Volunteer Visit to Beijing Rehabilitation Hospital, China
On 30 December 2013, 11 CapitaLand staff volunteers organised a volunteer visit to the Beijing Rehabilitation Hospital to interact with the last batch of CapitaLand Therapy for Children Project
Phase 1 children beneficiaries who would be discharged by January 2014. Since the start of the programme, CapitaLand staff have been visiting the beneficiaries regularly to understand their recovery progress and give them encouragement. Volunteers brought along small presents to warm the hearts of the children and had fun with them and their parents at an end-of-year party to celebrate their recovery.
Volunteer Visit to CapitaLand Lianjiao Hope School, Guangdong, China
On 20 December 2013, about 40 volunteers from CapitaLand, media and public joined in a volunteer visit named “CapitaLand Building for Tomorrow -- Safety Education Activity” to Guangdong’s CapitaLand Lianjiao Hope School. During the visit funded by CapitaLand Hope Foundation (China), volunteers produced a guidebook to teach about 280 schoolchildren the safety in daily life, which ranges from traffic safety, sports injury precaution to food safety. The topics embodied CapitaLand’s focus in ensuring a safe environment and healthy well-being for everyone in the workplace. The children were beaming at the end of the engagement session.
Volunteer Event "My Schoolbag", Malaysia, Japan and India
In December 2013, My Schoolbag took place in Malaysia, Japan and India. 150 staff volunteers in Malaysia, 37 staff volunteers in India, and 12 staff volunteers in Japan reached out to about 1,250 underprivileged schoolchildren to provide them with school and daily necessity items. In CapitaLand’s shopping mall in India, an eye-check was conducted for each child beneficiary to ensure their eyesight is in good condition to embrace the new school year.
Read about the volunteers’ story, "Bagging a Brand New Beginning"
Volunteer Visit to CapitaLand Xiecun Hope School, Zhejiang, China
On 9 November 2013, CapitaLand China galvanised more than 20 home owners, community volunteers and media from the East China region to participate in a three days volunteer expedition alongside with CapitaLand staff volunteers. Students of CapitaLand Xiecun Hope School, Zhejiang, learnt enrichment lessons from the volunteers. The volunteers also held a sports day and decorated the school canteen for the school beneficiaries. Since the Hope School was completed in late 2012, this is the first volunteer expedition held by school donor CapitaLand. CapitaLand Hope Foundation (China) donated sports equipment and lunchboxes with the wish of strengthening the children’s health.
Volunteer Expedition to Jihong Village in Tiantaishan Town, Sichuan, China
In the Sichuan Province of China, CapitaLand donated S$100,000 and partnered Habitat for Humanity to provide disaster relief for children and their families affected by the devastating earthquake in April 2013. In support of “4.20 Sichuan Post-earthquake Rebuilding Project”, about 57 staff volunteers from Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam participated in a four days international volunteer expedition to construct safe homes that can withstand earthquakes of up to 8.0-magnitude around Tiantaishan Town. Staff volunteers applied their real estate expertise and skills at the worksite. This community project is of great significance to the company and demonstrates its duty to contribute to the communities it operates in.
Read about the volunteers’ story, "Rebuilding with Love, Building for Tomorrow"
Volunteer Event "CapitaLand Volunteer Day" Home Improvement Programme, Singapore
200 CapitaLand staff volunteers took part in the inaugural CapitaLand Volunteer Day where they helped to improve the living environment of 20 needy families. The full-day volunteer initiative served the objective of providing a better living environment, including a conducive study area, will help boost the children’s desire to learn and their confidence to realise their full potential. It was a key event in the series of community development activities rolled out over the months of October and November to commemorate the Group’s 13th anniversary.
Read about the volunteers’ story, "V is for Volunteer"
My Schoolbag, Singapore
More than 500 CapitaLand staff and community volunteers accompanied 750 children on the fun-filled outings at The Star Vista, Junction 8, Tampines Mall, IMM Building and Lot One Shoppers’ Mall in Singapore as part of the My Schoolbag programme. All the children beneficiaries received a new schoolbag, school shoes, stationery and some household essentials to start the next school year. They also received S$20 worth of CapitaVouchers to do their own shopping. Other than a delightful shopping experience, the children were entertained with magic show, dance-exercise and an educational green-theme drama skit.
Read about the volunteers’ story, "Bagging a Brand New Beginning"
Volunteer Event "Kids' Food Fund Junior Chef Cooking Competition", Singapore
On Children’s Day, over 100 children beneficiaries from Singapore’s five Community Development Councils (CDCs) were at a food-themed party to launch CapitaLand Hope Foundation’s Kids’ Food Fund 2013. The highlight of the party was the Kids’ Food Fund Junior Chef Cooking Competition with CapitaLand staff volunteers teaching the children to cook and eat healthily. Eight teams of three children took part in the healthy cooking contest where they had to prepare a two-course meal created by the volunteers that was simple to make, yummy to eat and good for the body. Some children have no one to prepare healthy meals for them at home. Under Kids’ Food Fund, 1,000 underprivileged children will receive healthier meals in 2014; the fund is administered by the five Community Development Councils (CDCs) through their outreach partners, which include primary and secondary schools, student care centres, family service centres and grassroots organisations.
