Good sports join chase to boost cause's coffers
They dressed in red and gathered at a tennis court on Bowen Road last Sunday. Some had reindeer headbands and some had toddlers on their backs.
The 100 or so 'hashers' didn't know where they were going but they were all ready for the annual Santa Hash to raise money for Operation Santa Claus, the charity appeal co-organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK.
The run brings members from all of Hong Kong's 14 Hash House Harrier clubs together to pursue a lead 'hare' in a chase around the city.
'People of all ages and abilities can join hashing. It is a healthy and socialising activity,' hare Deric Probst-Wallace said.
The day before, another sporting group marshalled in Lan Kwai Fong for its Christmas party, raising more than HK$28,000 for the appeal.
The Liechtenstein Princely Navy, a jolly Hong Kong dragon boat team, assembled in full uniform, with fines imposed for missing gloves or unpolished shoes.
'Sailors' were also ordered to put HK$10 in the fund if they had gained weight in the past six months.
'We want to keep using the uniform every year and we want to give it a purpose,' 'Admiral' Silvan Colani said.
The landlocked principality's team has paddled for a decade and it is the third time it has taken part in Operation Santa Claus. The team also auctioned off team T-shirts, a Liechtenstein umbrella, stationery and accessories.
'Dragon boat racing is the best team sport. The team must paddle together. Otherwise, it won't work,' Colani said.
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