Operation Santa Claus

Squash players at Hong Kong Football Club will dress to impress for Operation Santa Claus

  • Ten teams set to dig deep in the wardrobe for annual costume tournament fundraiser on Saturday
PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 November, 2018, 6:49pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 November, 2018, 7:09pm

Hong Kong squash players will be swapping sports attire for something a little fancier on Saturday when 10 teams compete in costume to raise money for charity.

The 2018 Annual Wing Ding Charity Tournament at the Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley will see rackets out swinging in support of Operation Santa Claus, the annual fundraiser jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and government broadcaster RTHK.

Players are being sponsored by their employers to take part in the tournament.

The club’s squash section has a charity subcommittee which is organising a raffle and silent auction.

The Wing Ding tournament takes its name partly from Yuen Kam-wing, a disabled staff member of the squash centre who died in 1998.

Stephen Gollop, who chairs the subcommittee, said the event was aimed at bringing the city’s squash community together, letting people have fun and raising money for a good cause.

The subcommittee hopes more players will take part every year.

“We are bringing in the juniors for the first time this year,” Gollop said.

The squash fundraiser has been held at the club annually since 2003, with the facilities provided free of charge.

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How you can give:

Donate online by credit card at

Donate at an ATM or at any HSBC branch (account no: 502-676299-001 for SCMP Charities Ltd – Operation Santa Claus)

Donate with a cheque payable to “SCMP Charities Ltd – Operation Santa Claus” and mail it to: Operation Santa Claus, South China Morning Post, 19/F, Tower One, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay

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