CARNIVAL GOERS WILL be able to support a worthwhile cause while they party in Lan Kwai Fong on October 14 and 15. For the second year running, the Lan Kwai Fong Street Carnival will be raising money to support the Joyful (Mental Health) Foundation, a local charity established two years ago that focuses on raising awareness and sharing knowledge about mood disorders. Connie Karlson, director of the Lan Kwai Fong Association, says it has chosen to support a less well-known cause, which is too often ignored, and to use the carnival to raise awareness of some all-too-common conditions. 'It's particularly important in Hong Kong, where so many people have to deal with stress,' Ms Karlson says. The suicide of actor Leslie Cheung highlighted for many the tragic cost of mood disorders if appropriate support and treatment is not provided, she says. Proceeds from last year's carnival supported Joyful programmes such as its telephone hotline and counselling service. 'We run seminars and education programmes regularly,' says Pearl Wong, vice-chairperson of Joyful Mental Health Foundation. 'There are even classes that teach families how to support family members [with mood disorders].' Joyful also puts on exhibitions in the community with the aim of broadening understanding and to fight discrimination against people with mood disorders. From October 3 to 15, many restaurants and bars in the Lan Kwai Fong area will have collection boxes positioned prominently to collect donations. During the two days of festivities, volunteers will be out among the crowds with collection boxes. Joyful will also raise funds by running two booths selling handicrafts and puzzles. Joyful has invited a few of its famous friends to the carnival to raise awareness about its work - celebrity Karen Mok, singing group Soler and the popular Japanese magician Hiro Sakai. 'Last year we raised about HK$200,000. This year, we would like to raise more,' Ms Karlson says.