Hang Seng Bank spreads Christmas joy among schoolchildren at HKSKH Kowloon City Children and Youth Integrated Service Centre
- Games and gifts on offer at event for beneficiaries of ChickenSoup Foundation, which provides tutoring and child care services
Volunteers from a bank brought festive cheer to 50 primary school students when they visited them at a children’s centre in Kowloon.
The visitors, from Hang Seng Bank, spread some Christmas joy among the pupils, aged between six and 12, at a party hosted by HKSKH Kowloon City Children and Youth Integrated Service Centre on December 20, where they also handed out presents.
The volunteers also took the opportunity to get to know the children, as everyone at the party got into the spirit of things by taking part in booth games and other fun activities. The pupils, who live in Kowloon City, were beneficiaries of ChickenSoup Foundation, a charity which provides tutoring and child care services.
Alison Ho Cheuk-wai, head of corporate responsibility at Hang Seng, said the outreach effort was part of the company’s initiative to support the youth in the community.
“Our charity work focuses on the youth,” she said.
“The gathering [at the children’s centre] has given us an opportunity to engage with the youngsters and make them feel they are being cared about.”
She said her team was keen to work with different community organisations, including some being backed by Operation Santa Claus, the annual fundraiser jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and public broadcaster RTHK.
Employees of the bank, which has been supporting the charity drive since 2014, had held after-school tutoring sessions for children, while some colleagues drew and painted with patients in hospital during an art therapy project, she said.
Ho, a mediator by training, taught students how to settle disputes at school.
“I also baked cookies together with some children in a kitchen at our workplace,” she added.
The volunteers, drawn from various departments at the bank, took part in about 120 charity activities last year.
The bank encourages staff participation in community services by giving employees paid volunteer leave.
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