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Operation Santa Claus

Hong Kong’s Police Tactical Unit tests speed and strength in aid of Operation Santa Claus

  • More than 500 officers take part in Fanling event, which includes relay race and pulling armoured vehicle
PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 December, 2018, 10:02am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 December, 2018, 10:02am

Hong Kong’s toughest cops stood up to an annual fun challenge at the Police Tactical Unit (PTU) headquarters in Fanling with a mix of brains, brawn and generosity to raise more than HK$182,000 (US$23,200) for charity.

Teams of officers – including PTU staff and trainees, and members of the Special Duties Unit (SDU) – ran, pulled and fought it out in various tests of stamina on December 20 for Operation Santa Claus, the yearly fundraiser organised by the South China Morning Post and public broadcaster RTHK.

The game kicked off with a relay race, during which contestants had to complete laps of the PTU complex.

They further demonstrated their strength in the spectacular “Unimog Pull”, during which they split into teams to pull the unit’s signature armoured vehicles from one side of a square to the other.

The “Redman Rumble” challenge, meanwhile, was a tactical battle. Seven officers wearing protective gear weighing about 5kg burst balloons taped to each other’s chunky outfit with foam batons, while dodging opponents’ attacks.

More than 500 officers took part in the annual event. The unit raised funds by having its officers bid money to push their teammates to go the extra mile in each of the seven games of the day.

David Jordan, commandant of the PTU headquarters, said the unit had been supporting Operation Santa Claus for 24 years and that the fun challenge had become a tradition.

He drew a parallel between the charity drive’s work and the unit’s, explaining why the PTU felt it important to back it.

“[Operation Santa Claus] is a multi-beneficiary project,” he said.

Christmas treat for children at L’hotel Nina in Tsuen Wan

“The money raised for it doesn’t just go to a single group. It spreads across the whole community, which directly reflects the PTU in a certain way because we serve every member and every aspect of the community.”

In addition to the games, the PTU event featured charity auctions of donated items, all adding to the pot for Operation Santa Claus.

Jordan noted the fun activities gave officers, most of whom would have to work during the festive season, an opportunity to relax while doing their bit for a good cause.

Larry Chan Kin-kwok, the deputy commandant, said various companies of the force participated in the event.

“We are all happy to do charity work. It’s very meaningful,” he said.


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

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