Pixton plea for final Operation Santa push

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 January, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 January, 1993, 12:00am

LISTENERS to Ralph Pixton's Open Line show on RTHK Radio 3 this morning will be asked to give a final push to the Operation Santa Claus 1992 charity drive.

The total yesterday stood at $2,361,962, with about another $1 million in outstanding pledges.

Pixton said he would go once again to his ''Open Line Family'' and ''Friends of Open Line'' because he was sure they would want the Hongkong Association for the Mentally Handicapped to be able to provide all the services the charity drive hoped to fund.

He admitted to being slightly disappointed that the cause of the mentally handicapped had not taken off in the same manner as the previous beneficiary, the Children's Cancer Foundation, which received a cheque for $6 million last year.

''We must continue to work towards changing attitudes towards the mentally handicapped,'' Pixton, who has been part of every Operation Santa since it began life as Operation Fat Choy in 1956, said.

The amount raised on the programme will be added to the total, which will be presented to Mrs Lavender Patten, patron of the Hongkong Association for the Mentally Handicapped, at a ceremony on Thursday.