From Santa's little helpers

Gareth Pang

Hong Kong schools raised plenty of cash for charity this past holiday season during their OSC drives

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Twenty-two Hong Kong schools collected more than HK$500,000 for the 2012 Operation Santa Claus (OSC) campaign which raises funds for local charities. The annual event is jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK.

Discovery Mind Kindergarten raised HK$152,100 from its charity walk, winning the top school fundraiser award for the fifth straight year. "It [the charity walk] is an event that brings all schools together under Discovery Mind," says Jane Wilson, head of the International Section. "It is an enjoyable event for a good cause. The parents are very supportive and students also understand it."

Students having fun at game stalls at Korean International School in Sai Wan Ho. Photo: May Tse/SCMP

The most creative award went to Korean International School, which organised a Santa Fun Day for both its primary and secondary students. The day kicked off with a fundraising pancake breakfast and was followed by photo-taking sessions with a Santa Claus impersonator.

The highlight of the day was a fun fair organised by secondary school students, featuring more than 20 game stalls. Wrapping up the event was an evening charity concert by primary students.

Coming second in fundraising was Diocesan Boys' School Primary Division, which raised HK$86,790 by asking students to hang cards on its Christmas tree.

German Swiss International School (GSIS) raised HK$20,000 with two charity concerts. The school held a musical about saving the environment at its Wan Chai campus around Christmas time, featuring 100 children aged five and six. GSIS staged another concert at the Vine Church featuring students aged eight to 12. They sang songs on the theme "A Simple Gift Makes a Big Difference".

The closing ceremony of the 24th annual charity drive will be held today at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Wan Chai. The wife of the chief executive, Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, who is the honorary patron of Operation Santa Claus 2012, will attend the ceremony.

Students of Clearwater Bay School sing Christmas songs at fundraising fair. Photo: Thomas Yau/SCMP