Operations Santa Claus 2006 - beneficiaries of the medical issues category Operation Santa Claus, organised annually by the South China Morning Post and RTHK, traditionally supports medical services that involve high treatment costs for low-income families. Patients with kidney disease and epilepsy are the focus of this year's campaign. The money raised will help provide psycho-social support through play for children with kidney disease who need on-going or repeated stays in hospital; replacement of three old dialysis machines in centres that provide lower-cost treatment for the underprivileged; and alleviation of the financial burden on low-income families who care for children in need of kidney transplants. In addition, your contribution will support programmes which help children and teenagers with epilepsy develop self-esteem, and assist their parents to cope with the condition. Playright Children's Play Association Playright is a non-profit making organisation established in 1987. It is a member agency of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, supported by the Community Chest of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust Fund, and other foundations and private donors. Originally, Playright focused on the development of playgrounds which were safe, stimulating, and enabled all children to play. The focus has widened to include a range of play services and programmes to promote the child's right to play. Wish: Therapeutic Play Project for Children with Renal Disease is an innovative concept to help children with kidney disease cope more positively with their illness, through therapeutic hospital play. www.playright.org.hk Lions Kidney Educational Centre and Research Foundation The centre-cum-foundation was set up in 1991 to educate the public on the prevention of kidney disease, and provide a low-cost dialysis service for end-stage kidney disease patients. Wish: To provide three new dialysis machines to replace ageing machines. Children's Kidney Trust Fund More than 1,000 adults and children are on the waiting list for kidney transplants in Hong Kong. About 40 to 50 have the operation each year. The Children's Kidney Trust Fund was founded in 1996 by a group of doctors and nurses. It aims to improve the care and quality of life of children with kidney diseases. Wish: Subsidies for kidney transplant children, to alleviate the financial burden of underprivileged families who care for children after a kidney transplant. www.childrenkidneyfund.org.hk Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation One of the leading rehabilitation agencies in Hong Kong for both physically disabled people and those suffering with chronic illnesses. Through the strenuous support of government and private organisations, including the Transport Department, the Social Welfare Department, the Community Chest and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, its services have been extended from people with a disability, to patients with chronic illnesses and the elderly, as well as the general public. There are five categories in the society's scope of services: accessible transport and travel; education and advocacy; wellness and community rehabilitation; vocational rehabilitation; and long-term care. Wish: A long-term development and empowering project addressing the self-esteem and positive living of children and teenagers with epilepsy. www.rehabsociety.org.hk HOW YOU CAN MAKE DONATIONS: Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2250 3185, or visit us online at osc.scmp.com You can organise events in school to raise funds. Let us know what your plans are. Donations can also be made by ATM or at HSBC branches: a/c name SCMP CHARITIES LTD ? OPERATION SANTA CLAUS, a/c number 502-676299-001 You can also make cheques payable to ?SCMP CHARITIES LTD ? OPERATION SANTA CLAUS? and mail them to: Operation Santa Claus, South China Morning Post, 16/F Somerset House, Taikoo Place, 979 King?s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong Donations of HK$100 or more are tax deductible. If you?d like a tax receipt, please fax the transaction record together with your name, address and contact details to 2565 2429.