UBS staff give back for the festive season, all while having a bit of fun, for Operation Santa Claus
- Bankers dress up for lunchtime Christmas market to raise funds for charity drive
Santa, his elves and Harry Potter were all present at a winter market staged in an office in Central last Friday.
The protagonists were staff from financial services firm UBS, who took time out to enjoy the charity bazaar during their lunchtime.
The bankers, many in fancy dress, kicked back in the corner of their workplace set aside for stalls selling biscuits, mulled wine and specially designed men’s ties.
A charity auction was also held during the party, with an array of art pieces up for grabs.
All the proceeds go to Operation Santa Claus, the annual charity campaign jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and public broadcaster RTHK.
Amy Lo Choi-wan, chairwoman and head of UBS Wealth Management for Greater China, said the winter market is a big annual event at the firm.
“Many colleagues have donated items to the event to raise funds,” she said, adding that many employees had also enjoyed shopping for Christmas treats at the bazaar.
“The specially designed ties are one of our biggest draws this year,” Lo said, noting a long queue had formed for the highly sought-after item of menswear.
She commended many of her colleagues for taking the initiative to give back and work for a good cause.
The firm, which has been supporting Operation Santa Claus for 18 years, wanted to help out in different ways, she said.
UBS has helped set up a programme to train executives from NGOs and social enterprises by honing their skills in strategic thinking, fundraising strategy, brand building and social networking.
Rob Stewart, chief communication officer Asia-Pacific at UBS, said this was the second year the company had held the winter market.
“We have got a lot of people together,” he said. “We are very happy to be able to give back to the community at this time of the year.”