Off and racing for operation santa
Every little bit counts in this season of giving, and many in Hong Kong have been hard at work to do their part in raising money - while also having a bit of fun.
Last Sunday, around 160 'hashers' young and old, dressed in festive attire, ran all round Tai Tam Reservoir hunting for directions, then capped off the run with some food, beer and friendly banter.
Since the early years of Operation Santa Claus (OSC) more than 20 years ago, the city's 14 Hash House Harrier clubs have met up for an annual Christmas 'Santa Hash' run to raise money for the charity drive. This year, the hashers raised HK$45,300 - of which a large part came from a raffle on the day of the run. The hashers also solicited contributions from companies, as well as bars and restaurants frequented by the hash clubs.
The Santa Hash is organised by a different hash club every year, and this year's was run by the Hong Kong Hash House Harriers - which also organised the first Santa Hash.
OSC, jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK, has supported more than 100 charities since it began in 1988. This year, it will raise money for 16 Hong Kong charities.
Meanwhile, many fun OSC events are happening in Hong Kong in the coming days.
Major donor Cruciani Bracelet will be selling its special Dragon bracelet for HK$150 this weekend and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on the second floor of Pacific Place, with all proceeds going to OSC.
Sino Group, another of the major donors, will host a show of Spanish artist Eva Armisen's cheerful paintings in at the tmtplaza shopping mall in Tuen Mun from Christmas Day until New Year's Day. On Christmas Day, visitors can donate HK$20 to OSC for a photograph framed inside a border designed by the artist.
In another Sino Group event, between December 23 and New Year's Day shoppers can take a photo with anime comic character Din-Dong for HK$20 at a photo booth in the Olympian City 2 mall in Tai Kok Tsui to create fun holiday e-cards.
A charity sale of 100 Christmas products at the Great Food Hall in Pacific Place is being held until New Year's Eve, with part of the proceeds going to OSC. The Sino Group of Hotels is holding a charity sale of cookies and chestnuts at four of its hotels until New Year's Day.
And caterer Maxim's has been holding a charity sale of turkey at m.a.x. concepts branches and will donate HK$10 for each turkey sold. It will also donate HK$1 for each cup of hot tea sold at Maxim's MX branches.
How you can give
Donate online by credit card at osc.scmp.com
Donations can be made at ATMs or at any branch of HSBC: account number 502-676299-001 for SCMP CHARITIES LTD-OPERATION SANTA CLAUS
You can make a donation by cheque, payable to 'SCMP CHARITIES LTD-OPERATION SANTA CLAUS' and mail to: Operation Santa Claus, Morning Post Centre, 22 Dai Fat Street, Tai Po Industrial Estate, New Territories, Hong Kong
Donations of HK$100 or more are tax-deductible. If you would like a tax receipt, please send the completed donation form and original bank receipt with your name, address and phone number to the address above.
Contact us via e-mail at email@example.com, telephone 2680 8159 or visit us online at osc.scmp.com