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 2012, It had raised more than HK$170 million for over 150 charitable projects.
Hotel helps with happy hampers
Kowloon Shangri-La aims to tantalise guests' taste buds with baskets full of festive treats and swell its charity coffers at the same time
The Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel raises funds for Operation Santa Claus through different initiatives each year - and it loves to involve its guests in these events.
The special hampers contain gingerbread bearing the Operation Santa Claus logo, black truffle oil, cookies and Christmas pudding among other enticing items, and cost HK$2,188 each.
The funds raised from Operation Santa Claus this year will go to 18 charitable projects helping children with special needs, dementia patients and many others in need.
"Operation Santa Claus is very dear to the hearts of our staff. It is a charity that touches the lives of many," said Linda Wan, the hotel's resident manager. "We try to be creative and come up with things that our guests will enjoy."
There was one year when the hotel "auctioned off" its general manager. The winning bidder got the opportunity to have him wait on them at the hotel's Shang Palace Chinese restaurant.
Several years ago, the hotel also sold glass baubles with tags on, for guests to write their wishes then set them afloat in the hotel lobby's fountain.
Last year, it sold gingerbread angels to raise funds.
It also donated two items to Operation Santa's 25th anniversary Santa's Silver Auction - a private pasta-making session with one of its chefs and a lunch with movie star Jackie Chan at one of its restaurants.
Angus Tso, whose bid won the lunch, and his wife Nora Tang enjoyed a meal with Chan in April at Shang Palace. The item raised HK$10,600.
A staff member at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital won the pasta-making session. He learned several tricks from Italian chef Marco Medaglia at the hotel's Angelini restaurant and then enjoyed lunch there.
The hotel kicked off its fundraising campaign at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, with children from the Singapore International School singing Christmas carols in the hotel lobby. It also donated HK$5,000 to Operation Santa Claus to start the donation ball rolling.
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)
- Send a cheque payable to "SCMP Charities Ltd - Operation Santa Claus". 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 require a tax receipt, please send the completed donation form and original bank receipt, with your name, address and telephone number, to the previously mentioned address. Please call 2680 8159 or e-mail email@example.com with any inquiries, or visit us online at osc.scmp.com