Hospital staff sing for their supper

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 December, 2011, 12:00am


The Christmas party held by the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital staff this week was no ordinary affair. As well as being a fund-raiser for Operation Santa Claus, it marked the start of celebrations of the hospital's 90th anniversary in 2012.

So their festive lunch on Monday had plenty of fun, food and meaning.

Staff raised money through an entry fee, sponsorship of singing acts and an online auction. The hospital will match the money the staff raised during the Christmas party.

On the menu was Canto-pop singer Albert Au singing oldies, medical superintendent Dr Walton Li Wai-tat singing the hospital's anthem, and other staff performances.

Dr Joseph Chan Woon-tong, a senior doctor, said: 'Staff took turns - they came during their lunch breaks, had some food and fun, and were able to contribute. It is our biggest charity event every year.

'This arrangement is aimed at maximising staff participation. We see how patients suffer, and our employees always want to help.'

Operation Santa Claus fits the hospital's mission of giving to health and medical charities, Chan said. The annual fund-raising appeal organised by the South China Morning Post and Radio Television Hong Kong has supported more than 100 charities since it began in 1988. Money raised this year will directly benefit 16 Hong Kong-based charities.

Chan says the hospital plans to continue working with beneficiaries of this year's appeal after it ends. 'Our medical staff can use their expertise in health and medicine to help those in need, and we can also learn from them, their experiences.'

The hospital's staff, under the Village Volunteer programme, regularly visit old people's homes and special schools for children with disabilities. They provide free health checks, teach the elderly how to prevent illness and show teachers and parents how to care for children at special schools,

Cynthia Huie, the hospital's matron of nursing administration, takes part in the volunteer programme, along with her husband and two sons. 'Doing volunteer work has become our main family activity on weekends. It's good because our shared passion for charity means the family lives in harmony,' Huie said.

How you can give

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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.

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