A GROUP of former students from the Penang Chinese Girls’ Primary School Penang class of 1970 are calling old schoolmates for the school’s 45th anniversary carnival, to be held in August.
Carnival committee co-chairman Datuk Sonny Ho said only a handful still keep in touch with each other while most of them have not met after leaving school.
“It’s the biggest gathering to be held.
“We hope to rekindle friendship with schoolmates whom we haven’t met for years, as well as raise funds for a payback project to our school,” said Ho, who is also Belleview Group managing director, at his office in Burmah Road, Penang, yesterday.
Programmes for the two-day carnival, to be held on Aug 29 and 30, includes a back-to-school trip at the school, ‘A Night of Rock & Roll and A-Go-Go’ costume party and a formal dinner, both at Eastern & Oriental Hotel.
Committee co-chairman Chan Suet Fun said participants were encouraged to wear the carnival’s T-shirt, black pants for gents and black skirt for the ladies and white sports shoes.
“We will take a ‘class photo’ according to the seat arrangement of the old photograph,” she said.
She added that the committee would make it a lasting memory for all those who attend.
Ho said the biggest challenge was locating the classmates but after a year, the committee was able to locate 183 friends.
“When we formed the committee in March last year, we only had the contact of about 60 classmates,” he said.
He said 259 pupils graduated in the year of 1970, of which 13 had passed away.
“We have 56 confirmed registration and we are doing our best to reach as many of them as possible,” he said, adding that they have also located 10 teachers.
He said some classmates were now based in the United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, New Zealand and Norway as well as all over Malaysia.
Among them is Dr Lim Yit Aun, who was a Malaysian swimming champion and currently a head swimming and diving coach at the Life University in Georgia, USA.
Chan said individuals would be charged RM120 and an additional RM200 for unlimited number of family members only.
“The fees are heavily subsidised as we want as many classmates to join us,” she said.
Teacher Lim Tong Hooi, 73, who taught at the school from 1967 to 1975, said he was touched by his pupils’ determination to organise the gathering.
“I really hope to meet my former pupils and know about their achievements,” he said.
He also said he wished to meet up with his old colleagues.
Deadline for registration is on May 31.
For details, call Lim Hock Seng at 012-4887685, Pak Meow Shan at 012-5765152 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.