Operation Santa Claus
Jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK since 1988, Operation Santa Claus is one of the largest charitable donation drives in Hong Kong. By November 2013, it had raised more than HK$211 million for over 190 charitable projects.
Charity auction winner to take star Jackie Chan to task over comments
Charity auction bidder to take action star to task over his comment about too much protest
The man who won a charity auction to have lunch with action movie star Jackie Chan says he will take the chance to discuss with Chan his recent controversial comments.
Angus Tso was among bidders who bought rare experiences offered in Santa's Silver Auction, which closed last Monday after selling 29 items, generating more than HK$120,000 for Operation Santa Claus (OSC).
OSC is an annual holiday appeal jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK. The money from the auction, organised by RTHK Radio 3, will go towards funding projects of 18 charitable organisations.
Tso, who donated HK$10,600 to win the lunch with Chan, said he wanted to meet the actor partly because of his suggestion in a recent magazine interview that the government should restrict Hong Kong people's freedom to demonstrate.
"Although I don't agree with all Chan's opinions, I think we can discuss them rationally," Tso said.
He also planned to learn more about Chan's childhood. "I know he was very poor when he was a child," said Tso. "I just want to know how he struggled to success. I think it will be a very encouraging story."
Another man at the auction won the bid to attend a private pasta-making session with Italian chef Marco Medaglia at Kowloon Shangri-La's Angelini restaurant.
Marco Tse - a self-described cooking maniac who works at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital - said he had also taken part in a cooking competition at the hospital's Christmas party last Monday which was organised to raise funds for OSC.
"After this workshop, I will definitely join the competition again next year to make the delicious Italian dishes for my dear friends and raise more funds for OSC beneficiaries," Tse said.
Chef Medaglia said he would be imparting tricks of the trade in his workshop, such as how to make the perfect pasta dough.
"Guests can let their imagination run wild as I'll be teaching how to create fiddly-shaped pasta and specially flavoured pasta that can't be found in the stores," he said. "I'll also pass on a few of my own pasta-making secrets."
A third winning bidder, Radio 3 presenter Andrew Dembina, gave the item he won to his wife, Ada Ho. She received an illustration of her festive memory drawn by Post cartoonist Harry Harrison (top).
Another winning bidder, Jeremy Walker, will celebrate his wife's birthday this month with a gourmet tasting dinner at The Peninsula's Felix restaurant - where they had their first date 15 years ago. "We'll be savouring every mouthful guilt-free as it's for charity," Walker said.
Because of the success of the charity auction, RTHK Radio 3 will be organising a second phase to sell four additional items, including a humorous personalised song composed, produced and sung by the radio station's spoof-songmaker Steve James. Radio 3 will receive e-mailed bids for the auction until December 31.
How You Can Give
Donate online by credit card at osc.scmp.com
Donate at an ATM or at any HSBC branch (account no: 502-676299-001 for SCMP Charities Ltd - Operation Santa Claus)
You can donate with a cheque payable to "SCMP Charities Ltd - Operation Santa Claus" and mail it to: Operation Santa Claus, Morning Post Centre, 22 Dai Fat Street, Tai Po Industrial Estate, New Territories
- 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 above address. Please call 2680 8159 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries, or visit us online at osc.scmp.com