Operation Santa Claus

L’hotel chain brings storytelling fun to Hong Kong children at charity Christmas parties

The youngsters were from Hans Andersen Club, which hopes to recruit volunteers to read fairytales in a bid to close generation gaps

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 January, 2017, 1:12pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 January, 2017, 4:22pm

Hundreds of underprivileged children in Hong Kong were treated to festive parties in the run-up to Christmas by a major hotel chain, as part of a charity campaign.

Organised by L’hotel from November to December last year, children from local youth charity Hans Andersen Club were invited to events which included a magic show, special Santa giveaways and storytelling activities.

The parties were held at four of L’hotel’s properties in Hong Kong – L’hotel Nina et Convention Centre, L’hotel élan, L’hotel Causeway Harbour View and L’hotel Island South.

This marked the first time L’hotel, which owns and manages seven hotel properties and serviced apartments in the city, is partnering with Operation Santa Claus, the annual charity campaign organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK.

Nicholas Yim, L’hotel’s managing director, said the company relished the opportunity to support the cause.

“We are pleased to join the Operation Santa Claus family and become a major donor to reach out to charitable organisations who need financial support for meaningful projects,” he said.

“Christmas is a season of love, sharing and giving, and it is a good time to make a contribution to the community to show our care and support.”

L’hotel also raised money for the campaign by selling Christmas stockings for HK$100.

Each hotel had its own bespoke Christmas tree with recycled storybooks beneath. The books were donated by L’hotel staff and guests for the Hans Andersen Club children.

We believe that reading can help widen a child’s horizon and facilitate better learning results for a brighter future
Nicholas Yim, managing director, L’hotel

The club, founded in 1963, was one of the campaign’s 23 beneficiary charities last year and will receive a HK$1million donation to provide storytelling programmes for some of Hong Kong’s most needy children.

With the cash boost, it hopes to recruit more than 160 senior citizen volunteers in Tuen Mun and Wong Tai Sin to tell stories to more than 1,100 children at 18 locations, including various elderly centres and schools.

Karen Lai Kai-yan, one of the charity’s project officers, said the programme aimed to close the generation gap between young and old Hongkongers.

Yim said L’hotel particularly identified with the charity’s priority to nurture children in their early years.

“We chose to work with Hans Andersen Club because we share the same belief to nurture our younger generation, and we also believe that reading can help widen a child’s horizon and facilitate better learning results for a brighter future,” he said.

“Very often, children can learn a lesson or what to do to become a man of virtue from the fairytales. It is great to support the Hans Andersen Club, which takes care of the children’s well-being, including their [character] development.”