The campus of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) in Tai Po was turned into a delightful charity bazaar last Wednesday, raising $101,918 for the institute's hostel bursary.
Operating from 18 outdoor booths, students and staff sold thousands of items they donated themselves. Among the items on offer were antiques, jewellery, appliances, books, toys, CDs, stationery and clothes.
The highlight of the day was the Lunchtime Auction Mart, in which three Chinese calligraphies by former Democratic Party legislator Szeto Wah attracted most bids. The three works raised $7,500 towards the hostel bursary fund, which subsidises students' hostel expenses.
Living on campus teaches young people how to be independent and co-operate with others. But not all students can afford the hostel fee, which is $9,500 a year at the HKIEd.
The hostel bursary was set up last year with donations from the alumni and the public. There are currently 55 students at the institute receiving $4,750 a year each towards accommodation.
The money raised at the bazaar last week will help another 21 students experience hostel life this year.