Today on World Ocean Day (8 June 2012), The Hong Kong Shark Foundation announced the winners of Happy Hearts Love Sharks Wedding Contest 2012.
The lucky couple who will be flying to Fiji for a romantic eco-honeymoon is Cloudy and Stephen. They are getting married in December 2012, received the largest amount of votes at a whopping 986 and said “We believe in love and in the balance between nature and humans. It is not right to have sharks sacrificed just for our wedding banquet. A lot of our friends, relatives and even the public were aroused by this competition, to stop the act of eating sharks fin, not only at wedding banquets, but also in their daily life. I hope the competition will be held annually to educate people and change the unsustainable and cruel practice of shark-finning forever.”
The ‘Golden Happiness Prize’ was awarded to Casta & Edward who received 499 votes, tied-the-knot in February 2012. The newlyweds, who invited 900 guests to their ‘shark free’ wedding, received a Venture Photography package worth over 10,000 HKD. The second runners-up Cherrie & Lester – the Silver Celebration Prize winners - received 206 votes, was awarded a couple’s spa treatment from Sense of Touch which they will be able to enjoy in preparation of their August 2012 wedding.
The competition gained the support of 62 couples who pledged to have ‘shark free’ weddings and thus managed to save over 16,000 bowls of shark fin soup!
We would like to give our heart-felt thank you to all HHLS partners, sponsors and contestants for their kind support. Your participation made this campaign a true success and spread the awareness of shark conservation across a wider audience in the Hong Kong society. We look forward to Happy Hearts Love Sharks Wedding Contest – Hong Kong 2013!