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Applications for bun scrambling competition to close next Wednesday

Applications for this year's Bun Scrambling Competition on Cheung Chau will close next Wednesday (April 2) 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 "2008 Bun Carnival" will be staged at the Pak Tai Temple Playground soccer pitch, Cheung Chau, from April 26 to May 13.

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 3D-GOLD Jewellery.

As the finale of the carnival, 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 150 selected applicants must attend the training sessions on bun tower climbing and accident prevention provided by the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union on April 26 and 27 and on the morning of May 3 before participating in the selection of finalists in the afternoon of May 3.

A total of 12 shortlisted finalists will enter the final competition which will begin at 11.30pm on May 12 and will end at about 12.30am on May 13. Competitors have to scramble for the buns on the bun tower within a time limit. The one with the highest total score is the winner.

The prospectus and enrolment forms for the Bun Scrambling Competition are available at the 18 District Leisure Services Offices, sports centres in the Islands District, and from the co-organiser and assisting organisers. Information can also be obtained from the LCSD website at .

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 April 2. 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 at .

Ends/Thursday, March 27, 2008

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