FUN:SK La Salle Petaling Jaya raised RM101,000 from a carnival for a new block
THE haze did not discourage the students, teachers and other staff of SK La Salle from holding a fund-raising carnival here, recently.
They were raising money to build a new block for extra classrooms, a computer lab and sick bay, among others.
At the event's launch, headmaster A. Thillainathan thanked the school's Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) for organising the carnival and giving two booklets of coupons to every student to buy food and participate in the games that were lined up for the day.
PTA chairman Tengku Idris Tengku Zaid said aside from the carnival, the school's Child Safety Awareness programme was also launched.
"The Malaysia Hot 40s group, which set up a booth at the carnival, educated parents and children on ways to prevent crime.
"In view of recent kidnappings, there is an urgent need for parents to learn safety precautions and how to apply them," said Tengku Idris.
Also present were Petaling Jaya deputy police chief Supt Tuah Masrom, MCA representative Datin Wong Fong Leng, Hospital Selayang Emergency Department head Datuk Dr Mohamed Alwi Abdul Rahman, and brother Felix Donohue.
The guests later planted trees sponsored by the Lions Club of Pantai Hills in the school's field.
At 7am, schoolchildren competed in a running competition. The top 10 runners won prizes.
MPH members, who came for the carnival, were also given discounts of up to 80 percent at its sale of books.
Visitors also learnt how cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is done at the Hospital Selayang and Masterskill College booths.
Neil Harding, a former Lasallian, took the opportunity to learn CPR from Dr Gin Chai Zen.
"I came here to support the fund-raising event as my children and I attended this school," he said.
There were also booths for games such as toss the ring, holey board game, football kick and hit me.
The games popular with the children were the aircraft simulator and the KMX karts.
There were booths which also sold a variety of food such as pizzas and local dishes, as well as several types of drinks.
The school also engaged a deejay to help raise funds by "selling" English songs at RM1 per request, while songs in other languages were charged RM10 per request.
By the end of the day, La Salle received RM60,000 in donations, RM40,000 from coupon sales, and RM1,000 from book sales.