World Book Day passed with very little fanfare in Hong Kong this year. Not many people knew of the event, with the theme 'Books and Roses Forever'. One of the few senior schools in Hong Kong to mark the occasion was South Island School. Students from Years Seven, Eight and Nine gathered pledges then settled into their favourite chairs for a sponsored Readathon. About 200 took part. Students who returned their sponsorship forms and money to the South Island School library were rewarded with a fresh red rose. An equal number of boys and girls proudly turned up to collect their roses. The students raised a total of $20,337,30 for Orbis, the flying charity eye hospital. Corina Siu Lai-ming, a representative from the charity, was presented with a cheque for this amount at a special school assembly. Four students received special watches from Orbis. Three were singled out for individually raising the most money; and a fourth was honoured for reading most books. The World Book Day was celebrated in 38 countries around the world for the first time last year.