Canto-pop stars and the Chief Secretary for Administration got together with handicapped students for a musical Christmas party at the Red Cross John F Kennedy Centre. Singers Miriam Yeung Ching- wah, Nicholas Tse Ting-fung, Priscilla Chan Wai-han and William So Wing-hong joined Anson Chan Fang On-sang and Red Cross chairman Yang Tit-leung for the celebratory fun and games. Guests were impressed by the drama and Christmas carols performed by the physically handicapped children. Santa Claus was on hand to give out presents. Christine Fan Meng-sang, secretary-general of the centre, said the party brought happiness to less-fortunate students. 'Although they are physically handicapped, they can sing and act as well as anyone,' she said. 'So why can't they experience the same joy as we do?' Ms Fan said people should not feel sorry for them, but should treat them as equals. 'People are afraid when they see those who are different from them because they are narrow- minded and self-centred,' she said. Wong Yuen-ping, vice-president of the centre, said her students were tougher than most other children. She said students often suf fered from low self-esteem when they first entered the school. But because they learned through many failures, they were trained to be strong and independent and quickly adapted to their environment. They learned to eat by themselves and walk with the aid of mobility equipment, Ms Wong said. Ms Fan said it was sad that many youths committed suicide nowadays. 'They don't treasure their lives because they take everything for granted,' she said. 'But if they have the opportunity to meet less-fortunate people, they will see how fortunate they are and respect their own lives.' The party was one of a series of events organised by the Hong Kong Red Cross under the theme 'Caring for Society' to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. The campaign aims to raise public awareness of the community services provided by the Red Cross, as well as acknowledge the organisation's long- term supporters. Hong Kong Red Cross has 13,000 members, 10,000 of whom are students. Three other activities were organised to promote Red Cross services: a blood donation session, a winter aid delivery service for the elderly and a patient concern service at Tai Po Hospital.