Pupils to visit PLA on flood thanks mission

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 November, 1998, 12:00am

Forty schoolchildren are to cross the border to congratulate the PLA on its flood prevention work on the Yangtze during the summer.

They will present soldiers with boxes of biscuits and sweets.

Teachers said they hoped the students, the youngest aged 11, would learn from the soldiers' 'courage and willingness to sacrifice'.

The Mongkok Workers' Children's School said yesterday it had obtained approval from the PLA Garrison in Shenzhen for the visit on Saturday.

About 40 students and teachers will spend the afternoon at the Garrison and then have dinner with the soldiers. They will be briefed on the anti-flooding work and told the history of the PLA.

Vice-principal Chai Chung-sum said approval had come later than expected.

'We made the request quite a long time ago. We originally hoped the trip could be made in early October. Students and teachers are all happy to have the chance,' Mr Chai said.

Sixth former Leung Ka-lam, 16, said she had been deeply moved when she saw the soldiers forming human walls to stop the flood.

'They are willing to sacrifice themselves. I don't think many people in Hong Kong are willing to do so,' she said.