Appeal total soars with fun-filled festive events
Lana Lam and Ada Lee
More than HK$9 million has been raised for Operation Santa Claus 2010, thanks to the generous donations of Hong Kong people.
Over the past seven weeks, hundreds of people have helped organise dozens of events as part of the annual fund-raising campaign organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK. So far, HK$9,786,987 has been raised.
Every day since mid-November, the SCMP has brought you stories about the campaign and profiles of the 16 beneficiaries working to help thousands of disadvantaged people in Hong Kong and on the mainland.
Coverage of the campaign will finish today but the appeal continues until January 20, so there is still time to make a donation.
Campaign organisers yesterday thanked all the major donors, including the team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch who raised HK$1.72 million. Other top fund-raising events included the five-a-side football tournament at Stanley Fort, organised by the tireless Brian Crockford, and the Morgan Stanley Directors' Choir.
Special thanks go to Tim Everest, who organised the Wing Ding Squash Tournament which exceeded all hopes by topping HK$1 million.
The final figure raised and the top fund-raiser will be announced at a closing ceremony on January 20.
Campaign project director Deon Lai congratulated all those involved, especially the clubs and associations that doubled their previous fund-raising efforts this year.
RTHK's head of English programme services, Bryan Curtis, said 2010 was set to be a record year.'It's surprising to see we have fewer major corporate donors this year, just 20, but our total donation is likely to be in the top three in our history.' SCMP editor-in-chief Reginald Chua agreed. 'It's been a good year for most people in Hong Kong so it's heartening to see that we are all willing to share some of that prosperity with those in need,' he said.
This year's major donors were Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital Asia, Clifford Chance, Fancl, the Five-a-side Football Tournament, Fong's Industries, Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, JP Morgan, Macquarie Group, Manulife, Maxim's, Melco, Morgan Stanley, RBS Coutts, Rothschild, Sino Group, Swire Group Charitable Trust, UBS, Wing Ding Squash Tournament and Zeshan Foundation.
Major school donors were the American International School, Diocesan Boy's School Primary Division, Discovery Mind Kindergarten, Kiangsu and Chekiang Primary School (International Section), King George V School, Korean International School, Ling Yan School, Shung Tak Catholic English College, South Island School, Think International School, Victoria (Ho Man Tin) International Nursery, Yew Chung International School (Primary Section) and the YMCA of HK International Kindergarten.
Thanks also go to the Katterwall music group and the Island Bar, the children of High West Pok Fu Lam, the police tactical unit, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Santa Hash, and the Liechtenstein Princely Navy.
Also among the businesses and individuals who named Operation Santa Claus as beneficiary of fund-raising events were City Links Golf Lounge, Great Food Hall, Hong Kong Shop Online, Maxim's, Moca, Lucia Cheung, Sino Group of Hotels, Superb Talent, Tada, The Link, Watson's Wine Cellar and Wine People.
The campaign received two cheques for more than HK$100,000 each from individual donors this year.
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Donate online by credit card at osc.scmp.com
Donations can be made by ATM or at any HSBC branches: a/c number 502-676299-001 for SCMP CHARITIES LTD - OPERATION SANTA CLAUS
You can donate by cheque, payable to 'SCMP CHARITIES LTD - OPERATION SANTA CLAUS' and mailed to:
Operation Santa Claus, Morning Post Centre,
22 Dai Fat Street, Tai Po Industrial Estate, New Territories, Hong Kong.
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