Operation Santa Claus

Auction dishes up HK$25,000 hotpot dinner for charity

Bidding was fierce at Rothschild's Christmas party as staff vied for activities ranging from a meal with the boss to a martial arts class

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 December, 2013, 5:15am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 December, 2013, 5:15am

Financial advisory group Rothschild's Christmas party got a little heated this year, as staff vied for "services" offered by their colleagues in a charity auction.

Going under the hammer were activities such as a barbecue at an employee's farm on the outskirts of Beijing, a five-course dinner with fine wine at the home of one of the managing directors, and a class in wing chun, a form of kung fu. But it was a hotpot dinner for six people with the company's chairman for Greater China which drew the highest bid of the night: HK$25,000.

"It can't be something you've bought, and has to involve your own efforts and time," said Rothschild director Wallace Wong of the "services" up for grabs at the annual auction. "We wanted to have everyone contributing to help others this Christmas."

About 80 staff from the company's Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices gathered at the Happy Valley racecourse on December 13 to celebrate Christmas and raise funds for Operation Santa Claus via the auction.

The auction raised a total of HK$126,000, which the company topped up for a total donation of HK$150,000 to Operation Santa.

Wong himself is hosting a wine-tasting session, which he has done several times before. He said a favourite previous auction win was dinner with colleagues at the home of a managing director. "It was a good opportunity to gather with colleagues. We don't normally get together in such a relaxed environment," he said.

This year, a band from the Changing Young Lives Foundation performed at the party. The foundation is one of the 18 beneficiaries for which Operation Santa Claus is raising funds.

"It gave us the chance to interact with the band, rather than just donating money to help them," Wong said, adding that the company's charity focus was children, as they were the future.

The annual Operation Santa Claus charity campaign, jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK, has been running for 26 years and supports a wide variety of community projects. Rothschild has been one of the campaign's major donors for five years.


How you can give

  • 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 osc@scmp.com with any inquiries, or visit us online at osc.scmp.com