Operation Santa Claus 2016 (OSC), an annual charity campaign co-organised by the South China Morning Post and Radio Television Hong Kong, was generously supported by various schools. The campaign has raised a total of HK$16 million, and of that total, schools contributed HK$450,000.
This year, Discovery Mind Kindergarten has earned the title of top school donor, raising almost HK$120,000 from their 11th annual sponsored hike on November 19. Around 500 children, parents and friends took part in the walk, which set off from their campus in Discovery Bay to Siena Park. This makes Discovery Mind Kindergarten the recipient of the “Top School Fundraiser Award” for the eighth year running.
The second highest donation came from Delia School of Canada, who raised more than HK$70,000 over the Christmas period. The school also claimed the award of the “Most Creative School Fundraiser” for their innovative thinking. They held a dress-down day, with the theme of Crazy Hat/Hair Day, on December 2, Students and teachers turned up to class in hats and wigs as long as they gave a minimum donation of HK$20.
At Shung Tak Catholic English College, students enjoyed a mini fun-fair and singing contest on December 16 in the name of charity. They contributed some HK$30,000 to the cause.
The events held at Hong Kong International School raised a total of HK$30,000. They held class challenges from December 8-15, and one class from each grade had the chance to win a prize for helping to raise the most money. The school also held its own fancy-dress days from December 16-18, with students and teachers dressing up as reindeer, gingerbread people, snowmen, Santa Claus, or even the Grinch.
OSC, with its theme of “small change, big change”, supports non-governmental organisations that are working to help children and the youth, the elderly, people with mental and physical disabilities, within the community and medical services.