10 consecutive days, across the Lantau, the Hong Kong, the Wilson and the Maclehose trails, with the Lantau leg kicking off this coming weekend.

Starting on Friday, February 24, Wika will cover sections 1 to 6 of the Lantau trail on day one with an overnight camp in Tai O in the evening. She will then hike sections 7 to 12 the following day, Saturday, February 25.

In true community spirit, Wika is inviting Lantau residents to join her along the way, whether for just a couple of kilometres or the full 70 kilometres, to help with the clean-up effort. Wika will arrive in Mui Wo early on Friday morning, taking the 7.10am ferry from Central, and will be bringing garbage bags with her.

Speaking to Life on Lantau, Wika said, “For a number of months now, when walking our dogs we noticed the sorry state of our trails with discarded litter everywhere and have started to collect rubbish as we walk. With this challenge, we hope to raise the issue of a cleaner environment and maybe encourage others to do a little next time they go hiking.”

Aside from cleaning the trails, Wika’s challenge also aims to raise funds for her dragon boat team the Komodo Dragons, which she started with her husband for the Indonesian domestic helper community.

“I created the Komodo Dragon team in 2015 for the Indonesian community to create an experience that can provide a focus for individuals to grow and flourish within a team environment… and to give people the opportunity to experience something that many will never have the chance to,” explained Wika. “This has grown from simple beginnings to see just how far these wonderful ladies can push themselves… It is now the ladies who are inspiring us – rain (huge rain!) and shine they are there on their one day off a week, usually travelling long distances at their own expense, training hard with a huge CAN DO attitude and once finished then sharing experiences that just don’t happen for this community.”

To find out more about Wika’s challenge and how you can support the Komodo Dragon team, visit www.facebook.com/Hike4KD.

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