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Applications for bun scrambling competition to close Thursday

     Applications for this year's Bun Scrambling Competition on Cheung Chau will close on Thursday (March 26) and interested parties are urged to submit their applications before that date.

     Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the 2009 Bun Carnival will be held at the Pak Tai Temple Playground soccer pitch, Cheung Chau, from April 18 to May 3.

     The carnival is presented in association with the Cheung Chau Wai Chiu County Association Limited, the Cheung Chau Rural Committee, the Islands District Office of the Home Affairs Department and the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union, and sponsored by the Islands District Council and Lukfook Jewellery.

     As the carnival finale, the Bun Scrambling Competition comprises three stages - training on bun tower climbing, selection of finalists and the final competition.

     Healthy and physically fit people aged 18 or above are welcome to join the competition. If more than 150 applications are received, places will be allocated by ballot. Applicants who live, work or study on Cheung Chau will have priority in the ballot.

     The Hong Kong Mountaineering Union will provide training sessions on bun tower climbing and prevention of falling on April 18, 19 and on the morning of April 25. All selected applicants must attend one of the training sessions before participating in the selection of finalists on the afternoon of April 25.

     A total of 12 shortlisted finalists (including at least two female participants) will enter the final competition to be held at 11.30pm on May 2 and end at about 12.25am on May 3. Competitors scramble for the buns on the bun tower within a time limit. The one with the highest total score is the winner.

     Prospectuses and enrolment forms for the Bun Scrambling Competition are available for collection at the 18 District Leisure Services Offices, sports centres in the Islands District, and from co-organiser and assisting organisers. They can also be downloaded from the LCSD website: .

     Completed enrolment forms should be returned by hand or by post to the Islands District Leisure Services Office of the LCSD at Room 622, 6/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong, on or before March 26. The forms can also be faxed to 2854 3949.

     For enquiries, please contact the Islands District Leisure Services Office on 2852 3220, or visit the LCSD website, .

Ends/Monday, March 23, 2009

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