Son #1 & #2 brought back two cards. Son #3 brought back another one.
Usually, St. Xavier Institution will give one to their students around the beginning of the year which coincides with Chinese New Year. That collection is for charity. The school will donateÂ the money to charitable homes, including the Tsunami victims (in 2005). It is a laudable effort because the students also get to work for charity, i.e. selling food stuffs and other things. Anyway, students from SXI are mostly from the higher income families so no big deal about it.
But recently, both secondary and primary schools are collecting to improve their schools.
For the primary school, it is to improve library, canteen and other stuffs. For the secondary school, it is for some other improvement projects. Most of the time, we just give 50 bucks and get over with it. But now got three cards, must think twice.
My kids definitely will not go around asking for donations ‘cos they are as pai seh as their mom. When I was working, I usually take the card to my office and black-mail the colleagues. My atm also did that but not anymore ‘cos the cards are coming in furiously so also pai seh ler. If during Chinese New Year, my kids will bring out the card when the visitors come to our house.
“Wuah, give you angpow already, somemore must donate ah? Use your angpow money lar.” is usually what the relatives quipped.
Well, both schools are part missionary school, i.e. not fully financially supported by the Government. So, they had to rely on charities to sustain them. Considering that our education is free, a few RM here and there is nothing. Moreover, which parents don’t want their children to poo and pee in clean toilets? Or sit cosily in a classroom with fans? Or have well-equipped library?
They have carrots to bait them. If donate over a certain sum, they get some freebies. But who cares anyway? The kids will keep the card until time to pass up and then, write each other names and put in RM2 for each siblings. Hahaha, as long as there are names and money to pass up.
So, MR. KS TANG, you want to donate to your alma mater or not? RM100 cheque payable to SXI will give my kid a free t-shirt. Kehkehkeh. BTW, what is alma mater huh? Sounds like ahmah mader (grandma mother).
And folks, don’t bitch about kids going around asking for donation. They are just trying to do their bits to improve their schools. The Government doesn’t provide all the facilities so they rely a bit on charitable acts. If you have kids coming up to you with a card, remember to applaud the kid for his courage and boldness, ok?