J. P. Morgan bankers push up Operation Santa Claus funds
A party for some very special guests and a dumpling-eating contest help staff at J. P. Morgan Private Bank push OSC's account even higher
An excited group of children pushed through the large revolving doors, filling the normally quiet lobby of the Central office building with laughter and turning the heads of sombre-looking office workers.
The visitors were underprivileged children from the Po Leung Kuk charity, and they were headed to the 27th floor and the headquarters of J. P. Morgan Private Bank, where a Christmas party was being thrown in their honour.
It was all part of the bank's support for Operation Santa Claus (OSC) - an annual appeal jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK. And they have been helping to raise funds and a smile for the cause for more than a decade.
Throwing the children's party was all about having fun and playing games, but the bank's employees also raised funds with a raffle and a dumpling-eating competition.
"Writing a cheque is easy, but we also want to give back with heart," said Michael Fung Yue-ming, chairman of J. P. Morgan Private Bank in Asia. "We want to get the staff involved and make them excited, too."
Last year, the bank's employees responded enthusiastically to the firm's first dumpling-eating fundraiser. So this year, the company expanded the event, inviting 16 teams from other financial companies.
"We're used to competing in business … But this time, the competition was in eating," said Fung.
Each team of four contestants had to finish a total of 100 dumplings. The champions, one of J. P. Morgan's teams, managed the task in just over six minutes. Colleagues sponsored the participants according to the number of dumplings they ate, with all the money to OSC.
At last week's party, the youngsters from Po Leung Kuk were joined by some of the staff members' children. Also on the guest list were representatives from Teach Unlimited Foundation, one of OSC's 18 beneficiaries this year. The foundation recruits university graduates as academic mentors for underprivileged students.
"Like J. P. Morgan, we believe Hong Kong's future is in our children, and there are some children who need a hand," said Maria Lee Cheng Yan-kam, the foundation's vice-chairwoman.
Fung said he hoped J. P. Morgan could find ways to support the relatively new foundation through the bank's network of community work agencies.
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