Festival's tree treats fetch $3m

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 December, 1998, 12:00am

The Festival of Trees has become the Save the Children Fund's signature money-raising event during the winter season and this year was no exception.

Held in the Island Shangri-La, the event saw a host of distinguished guests turn up to admire the nine Christmas trees designed exclusively for the fund by companies such as Piaget, Walt Disney Television, the Dickson Group and Swatch Watches. The trees were later auctioned off.

The fund's council chairwoman, Anthea Strickland, delivered her welcoming speech in flawless Cantonese while Christmas carols performed by students from the Sear Rogers International School brought good cheer to all. A total of $3 million was raised that evening for underprivileged children in Hong Kong and China.

Pictured from top: Vincent Cheng, Donald Tsang and Christopher Cheng; Rita Fan and John Strickland; D.H. Chen and Christopher Langley; Anthea Strickland with Alice King; and Raymond and Helen Kwok.