STUDENTS of the Sha Tin Methodist College were given an opportunity to lend a hand to youth services by raising funds for the Breakthrough Youth Village which is to be completed in the middle of this year. The '95 Fund Raising Fun Fair, held at the school recently, is the last event of the school's annual week-long fund-raising programme. It included a fun walk and various activities to collect donations for the college's charity fund and for the development of the school's student union. One aim of the fair, in its fourth year, was to raise $15,000 for the Breakthrough Youth Village. Teacher-adviser of the programme, Mr Cheng Chi-man, said that while contributing to the school was a responsibility of every student, it was also essential to instil in students the concept of contributing to society. 'The fair was entirely a product of the student union and students themselves,' Mr Cheng told Young Post. Student union chairman Li Kang-fai said: 'The village is new and unique and allows young people to take part in a variety of activity. We think we should lend a hand in supporting the provision of various services available there.' The Breakthrough Youth Village, located at A Kung Kok Shan Road in Sha Tin, aims to provide a base where young people can receive guidance and support and to develop a positive outlook on life. The four components of the village are the cultural pavilion, information pavilion, pathfinding pavilion and renewal pavilion. They are responsible for organising cultural activities, information exchanges, exploration and personal enrichment and development. Acknowledging the lack of youth interest in public and community affairs in Hong Kong, Kang-fai said the establishment of a village with professional and experienced workers was necessary to improve the situation. 'Student unions can help promote community participation of young people, but we lack the necessary experience and professional knowledge,' the 18-year-old admitted. The Parent-Teacher Association and Alumni Association of the school each put up a stall for the first time in the fair to show their support. The 24 stalls were put up by students from the second, third, fourth and sixth form, together with more than 10 academic and non-academic societies of the school.