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Operation Santa Claus

Project Space and Credit Suisse team up to bring Christmas cheer to needy families through Operation Santa Claus

  • The charity, which assists poor families with home repairs, treated its beneficiaries to a Christmas party
PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 December, 2018, 10:01am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 December, 2018, 10:00am

Christmas has come early for dozens of children from 20 Hong Kong families thanks to the work of a charity and its fundraising partner.

The beneficiaries of Project Space’s home repair services, who live in inadequate housing in various districts, got together and enjoyed buffet snacks, booth games, face-painting and a visit by Santa at the Christmas party held in the organisation’s Quarry Bay office on November 21.

They also celebrated the festive season with some special guests from financial services firm Credit Suisse, which raised funds to support them.

Carsten Stoehr, the company’s Greater China CEO, said the group attached importance to giving back to the community.

“We also find that many of our staff members feel very strongly about engaging in [helping society],” he added.

Apart from fundraising, Liza Green, who oversees the company’s corporate citizenship programmes in the region, said she believed her colleagues could learn through volunteering in Hong Kong.

“Otherwise they would be isolated and insulated from the place they live,” she explained.

Credit Suisse had worked with a wide array of charitable initiatives and organisations in Hong Kong, including Operation Santa Claus, the annual fundraising campaign jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and public broadcaster RTHK.

“Operation Santa Claus helps us to drive some of the very worthy projects and initiatives,” Stoehr said, adding that this was the 10th time Credit Suisse had collaborated with the annual fundraiser.

Each year the financial service provider, through Operation Santa Claus, chooses a charity to be the beneficiary of funds raised at the firm’s annual holiday party for its Hong Kong staff.

Stoehr said his team chose Project Space this year because the charity’s services meet the needs of many people living in substandard conditions.

“Supporting this kind of effort to improve quality of life and raise awareness around it is important to us,” he said.

Project Space’s Home Improvement Project is aimed at tackling health and safety issues facing residents of small subdivided flats, public housing units and squatter huts across the city.

It plans to help out 80 to 120 low-income families in the coming year using funds from partners.

How you can give:

  • Donate online by credit card at osc.scmp.com/donate
  • 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
  • Donations of HK$100 or more are tax-deductible. If you would like a tax receipt, please send the completed donation form and original bank receipt, with your name, address and phone number, to the above address. Please call +852 2680 8159 or email [email protected]om with any inquiries, or visit us online