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Wong Yat-hei
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Second-hand items are on offer at the University of Science and Technology garage sale. The sale raised HK$10,500. Photo: HKUST

Community and school charity events are bringing in funds for Operation Santa Claus, writes Wong Yat-hei

The Winter Fair and Garage Sale was back again and all proceeds from table hire for the event was donated to Operation Santa Claus (OSC), organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK.

Families, students and alumni set up their own stalls to sell second-hand goods at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) on December 5. This year attracted more than 160 tables and raised HK$10,500.

'The garage sale is an event for the community to enjoy,' said Jean Hudson, garage sale co-ordinator. 'It's a means for the community to give help to the community. We choose to give the table hire fees to OSC because it's a charity that supports so many beneficiaries that are worthwhile. Last year, for example, it donated a lot of money to help victims of the Sichuan earthquake, which was excellent.'

On the same day, Anchors Kindergarten and International Nursery raised HK$9,245 for OSC by hosting a Christmas Fun Fair for students and parents. Books of vouchers were available at HK$50 each. Visitors used the vouchers to take part in activities such as taking photos with Santa, face-painting, making Christmas crafts, and games.

It was the first time the school has held a charity event. 'More than 150 children [visited] - many with both parents,' said Barbara Lowe, kindergarten head English teacher.

She added that the teachers explained to the children what OSC was all about.

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