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Rowers take on first-ever Lantau-Macau round trip for pink dolphins

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A team of dedicated rowers will paddle from Lantau to Macau and back this weekend to raise funds and awareness for the conservation of Chinese white dolphins.

The Pearl River Estuary Challenge has been organised by The Chinese University of Hong Kong Rowing Team Alumni Association.

The 10-strong team will take on the gruelling 80km paddle, leaving from Tung Chung on October 17 and returning October 18 to Tai O.

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The route will take them through the busy shipping channel where the Hong Kong-Zuhai-Macau bridge construction work is underway and is causing disruption to the pink dolphin habitat.

The team aim to raise HK$100,000 for the Hong Kong branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature.

Tung Chung man Dai Tang Man-son will be taking part on Saturday as part of the support crew, as he is on shift the following day in his job as a nurse.

He said the rowers had been training for months for the event which is expected to take about 20 hours.

The 26-year-old said the purpose of the event was that the Alumni rowers wanted to do something to serve the community.

“We thought we could use our rowing to give back to the community,” he said.

“We know the the building of the bridge is having an effect on the habitat of the Chinese White Dolphin and we want to try to see what we can do.”

To support the Pearl River Estuary Challenge go to: http://bit.ly/1LwOTaD

Photograph courtesy of World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong

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