The Foreign Correspondents' Club's charity wing plans to double the number of scholarships it provides and expand its language teaching school to centres across Hong Kong. Before last night's FCC Ball, co-chairmen of the club's charity fund committee Dave Garcia and Andy Chworowsky said they aimed to be able to offer scholarships to about half the students who applied. 'We get about 60 applications every year but even this year we were only able to accept 11,' Mr Chworowsky said. 'I think we are not going to be satisfied until we get to about 20 or 30 so that we don't have to turn as many away.' Funds raised from the ball and other events throughout the year provide scholarships for students going on to higher education from Po Leung Kuk orphanage and to run English and Putonghua programmes for younger children. The aim of the fund was to give these children the 'leg up' in life which they would otherwise get in support from parents and extended family, Mr Chworowsky said. The charity raised HK$3.2 million last year, up from about HK$1 million, providing scholarships for 41 students. 'This year I hope to break HK$4 million,' Mr Garcia said. 'We are now in our fifth year, so we are beginning to get more established. People are trusting us more and are starting to see the results.' But Mr Garcia said he felt the charity needed to do more to bring in extra resources. 'I had enough money for eight scholarships this year. I gave away 11, then hit the street to raise the money for the other three,' Mr Garcia said. 'If I can't raise the money, I'll put it in myself.' The fund also provides language tuition for about 300 disadvantaged two- to 18-year-olds at the kuk's headquarters in Causeway Bay. Mr Garcia hoped to be able to extend the teaching programme to PLK services centres across Hong Kong. 'We want to get these courses out there,' he said. 'Rich families and even middle-class families in Hong Kong have language tutors for their children. If you want to work in any international business in this city, you have to be trilingual.'