Operation Santa Claus

Pair plan MTR record bid for charity

RTHK presenters hope to transit all 84 stations in nine hours while drawing in donations

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 December, 2013, 6:14am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 December, 2013, 7:08am

Two RTHK radio presenters will attempt to set a world record by catching trains that will take them through all 84 MTR stations within nine hours, in a bid to raise funds for Operation Santa Claus.

Tim Littlechild and Chantel Shafie, hosts of the radio show Something for the Weekend, will broadcast live as they attempt to make it into the Guinness World Records on December 30.

"We wanted to come up with a way to raise funds and get Hong Kong people involved that is really fun," Shafie said.

"We'll get to see a lot of people. Say if we're in Causeway Bay or Sha Tin, we can invite people along the way to come on the radio, say hello and donate some money," she said.

Riding the MTR all day may sound easy, but Shafie said the challenging part would be finding the quickest route - that is, deciding where to start and where to make toilet stops. They will also have to study train frequencies and work out the fastest way to change trains.

"I'm taking a pillow or a cushion with me, as I'm sure I will get a sore bottom by the end of the day," she added.

The event harks back to the 1960s when presenters would pull crazy stunts during Christmas to raise funds for charity. Exploits included diving into a wintry Victoria Harbour, reading poetry from rooftops and climbing flagpoles.

In 1988, Operation Santa Claus, organised by RTHK and the South China Morning Post, was launched . This year, it is raising funds for 18 charities.

Shafie has met some of the people who have benefited from the charities, including children full of appreciation for the help they had been given and a terminally ill cancer patient whose strength and lack of despair impressed her. "It's a game changer," she said.

She and Littlechild are appealing for sponsors to support the challenge. "Hong Kong people are very generous. A little bit of money that makes not much of a difference for you makes a big difference for those in need," Shafie said.

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