The Landmark building in Central was yesterday enlivened with Christmas carols sung by the Morgan Stanley Directors' Choir, whose debut concert aims to raise $300,000 for Operation Santa Claus. About 34 senior directors, joined by 20 children from the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children, sang seven carols in the atrium, which was filled with an appreciative crowd. Chairman and chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley Asia-Pacific, Alasdair Morrison, who led the choir, said staff had pledged $150,000 for the performance alone. Most of the directors who sang had obtained pledges of donations worth $3,000 each. 'We did our best. We only had one practice because we are all naturally talented,' Mr Morrison said. 'It's nice that we are performing for a worthwhile cause. Operation Santa Claus seems a very appropriate charity to support.' Vincent Chui, chairman of the company's charity committee and managing director of its institutional equity division, said: 'Everyone wants to give and share at this time. It's our group idea to sing and perform at The Landmark. They love it and think it's funny.' He said Morgan Stanley employees were also raising funds through an internal online auction, which was 'doing extremely well'. The auction would close by the end of today. 'We have also raised about $150,000 [through the auction] and we fully expect more. We might raise, I think, as much as $400,000,' Mr Chui said. Money raised will go towards the 12 beneficiaries of this year's Operation Santa Claus appeal, which now stands at $3,175,204. Meanwhile, Shung Tak Catholic English College students in Yuen Long have decided to help Lau Wai-cheung, an appeal beneficiary who was paralysed in a diving accident. The students met the 15-year-old at the launch ceremony of Operation Santa Claus 2003 at Government House on November 27. The school has raised funds for the appeal for eight years and as of yesterday, had collected more than $32,000 this year.