Macao, 9 October 2011
The Companhia de Electricidade de Macau, CEM – S.A. (CEM) organized this Sunday, 9 October, 2011 the 10th edition of Energy Fun Fair, which took place at Tap Seac Square, in Macao. This year’s theme was “Save the Earth, Save Energy”, a conscious call to the new generation to make a better usage of our natural resources and protect the environment.
Thirteen secondary schools joined the event, and competed among themselves for the Best Booth Design Competition and the Talent Competition. Students were invited to develop a school project for display during the Fair including an educational game for interaction with the public. In the Talents Competition, students were challenged to perform on stage showing their talents and creativity in a drama performance. Schools participating included Escola Secundária Tong Nam, Escola Choi Nong Chi Tai, Millennium Secondary School, Colégio de Santa Rosa de Lima, Sacred Heart Canossian College, Escola Keang Peng Secção Secundária, The Workers’ Children High School, Escola Secundária Pui Ching, Escola Nossa Senhora de Fátima, Pooi To Middle School, Macau Anglican College, Escola Secundária Kao Yip, and Escola Secundária Luso-Chinesa de Luís Gonzaga Gomes.
Top three schools in the Best Booth Design Competition were awarded with cash prizes of MOP5,000, MOP3,000 and MOP2,000 respectively. Top three schools in the Talent Competition were awarded cash prizes of MOP3,000, MOP2,000 and MOP1,000. The school with the highest mark in the combination of the two competitions received the title of “Great Winner of Energy Fun Fair 2011” and was awarded with a laptop.
This year, and for the first time, the Macau Special Olympics (MSO) had one booth at Energy Fun Fair. Members of MSO prepared an energy related project to showcase to the public their capabilities and potential, an initiative that CEM feels proud of and gave full support.
CEM had its Electric Vehicle and Electric Bike for display on the site. Public had a chance to have a closer look at these environmental friendly means of transportation and have a better understanding how they operate and the importance they will play in the future.
Thousands of children and teenagers came along with their families to spend a joyful day filled with lots of entertaining and educational experiences, showing the popularity that this event has achieved, especially among school students. Young visitors also had the chance to show their creativity by participating in a Drawing Contest with the challenge to make a drawing related to the Fun Fair. Results of the Drawing Contest will be announced in the end of November. All visitors were invited to vote for their favorite school booth. Participants in the voting were entitled to enter a lucky draw to win an iPad 2. The winner is Lao Weng I.
A closing ceremony was held at 5:00pm, with guests of honor including the representative of the Secretary for Transport and Public Works of Macao SAR and Director of Energy Sector Development Office, Arnaldo Santos, Deputy Director of Environmental Protection Bureau, Vai Hoi Ieong, Administration Committee Member of Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Mak Kim Meng, Vice-President of CEM Customer Liaison Committee, Lei Chi Fong, National Director of Macau Special Olympics, Hertzer Sio, CEM Executive Directors João Travassos da Costa, Bernie Leong and Jorge Vieira, and Director of the Association of CEM & SAAM Workers, Charles Leong.
CEM Executive Director João Travassos da Costa highlighted in his speech “We pioneered to launch this educational yet entertaining event, which became a magnificent success, and it is now seen by the students and the community in general as part of the local annual events”. “The aim of the event is that the youngsters can gain a better understanding of the importance of using efficient and effectively our natural resources, with the ultimate goal to protect our precious environment”. “For the first time we have the honor to have the Macau Special Olympics members taking part in our event. It is a good start to involve different entities to showcase their creativity and potential”. “CEM is thankful for the amazing support that we have received which will encourage CEM to continue our efforts to be a responsible corporate citizen and an active partner in the society.”
The top three schools winning the Best Booth Design Competition were: 1st place, Sacred Heart Canossian College, 2nd place, Escola Nossa Senhora de Fátima, and 3rd place, Macau Anglican College, while the top three schools winning the Talent Competition were: 1st place, Escola Choi Nong Chi Tai,, 2nd place, Colégio de Santa Rosa de Lima, and 3rd place, Macau Anglican College. Sacred Heart Canossian College was chosen by the public as “My Favorite School”, and the title of “Great Winner of Energy Fun Fair 2011” was won by Sacred Heart Canossian College.