STAFF and students of the South Australian Matriculation (SAM) programme at Taylor's College in Subang Jaya certainly have reason to celebrate.
They not only set a new record when they raised RM26,500 in a three-day charity event recently but also had lots of fun in the process.
The fund-raising drive, which culminated in a food carnival on the campus grounds, turned the college into a hive of activity as students, lecturers and parents turned up in full force.
Enthusiastic students and staff bought flowers, bookmarks, home-made cards or had their nails painted. There were stalls offering a delectable variety of food - from pasta, jelly and nasi lemak to ice cream, burgers, French fries and pretzels.
Not to be outdone by students, the staff also showed their support by preparing signature dishes, some from family recipes. Even programme director Mary Ng chipped in to do her bit for charity, cooking and serving delicious Sarawak laksa on the spot.
The whole college took on a festive air as visitors came and enjoyed themselves, trying out the goodies at food stalls or pitting themselves against each other at game stalls manned by students.
One highlight was the dunking machine where students paid for the privilege of dunking lecturers. Other students had a ball of a time, throwing water balloons at each other and the staff. Yet others washed cars for a price.
All the proceeds from the charity drive will be divided equally between several charity homes, to be announced at a later date.
President of Students Council Alvin Lum said, I truly hope that we can make a difference to the lives of the people to whom we are giving this money.
He added that charity events provide students with a good opportunity to help others and to contribute to the society at large.
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