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Operation Santa Claus

Princesses race superheroes in KPMG’s treasure hunt for charity

  • ‘Run for a Claus’ contestants must complete various tasks around the city as they raise money for Operation Santa Claus
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2018, 10:03am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2018, 11:05am

Some were dressed as Qing dynasty princesses. Others donned superhero outfits. The 188 costumed participants gathered in this Causeway Bay office were ready to kick off their widely anticipated charity treasure hunt in style.

Besides racing around the city to tackle multiple challenges, contestants in last Friday’s “Run for a Claus” competition had the best-dressed award in their sights.

Accounting giant KPMG has held this event for three years to raise money for Operation Santa Claus, the annual charity campaign jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and public broadcaster RTHK.

As the race began, 33 teams of four to six members formed mainly by KPMG employees left the company’s headquarters for various destinations around the city.

The participants, many dressed as famous characters, such as animated heroes from Dragon Ball and The Incredibles, were required to perform a range of tasks at different checkpoints. They also visited various Operation Santa Claus beneficiaries.

Pat Woo, partner and head of corporate social responsibility at KPMG China, said the treasure hunt had been very popular with his colleagues.

“I heard such a positive response from our colleagues who have done it,” he said. “A lot of people enjoyed dressing up and running around town.”

His colleagues also wanted to help the needy, Woo added.

KPMG has been a supporting organisation with Operation Santa Claus for four years, raising more than HK$500,000 (US$64,000) each year.

Vivien Wong Wai-man, whose team ultimately took home the best-dressed award, said the company had helped raise money to hold activities for the needy children during the Christmas season.

Her teammate, Ryan Sin Long-yin, said the event had given him an opportunity to have fun.

“It’s a unique experience. We don’t normally suit up like this at work,” he said of his Chinese emperor costume.