Walkers step in to aid appeal

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 December, 1998, 12:00am

Bankers, their families and some trustworthy pets have rallied to help disabled and orphaned children.

Employees of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and its local affiliate, the Canadian Eastern Finance group, joined a sponsored walk this month to raise money for children's charities including Operation Santa Claus.

About 200 people and a few dogs walked along Wan Chai Gap on December 13.

Patty Lau Kar-wing, chairman of the firms' charity wing, Children's Miracle, said that money was still coming in and the aim was to raise more than $400,000.

She said that $100,000 of that would go to Operation Santa, which this year will give money to the Ing Mei Orphanage Fund.

Ms Lau said workers had for many years raised money for local children in need, but this was the first year they had contributed to Operation Santa.

Some had not only walked, but had also given a day's worth of their commission to the fund.

'We see that children that come into the world with a disadvantage, in this case having no parents, should have a proper structure to take care of them and bring them into the mainstream,' she said.

'The Ing Mei Orphanage Fund is the perfect vehicle for that.

'In the past we have donated to charities that have specific needs, such as a children's hospital that needs a certain piece of medical equipment.

'The Ing Mei Orphanage Fund had a concrete mission . . . we can see where the money is going and we know that it is going to a good cause.'