A fair way to boost funds

FUN meant funds for new facilities when Sha Tin Methodist College held its annual fair recently.

About $25,000 was raised in a two-day campaign which included a walkathon and a fun day with students, teachers and parents taking part.

The event was not only fun - it was also an opportunity for parents to learn more about their children's school.

The walkathon was a family day event which attracted many parents taking the opportunity to exercise in the fresh air with their children.

The fun fair, which was held the following day, was attended by students from more than 13 clubs and 15 classes who manned games stalls.

Nearly 30 stalls were set up by students from Forms 2 to 4.

It was a real carnival atmosphere as those who attended tried to win the games and take home the prizes.

One of the more popular stalls was the computer games stand.

There were also Chinese musical performances and a Western folk dance. Students were eager to put into practice what they learned at school and their parents were just as interested to see the fruits of their efforts.

Teachers assisted students in staging a variety show and fun peaked with the teachers' performances of dancing, singing, calligraphy and even kung fu .

They were rewarded with thunderous applause after singing some romantic old melodies.

Parents, meanwhile, helped out by providing snacks for the visitors.

Chairman of the students union, Tam Ka-tsai, said preparations for the fair started back in November.

''Students were extremely enthusiastic about the event and all contributed to the design, organising and setting up of games stalls.

''We were happy to help the school raise $25,000 from the fun fair,'' said Ka-tsai.

''It was more than a fund-raising event. Our sense of belonging to the school was enhanced through our participation.'' Both the school and students said they would continue the fund-raising campaign in the years to come.

Another highlight of the event saw Legislative Councillor Ms Emily Lau Wai-hing, district education officer Mr Tsang Kai-keung, Sun Tin Wai Estate housing manager Mr Pan Chao-kit, and the managers of the school officiate at the opening.