REVELLERS and entertainers took to the streets yesterday to give passers-by some festive fun and encourage them to dip into their pockets for Operation Santa Claus. Mabuhay host Vilma Gardiner and RTHK Radio Three chief Martin Clarke opened the festivities at the Chater Road Fun Day, which included stalls, games, concerts with local bands and singers, joined by artists from the Philippines. Pupils from the International Christian School and the Chinese International School joined in, as well as locally-based Filipino dance troupe, Simple Youth. However, the day must belong to Radio Three's Martin Clarke, who gave up his headphones for a day to become Father Christmas. 'I'm very popular around here today,' he said, describing the commotion he caused when people lined up to have a picture taken with him - at a cost of $20 a photo, with the proceeds going to Operation Santa Claus. Ms Gardiner, one of the organisers, was very satisfied with the outcome. 'The children were able to perform to help other children, and to provide not just entertainment but some kind of care. 'Also, the Filipino community enjoyed the day very much. When a show like this is presented to them, they feel that Hong Kong cares for them.' Ms Gardiner said she expected more than $50,000 was raised. Money raised from this year's charity drive will help needy children by assisting Youth Outreach and Sowers Action, a locally-based charity aiming to improve children's education in China by rebuilding schools and sponsoring pupils. Yesterday's event attracted a range of local sponsors including a donation of $10,000 from ACL Electronics Hong Kong Ltd. According to Nerissa de Ramos, assistant to the chairman of the electronics firm, 350 employees had come up with an additional $10,000. Booming business at Modern Terminals will benefit those runaways and schoolchildren in China as the company has pledged 50 cents for every container handled in December. A total of $18,818 was raised between December 1-7. The company has pledged a minimum donation of $80,000, though the actual figure may exceed that. Last year, the company raised $84,949 for the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children through the Operation Santa Claus campaign. Local film buffs will have their knowledge tested at the KPS Video Show on Wednesday at the Furama Hotel to raise funds. Fionnuala O'Halligan, Harry Rolnick, Bey Logan, Gary Pollard, Natalie Haughton and Teresa Norton will have their movie knowledge tested under the chairmanship of Hugh Chiverton. Managing director of KPS Garrie Roman will also be on hand to present the prizes. Readers who would like to be in the audience at the quiz, which will be broadcast on Radio Three on Christmas Day, should call Helen Rigby on 2339-6418. All cheques of $1,000 or more for Operation Santa Claus could win donors a limited edition Omega Speedmaster watch worth $89,000. Cheques should be marked with 'Watch' on the reverse, and will be put into an astronaut's hat for a draw which will take place at the Godown Operation Santa Claus party next Monday. All cheques must be received by noon that day. Donations of $500-$1,000 will go into the United Airlines lucky draw for two return tickets to New York. Please ensure that you include a contact number on your cheque. Cheques should be made payable to Operation Santa Claus 1995 and sent to Operation Santa, PO Box 70200, Kowloon Central Post Office. Donations can also be dropped in collection boxes at the following locations: Urban Properties at City One, Mei Foo Sun Chuen and Park Lane Shoppers Boulevard, all KPS, Esprit and Body Shop stores, Godown, Conrad Hotel, Carnegies, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Furama Hotel, Holiday Inn Golden Mile, Mad Dogs in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, Joe Bananas, Ali Oli Delicatessen and Pepperoni's at Sai Kung, and KHF & Associates in Cheung Chau.