Lingnan Secondary School organised a special swimming gala at Victoria Park pool recently to raise funds for Orbis, an organisation dedicated to saving the sight of visually impaired people worldwide. The event was part of the English language and civic education project for the school's Form Three students. The project, which aims to boost their language skills as well as civic awareness, also includes a report on the charity's background and fund-raising proposals. 'We hope we could provide more real-life experiences to students, and let them put their ideas into practice,' said English teacher Chung Mee-yee. The campaign kicked off with a two-day fund-raising effort in school. For every $1,800 collected - enough for six eye operations - a teacher from the school would swim 50 metres. For each additional $300, they would swim another 50 metres. With the some $10,900 raised by students, nine teachers had to jump into the water to complete the distance, which covered several lengths of the pool. 'Unlike the annual sports gala, students were even more excited as they know all the teachers who swam in the pool said Ms Chung. Students will visit Orbis' flying eye hospital on November 13 and interview the pilots and doctors in person. A charity sale will be held at the school next month. A presentation day scheduled for February will bring the curtain down on the school's charity campaign.