19 December 2004
Ma On Shan Rail Charity Ride received overwhelming response
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) held the Ma On Shan Rail Charity Ride today from 10 am to 10 pm for the public to experience the new service for the first time. An overwhelming response was received.
At a length of 11.4 km with nine stations from Wu Kai Sha to Tai Wai, Ma On Shan Rail provides an efficient, safe and convenient railway link for residents in Ma On Shan areas. Passengers can interchange at Tai Wai Station to go to the urban Kowloon and reach a journey from Ma On Shan to Tsim Sha Tsui inwill only take about 30 XX minutes.
“The charity rRides by the public provides a great opportunity for our passengers to get to know our services better. We want passengers to know how to get to our stations, what facilities are available at our stations, what it’s like to ride the new trains, and where they can interchange with other forms of public transport for further journeys.,” Ssaid a KCRC spokesman. Mr Anthony Yan, General Manager, East Rail Operations of KCRC.
“It is also an excellent occasion where our frontline staff could serve our passengers directly to acquire first hand operational experience before the opening of the new service to the public,.” Mr Yan he spokesman added.
Passengers can give help to the less fortunate by riding on the Ma On Shan Rail today as KCRC will donate all proceeds from the East Rail ExtensionsTsim Sha Tsui Extension Charity Ride held in October , including the Trial Ride (17 October) and the first 3 days of operation (24 – 26 October) of the East Tsimshatsui, and the Ma On Shan Rail Charity Ride (19 December)today to charitable organizations. The three beneficiaries, which have been identified as recipients of the proceeds, are The Community Chest of Hong Kong, Lifeline Express and a two-year community project called “Every Step Counts” Social Inclusion Campaign organised by 11social welfare organisations.
KCRC staged a ceremony to mark the donation of proceeds from the charity ride events today at Tai Wai Station. Chairman of KCRC Mr Michael Tien presented cheques to the representatives of the beneficiaries. They are Mr John Strickland, Board Member of The Community Chest; Mr. Hung Fan-wai, Paul, the TreasurerMr Lai Chi-tong, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the “Every Step Counts” Social Inclusion Campaign; and Mr Bunny Chan, Executive Committee Member of Lifeline Express.
KCRC would like to thank those passengers who have contributed by travelling oned with the two new lineks for Tsim Sha Tsui Extension and Ma On Shan Rail. Among the proceeds generated for donation, $300,000 will be donated to The Community Chest; $200,000 will be donated will be donated to the “Every Step Counts” Social Inclusion Campaign; while the remaining balanceand $150,000 will be donated to the Lifeline Express.
The Community Chest is a non-profit makingcharitable organization with more than 140 member agenciesHong Kong’sresponsiblefundraising for . Lifeline Express is a purpose built hospital train providing free cataract operations to the remote, poverty, rural parts of China. Jointly organized by 11 social welfare organizations, the “Every Step Counts” Social Inclusion Campaign is a 2-year project commencing in December 2004 with an objective to promote mutual concern and social cohesion among all walks of life in the community by encouraging everyone to take an extra step to express concern and extend a helping hand to one another.
All stations of Ma On Shan Rail will be closed and train services suspended for one day on 20 December (Monday) and all stations of the Ma On Shan Rail will also be closed for final preparation of public service scheduled for official opening at 3 pm on 21 December (Tuesday).
Passengers can call the dedicated Ma On Shan Rail Hotline on 2946 3388 between 7 am and 9 pm (valid until end February 2005) or the KCRC Hotline on 2929 3399 for any queriesenquiries.