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March
Bun Scrambling Competition open for applications
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Applications will open tomorrow (April 1) for the Bun Scrambling Competition of the "2005 Bun Carnival" to be held at the Pak Tai Temple Playground soccer pitch, Cheung Chau, at midnight on May 16.

Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the "2005 Bun Carnival" will be staged from April 30 to May 16 at the Pak Tai Temple Playground soccer pitch, Cheung Chau.

The event is assisted by 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.

The Bun Scrambling Competition is the highlight of the "2005 Bun Carnival".

An LCSD spokesman said the bun scrambling event had been a traditional activity of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival. It had been suspended for 26 years after the collapse of a bun tower during the bun scrambling activity in 1978.

"In order to promote this heritage event, we revive the Bun Scrambling Competition following its suspension in 1978," the spokesman said.

"While the traditional characteristics of the bun tower will be preserved, modern technology has been injected into the bun tower structure and the climbing method will ensure that the event can be conducted in an orderly and safe manner."

The three stages for the Bun Scrambling Competition are training on bun tower climbing, selection of the finalists for the competition and the final competition.

Healthy and physically fit people aged 18 or above are welcomed to join the competition.

If the number of applications exceeds 48 which is the quota for the training session, places will be allocated by ballot. Those applicants who live, work or study in Cheung Chau will be given priority in the ballot.

The 48 selected applicants must attend and complete the safety training sessions provided by the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union on bun tower climbing and on prevention of falling.

On completion of the training sessions, they can participate in the selection of 12 finalists on May 1.

The finalists will enter the final competition at midnight on May 16.

The three finalists who grab the largest numbers of buns within the specified time and area on the bun tower will be the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up respectively.

The prospectus and enrolment form of the Bun Scrambling Competition will be available for collection starting tomorrow at the 18 District Leisure Services Offices, the co-organiser and the assisting organisers. Interested parties may also visit the LCSD's website at http://www.lcsd.gov.hk.

Completed enrolment forms should be returned or mailed to the Islands District Leisure Services Office of the LCSD, at Room 622, the sixth floor, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong on or before April 12. The forms can also be submitted by fax on 2854 3949.

Enquiries can be made at the Islands District Leisure Services Office on 2852 3220.

A bun tower climbing play-in and carnival of the "2005 Bun Carnival" will be held on May 7 and 8 during which there will be demonstrations on bun tower climbing by the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union. Apart from the games stalls, people may also enjoy the fun of bun tower climbing with professional coaching by the union.

Ends/Thursday, March 31, 2005

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