The Hong Kong Cricket Club is geared up for December. Every member knows it’s a month full of activities and fun. One of them is the annual Operation Santa Claus event, which is geared toward raising money for the said Charity as well as the annual Wing Ding tournament. Not to mention the Junior Summer League, which awed a lot of pros and parents during the event as teens and squash ball boomers showcased their vigorous moves to earn the much coveted Junior Summer League title.
Prior to the official Wing Ding tournament, the HKCC had their own mini Wing Ding tournament and they were able to gather over HKD 10,000. The said event was spearheaded by Lorenz Zimmerman and Mike Openshaw who both did a magnificent job in handling the overall activity.
They then sponsored a team who swung, ran, and smashed squash balls enthusiastically in their colorful uniforms to help raise fund for the Charity. The tournament, dubbed as Wing Ding tournament, is observed annually in order to keep Operation Santa Claus running, and it commenced last 23rd of November this year. For those who are not quite familiar with the Charity, it all started when a physically disabled employee at the Urban Council Squash Center named Yuen Kam-Wing or Wing died in 1998. Due to his impeccable servitude for the council, a meager sum of money is being raised yearly. For the past few years, specifically since 2003, the said tournament has already collected HK$ 6,089,072.82 for the charity, Operation Santa Claus. So far, the biggest contribution that Wing Ding tournament gathered amounted to HK$ 1,814,209 in just one afternoon of squash ball games in 2012. While the club is still waiting for the overall amount of money raised during this year’s tournament, a lot of them are hopeful that it’d be as fruitful as the past year.
As mentioned, the club really has a calendar full of activities this year as it also had its Juniors Team participated in the annual Hong Kong Squash Summer League as Juniors Team in Division 10. Furnished with energy, skills, and talents, HKCC’s finest juniors actively participated in the league, which lasted for ten weeks. The team was taken from the club’s Junior Development Program. The club has already been providing the kids with ample support and learning for squash ball games. The team was led by Andrew Ho, the Junior Captain, and Eleanor Sackett, the Ladies Captain.
The club is also holding teens’ disco, caroling activities, and family festive lunch buffet for several days this month.