Jardine Matheson team pitch in for mental disability aid Poon Wing-to, Armeliza Ramos and Chris Wong Hoi-kit - young workers at Jardine Matheson Group - are Mindset ambassadors who volunteer with a variety of charitable causes throughout the year. While Mindset, a registered charity founded in Hong Kong by the group, deals mostly with mental health rather than mental disability, the company has agreed to sponsor a project organised by the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association. The association is a beneficiary of this year's Operation Santa Claus, co-organised by RTHK and the South China Morning Post. The three ambassadors, together with Jardine's head of group corporate affairs, Joanna Sin, and corporate secretary and director of group corporate affairs Neil McNamara, visited the association's Art Link premises in Wan Chai. They met a group of children with Down's syndrome who were practising modern dance routines. Mr McNamara also heads Mindset. 'As Jardine Matheson ambassadors, we feel privileged to be part of the programmes because we're not just contributing to the business sector but we're partners in society as well,' Ms Ramos said. 'As such, I feel more fulfilled both in my professional and personal life.' Mr McNamara said: 'The ambassadors do a lot of good work and work very hard. Next year we will be celebrating five years of Mindset and 25 years of the ambassador scheme.' 'Thirty to forty ambassadors take part every year, each time for a two-year term,' Ms Sin said. Sandra Ng Fung-chi, service manager of the association, is organising the project called Art Development and Training. The project will provide people with Down's syndrome and other mental disabilities the chance to learn musical instruments and dance before going on to perform in public next year and in early 2008. Ms Ng said she was delighted with Mindset's contribution. 'It's great. This is a self-financing project and is directed especially at families who are poor or have low incomes,' she said. 'Normally we charge between HK$80 and HK$120 per class, but some families with Down's syndrome children or others with mental disabilities can't afford these costs.' Ms Ng said she was also looking to fill more classes and get more organisations to use the facilities during the week. 'Most of our classes are full on the weekends but we need more people to use the facilities during the week days and evenings to help pay for the costs of the premises,' she said. 'We also do drawing and painting, as well as the music, and are trying to attract volunteer tutors. We also need marketing help to promote the facilities.'