It may be winter in Hong Kong, but students, teachers and the principal of a Yuen Long school braved a bucket challenge to get soaking wet for a good cause at a funfair earlier this month. The event was held on December 13 at Shung Tak Catholic English College as students and educators played carnival games for charity in which the prize was the chance to douse a member of the teaching staff or a schoolmate from the student union with a pail of water. English teacher John Guest was the first to get splashed. “I feel a bit wet,” he said after water was dumped over his head, adding that he had volunteered for the challenge. Teacher Graham Manchester, who came up with the idea, and principal Cecilia Tang Sui-sim also got soaked. Their colleague, Brian Bittner, who welcomed the act with open arms, said teachers wanted to bring Christmas cheer to the campus. The fair was held by the school to raise money for Operation Santa Claus, an annual charity drive by the South China Morning Post and public broadcaster RTHK. Apart from the games, there were also stalls on campus to sell snacks such as Thai fish cakes and coconut pudding. The proceeds from the fair, after deduction of expenses, will go to the year-end campaign. Office workers voice their festive cheer for Operation Santa Claus While a flagship food booth was run by members from the school’s parent-teacher association, students were also tasked with certain responsibilities, including manning smaller stands. Student Sarah Ho Tsz-hei said she helped ensure the event ran smoothly. “We spoke with the association to find out how we could gather resources for them,” she said. Teammate Cassie Lok Wai-yiu said she learned about organisation and considering multiple aspects of a situation from helping out at the fair. “The entire event is like a lot of things put together,” Lok said. “If one thing falls apart, it may affect a lot of other things.” Principal Tang said she wanted her students to put their knowledge and skills to good use for the event. “Basically we would like them to open their minds to acquire competencies for the 21st century,” she added.