Current economic conditions are giving charities a tougher time than ever this year, and our Operation Santa Claus is no exception. Faced with such a formidable task, project director Vivian Chun Zee-ying is doing her best to tough it out and look on the positive side. 'This has been a unique and special year because there are so many more people to help,' Chun admitted. 'This year it is tougher. Seventy per cent of donations in the past were from major corporations, and most are still contributing, but maybe not as much as before. Also, with the Sichuan earthquake, a lot of people have contributed a lot to that cause already. As a result, we are focusing a bit more towards individual donations and working with schools.' Although trying to raise more funds has been a struggle, Chun hasn't lost any of her positive vibe and motivation. 'Whereas half the effort might already have yielded a hundred per cent of the reward last year, this time a hundred per cent of the work is only getting about 60 per cent of the result. It's difficult but to see the hospital patients and help the beneficiaries keeps me going. Plus, to work on Operation Santa Claus has also been spiritually so meaningful to me. You feel you can't rest.' Your help is needed, too. Among the fund-raising events coming up tomorrow are the Merrill Lynch minigolf tourney and the Barclays Capital Asia staff and kids Christmas carols. Both take place at Citibank Tower. Plus, the annual Mad Dog Motorcycle Club ride starts on Sunday at 11am from Granville Square, Tsim Sha Tsui, heading to Wan Chai.