Operation Santa Claus

Hong Kong’s Italian Women’s Association to host fundraiser at Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital

  • ‘When you are so well received, you also want to give back,’ group’s president says
  • Event in gardens of Sandy Bay hospital
PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 November, 2018, 10:02am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 November, 2018, 12:11pm

Lovers of all things Italian in Hong Kong will have an opportunity to savour classic spritz cocktails and add vintage knick-knacks to their collection for a good cause this Saturday.

The Italian Women’s Association in the city is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year, The Italian Charity Day at Sandy Bay, on December 1 from 10am to 5pm.

Fair-goers can chill out the Italian way in the gardens of the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital, Sandy Bay, where a gourmet corner offering ready-to-eat dishes and snacks will be set up.

Shoppers may also get ideas for Christmas presents at a bazaar where more than 90 stalls are expected to display wares ranging from branded clothes and toys to accessories and watches.

Proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Society for the Relief of Disabled Children. Another beneficiary is Operation Santa Claus, the annual fundraiser jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and government broadcaster RTHK.

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The association’s president, Alessandra Cocchi Joynt, said she hoped more people would take part in their “signature” fundraising event, which has been held annually for the past 35 years to help the needy in the city.

We feel Hong Kong is really our home. When you are so well received, you also want to give back
Alessandra Cocchi Joynt, Italian Women’s Association

“We feel Hong Kong is really our home. When you are so well received, you also want to give back. This is the spirit of the Italian Women’s Association,” she said, adding that she had lived in Hong Kong for 25 years.

Paola Caronni, vice-president of the association, noted that the charity wanted to help people neglected by society.

“There’s another side of Hong Kong which people have to be aware of. There is so much one can do [to help],” she said.

The group has raised money for different charities such as institutions that care for disabled children and migrant workers.

Its charity work has gained a lot of support from the local Italian community and government representatives, Joynt said.

Italy’s consul general in Hong Kong, Clemente Contestabile, will officiate at the charity day’s opening ceremony.