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Operation Santa Claus

Slam dunk for Operation Santa Claus with Dah Sing Bank raising funds in basketball match

Bank challenges players in two teams to score as many points as possible to boost donation to charity campaign

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 December, 2016, 2:31pm
UPDATED : Monday, 19 December, 2016, 10:18pm

The adrenaline ran high as two basketball teams from Dah Sing Bank faced off in a charity match to net the highest score for this year’s Operation Santa Claus.

The match, which will donate its proceeds to the charity campaign jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK, challenged the two competing teams to get as many points as they could. The higher the number of points, the larger the donation from the bank.

The 134 Dah Sing Bank employees at the match on November 26, including both players and fans, were joined by 32 children from FHL Adventure Education Centre, who took part in various warm-up games with the bank staff before the tip-off.

FHL Adventure Education Centre, which received about HK$850,000 from the charity fund this year, will provide adventure-based counselling to 2,000 underprivileged youngsters. This type of counselling uses sequenced adventure activities to assist personal and social development.

A team captain said he and his teammates had been preparing for the game for quite a while, and they did not hold back during the match.

But he said that it was ultimately about “having fun and raising money for charity” so he was not too upset about his team’s defeat.

“[We are honoured] to participate in the event,” he said. “We appreciate the charity event as the scores we put up will contribute to the donation to the fund.”

More importantly, he said, he and his teammates had enjoyed the interaction and connection with the FHL children during the event.

Law Man-wai, an 11-year-old who is a client of FHL Adventure Education Centre, was high-fiving the staff of Dah Sing Bank during a warm-up game. She said she was excited to have interacted with them.

“In one game, an adult was in charge of delivering the balls while being swaddled in a bean bag. And we had to shoot them,” she said. “I made around 10 shots out of the 34 shots we made in total.”

She said that she had picked up a few tricks from watching the Dah Sing Bank employees play on the basketball court, and that she would apply them while playing with her school basketball team.

“Their passing and positioning ... is something I can learn,” she said, adding that “when they were playing the game, they were really going at it”.

The match was the second time Dah Sing Bank organised a charity basketball game for Operation Santa Claus. This is the fourth year that the bank is supporting the campaign.