Volunteers show hospital patients their artistic streak

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 December, 2011, 12:00am


Macquarie Group has loaded plenty of toys and goodies on its sleigh to deliver to needy children, while also remembering the elderly.

The financial group decided to work with Art in Hospital (AIH), one of the Operation Santa Claus (OSC) beneficiaries this year, because it serves children as well as the elderly.

Jeffrey Shiu, Macquarie's head of equity in Hong Kong and China, said: 'Often at Christmas, children are seen to be the priority and groups like the elderly become less of a focus.'

That is why the group has chosen to donate to AIH, which provides a creative outlet for young and elderly people who find themselves confined to hospitals.

This is the sixth year Macquarie has supported OSC. On Thursday, two dozen Macquarie employees visited the AIH office in Wan Chai to decorate cotton bags by gluing on coloured felt, an activity that AIH often holds for children in hospitals.

The room was filled with joy and laughter as the employees unleashed their artistic talents to create colourful pictures of cows, fish and lions.

Heather Matwejev, manager of the Macquarie Group Foundation, said the group continued to support OSC because 'it supports a lot of different charities that are unique and underfunded projects, and it's a yearly giving programme that our staff expects us to support.'

Macquarie's generosity runs throughout the year, driven by its foundation, which was established in 1985. The company supports its staff in looking for ways to volunteer that interest them, and in ensuring that the foundation's community service activities are aligned with the group's business interests.

Since March, Macquarie has been running a mentoring programme with the Foreign Correspondents' Club Charity Fund and Po Leung Kuk, in which Macquarie employees have volunteered as mentors. Macquarie's trading floor staff have once again demonstrated generosity this Christmas. They went out to Toys 'R' Us, which provided a discount just for Macquarie, to buy toys for children through AIH.

Nor were the elderly neglected. One employee was generous enough to buy a new digital camera, with a tripod, to donate to AIH for use in art projects in hospitals.

'At Macquarie, we believe that a company has a responsibility to work for the betterment of the communities in which it operates,' Shiu said.

Meanwhile, Cruciani Bracelet will be selling its special Dragon bracelet for HK$150, from Friday to Sunday, on the second floor of Pacific Place, with all proceeds going to OSC.

Operation Santa Claus, jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK, has supported more than 100 charities since it was founded in 1988. This year it will raise money for 16 Hong Kong charities.

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 osc@scmp.com, telephone 2680 8159 or visit us online at osc.scmp.com