Rain Dear's grand finale
By CLIFFORD LO
RADIO producer Gerry Jose and his daughter Genevieve will give Operation Santa Claus a final push on New Year's Eve, playing a variety of '60s music at Sai Kung's Beach Resort Hotel.
The father-and-daughter team formed the Rain Dear band with six other music-lovers and have been performing around the territory this month to collect money for the charity drive.
'We formed especially for Operation Santa Claus,' said Mr Jose, an RTHK Radio 3 executive producer who doubles up as a drummer.
Genevieve, 17, a student and the band's lead singer, said she was delighted to raise money for Operation Santa.
'It's a good cause to help less fortunate children,' she said.
On New Year's Eve, Rain Dear will play for four hours from 8 pm in the Beach Resort Hotel's main bar.
The hotel has six donation boxes and plans to give $15,000 to the appeal.
On Christmas Eve, RTHK Radio 3 presenter Ralph Pixton collected $28,000 in a special edition of the Open Line programme, with musical contributions from legislator Jimmy McGregor, Lippo vice-chairman Stephen Riady, campaign organiser Martin Clarke and RTHK presenter Michael Rippon.
Other cheques have been pouring in since the holiday weekend, with the biggest, for $33,000, coming from the Hong Kong Futures Exchange.
The mailbag was packed with cheques totalling $111,640, and $4,000 was collected from South China Morning Post editorial staff in a book sale.
The total for the project has now reached $3,511,776.
On Friday night, singer Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, who raised $1 million, will present the cheque to Martin Clarke on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, where Polygram Records and Cheung will build a five-metre Christmas tree made of 4,500 CDs.
Were you one of the people who sent in $500 or more to Operation Santa Claus 1994? Then it could be you celebrating today after the draw of two United Airlines tickets.
The draw will be announced on RTHK Radio 3. Full details will be published tomorrow.
You can help the appeal by buying a special children's recipe book. All proceeds go to the fund.
Send a $70 cheque made out to Operation Santa Claus 1994 to Cook It, RTHK Radio 3, PO Box 70200, Kowloon or call in at a South China Morning Post bookshop.
This year's charity drive, conducted by RTHK and the Post, benefits the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children.