Dinner promises to put a smile on charities' faces

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 May, 2008, 12:00am

This year's event begins with a charity dinner and auction today. Proceeds from the evening will be split between Operation Smile's Hangzhou Charity Hospital and the Red Cross in Chengdu to help victims of the May 12 earthquake.

Three lots have been donated for auction: An Evening at Harkaway, an oil on canvas painted by Sir David Akers-Jones and estimated to sell for HK$28,000 to HK$60,000; a Chaumet Limited Edition Dandy Jumping Hour men's watch estimated at HK$128,000 to HK$170,000; and a unique Shanghai rose gold tourbillon women's watch commissioned specially for the auction and valued at HK$200,000 to HK$250,000.

All proceeds from the dinner and hammer sales will be donated to the charities.

'What we do at Bonhams we do 100 per cent,' said Carson Chan, managing director of Bonhams Asia.

'So we are not deducting any of our costs from the event's proceeds. We want all the money to go the people who need help. We are fairly new in town as we opened here only at the beginning of last year, but we are now part of China and want to help.'

Operation Smile's China Medical Mission is a volunteer organisation that supports medical missions on the mainland and its Charity Hospital, which opened at the end of last year, provides surgery and after-care services without charge to poor children with cleft lips and palates.

Sir Akers-Jones, chairman of Operation Smile's China Medical Mission, said he was extremely grateful to Bonhams for supporting the charity.

'We are in great need of funds for our hospital on the mainland and it is great to be associated with Bonhams and their beautiful and precious artworks and jewellery,' he said.

'I'm playing a lowly part by donating one of my paintings of a typical scene in Victoria, Australia.'