An annual charity bazaar gave students a chance to show off their creativity while families could enjoy a colourful Sunday out at Victoria Park and contribute to a worthy cause. The 1999 Caritas Bazaar attracted 30 organisations to run game stalls, sell handicrafts, toys, accessories, food and refreshments. Game-stall design and stall decoration contests, based on the theme 'Embrace the Millennium with Our Elderly', were organised to inspire stall-holders' artistic sense. The first prizes for both contests went to Hong Kong Wah Yan College, whose stall featured creatures from different planets and some stimulating games. The school has been taking part in the event for more than 20 years. Its organising committee consisted of 40 students. Chief organiser Edward Tsui Wing-tak, 17, said the first meeting was held in May. 'It took us about four days to decorate the stall. But we spent a long time generating ideas on how to decorate [it] and design the games and contacting sponsors,' the sixth former said. Also, the students designed their games to be inspiring. 'We feel that this generation lacks respect for the elderly. Through the games, we hope to remind young people of the right attitude towards the old.' The most memorable experience for Wing-tak and Jonathan Tong Chun-kit, 17, vice-chief organiser, was working 36 hours non-stop the day before the bazaar. 'It tested our friendship, tempers and patience,' Chun-kit said. 'We were touched because it felt the whole school was supporting us.' Tyrone Choy Ko-leung, an adviser, was impressed by the students' work. 'It was a good opportunity to build up students' team spirit and leadership skills. The experience they got from the bazaar is different from the knowledge they gain from the classroom,' he said. 'To work with them is the most effective way to show our support,' another adviser, Dai Lai-sang and a past student of the school, said. The school expected to raise $100,000 for charity through the bazaar, donations and charity tickets. The first runner-up of the game-stall design contest went to St Margaret's Church and St Margaret's College; second runner-up was Rosaryhill School. The first runner-up of the stall decoration contest went to Rosaryhill School; joint second runners-up were Caritas Rehabilitation Service/Caritas Special Education and Vocational Training Service and St Joseph's College.