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Art project brings Christmas cheer to children in hospital for the holidays

Volunteers bring some festive cheer and a splash of colour toPrincess Margaret Hospital - with the help of a cartoon cat

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 December, 2013, 4:30am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 December, 2013, 4:51am

A group of artists and volunteers have brightened up a Princess Margaret Hospital children's ward with a mural they hope will bring a little Christmas cheer to those who have to spend the holidays away from home.

"Christmas is a happy time but these kids are stuck in hospital," said Daryl Ng Win Kong, the executive director of Sino Group, which is behind the project. "We wanted to bring joy to them so we made sure the paintings were completed before Christmas."

Ng and his brother David Ng Win Loong brought early Christmas presents to the children on Monday.

"Art makes people happy. For those who are sick, it may help in the healing," Ng said.

Following a design by local artist Pam Hung Man-ting of Din-Dong, a cartoon cat, volunteers from Sino Group and artists painted a wall of one of the paediatric wards last month.

The wall had previously been decorated with a green-and-brown forest design, with animals that looked like shadows.

The corners were chipped and project organisers were told that some of the children were scared of the animals.

The new design is light blue with clouds, flowers and Din-Dong dressed up as a doctor. Volunteers also fixed up the chipped and cracked corners.

"It gives the children a feeling of being outdoors even though they are indoors," Hung said.

Organisers plan to tackle another paediatric ward wall and will hold two Christmas card-making workshops for children in the hospital later this month.

As well as sharing art with the community, Sino Group is also donating to Operation Santa Claus for the ninth time this year.

Jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK, the festive charity drive has raised HK$188 million in the past 25 years.



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