Read about the volunteers’ story, "Healthy, Happy Meals"
CapitaLand Celebrates Giant Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia's Birthdays, Singapore
To celebrate Kai Kai and Jia Jia’s birthdays and their one-year anniversary in Singapore, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme, threw a big panda party for them at the River Safari on 6 September 2013, with a specially-made cake and toy for the birthday duo. Children from CapitaLand Hope Foundation’s 10-year CapitaKids programme also joined in the fun at today’s panda party! Four of the CapitaKids, ushered by their CapitaLand staff mentors, had an unforgettable opportunity to join the distinguished guests on stage for the cake-cutting ceremony and sang a birthday song.
My Schoolbag, Vietnam
CapitaLand Vietnam organised a volunteer trip on 6 September 2013 to its first CapitaLand Hope School in the country, CapitaLand Nang Yen Primary Hope School. 35 CapitaLand and The Ascott Limited volunteers including CapitaLand Vietnam’s board members, senior management and staff visited the school and joined in the New School Year ceremony with teachers and students at the school. To mark the start of a new school year, CapitaLand Vietnam gave out schoolbags and stationery to all the 170 students at the school. This event is part of the My Schoolbag programme supported by CapitaLand Hope Foundation.
My Schoolbag, China
CapitaMalls Asia launched the 2013 My Schoolbag China at Beijing’s CapitaMall Taiyanggong on 2 September 2013. Under the programme, over 19,000 underprivileged 1st-grade pupils from more than 200 schools in 21 provinces and autonomous regions received their first set of schoolbag and school necessities in their learning journeys, including pupils from 19 CapitaLand Hope Schools. New launches include Zhengzhou, Suzhou and Hohhot. This year’s programme is organised by CapitaMalls Asia and China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), with funding from CapitaLand Hope Foundation (China). My Schoolbag is CMA’s signature annual corporate social responsibility programme which has been carried out in China for four consecutive years. Including this year’s beneficiaries, the programme has benefited more than 64,000 first-grade students in China.
Volunteer Donation Drive for CapitaLand Xingfuzhilu Hope School, Inner Mongolia, China
CapitaLand China and The Ascott Limited in North China region organised “A Gift of Love to Warm the Heart” winter clothes donation drive in Beijing and Tianjin. More than 500 pieces of winter wear were collected from residents of serviced residences and CapitaLand staff for 330 schoolchildren at CapitaLand Xingfuzhilu Hope School in Inner Mongolia. Volunteers spent time to sort, arrange, clean and pack 350 pieces of warm clothing into big bags, which were delivered to the school by land transport. Thanks to the generosity of the donors, about 80% of the donated clothes were new.
Children’s Day volunteer event at CapitaMall TianjinOne, China
CapitaMalls Asia invited 15 children from CapitaLand Tianpingzhuang Hope School in Jixian County, Tianjin city to experience an interesting and memorable International Children's Day at CapitaMall TianjinOne together with more than 10 staff volunteers from the shopping mall on 31 May 2013. It was the second time volunteers got together with children from CapitaLand Tianpingzhuang Hope School since the school was established in 2012.
Volunteer Visit to CapitaLand Donghua Hope School, Sichuan, China
A group of 30 volunteers from media, community and CapitaLand China staff visited CapitaLand Donghua Hope School in Zigong on 24 May 2013 for an activity under the theme of “Building for Tomorrow – Growing Safely and Happily”. Volunteers brought emergency supplies such as tents and first-aid packets, which were sponsored by CapitaLand Hope Foundation (China), to the school and the children. In addition, a teacher gave the children a lesson on earthquake, and taught them how to protect themselves in an earthquake through interaction and scene simulation Read More
Volunteer Expedition to GK Tanay Rizal Community Village, Manila, Philippines
CapitaLand organised an international staff volunteer expedition to assist the children community at Tanay, Rizal located in Manila; the project was supported by Philippines-based community development foundation - Gawad Kalinga (GK). 40 CapitaLand staff volunteers from China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Japan sweated their guts out to help build houses for the community comprising about 300 children, who were left homeless after Typhoon Ondoy struck in September 2009. Staff volunteers also engaged the local children by planning interactive learning sessions to provide them with an opportunity to acquire new knowledge.
Read about the volunteers’ story, "Beating the Heat to Build a Warm Home"
P.E.E.K (Providing Educational Exposure for Kids) @ Bugis+, Singapore
40 CHF children beneficiaries from FaithActs, The Salvation Army Gracehaven, and CapitaLand's own 10-year mentorship programme CapitaKids Programme visited the newly refurbished Bugis+ for a P.E.E.K educational tour of the mall. 10 children of CapitaLand staff also joined in the fun. 40 CapitaLand staff volunteers were on hand to host the children at this 13th P.E.E.K. tour since this bi-annual event kickstarted in 2007. The hot topic of the day was a fire safety talk with fire fighting demonstration; and the day ended with a behind-the-scenes tour of Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) on level 7 of of Bugis+. Having a tenant like SDT is part of CapitaLand’s efforts to integrate community facilities within malls under the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Community/Sports Facilities Scheme.
Read about the volunteers’ story, "Kids Go Behind-the Scenes of Hip, Chill-out Joint"
CapitaLand Therapy for Children Project, Beijing, China
In the afternoon of 1 February 2013, 9 CapitaLand staff volunteers spent one day making their rounds amongst the children at the Beijing Rehabilitation Centre, and visited 3 children beneficiaries of CapitaLand Therapy for Children Project. Before meeting them, the volunteers met with the medical staff and were thoroughly briefed on how to interact with children with disabilities and how to assist them if the need arose. One of the cheerful children, who is recovering from polio, performed for the volunteers in good spirit. Her mother shared that her daughter is able to walk around a wall and tie shoelaces on her own after rehabilitation.
Read about the volunteers’ story, "Child-like Hope"