Combined community efforts have created another successful year for Operation Santa Claus, which raised more than HK$14 million - the second highest amount in its 20-year history - for 18 charities. Representatives of the beneficiaries of Operation Santa Claus - coorganised by RTHK and the South China Morning Post - joined community and corporate donors yesterday to mark the success in Central. Campaign patron and the chief executive's wife, Selina Tsang Pou Siu-mei, Post editor C.K. Lau and acting Director of Broadcasting Gracie Foo Siu-wai rang bells to usher onstage nine children who uncovered 'gift boxes' bearing numbers indicating the total donations tally - HK$14,051,768. Every cent will go to help 18 organisations that help the needy. 'It has been an amazing year,' Mr Lau said. 'This year we have seen many new charities joining us, many new faces among individual and company donors, as well as many more fund-raising activities to respond to the charity call.' Mr Lau attributed OSC's success in the past 20 years to close co-operation between RTHK and the Post. Matthew Shing Ming-kong, founder of beneficiary Little Life Warrior Society, said funds from OSC meant a lot to children suffering from cancer. 'We will be able to organise more activities for the children and their families to encourage them to fight their life battles,' Dr Shing said. On the donor side, Brian Crockford, organiser of the annual Stanley five-a-side soccer tournament, which raised a record HK$1.2 million, said: 'The tournament has been held for 10 years, yet the energy and enthusiasm behind the games are becoming stronger year by year. It is the spirit of community that has put every one of us together to do our share for people in need.'