Volunteer Visit to the Singapore Zoos
33 underprivileged children from REACH Family Service Centre were invited by The Ascott Limited’s Singapore cluster staff volunteers for a day of fun outing at the Singapore Zoos during their school vacation. For some of the children, it was their first time visiting the zoo. Each child was paired with one of the 38 staff volunteers as they walked through the zoo trail. They learnt some interesting facts about nature such as effects of global warming and why it was necessary to save the earth to protect the existence of some of the animals. The memorable time together came to a sweet ending with a meal and gifting each child with a BPA Free Collapsible Water Bottle to reinforce the message of going green.
Volunteer Expedition to CapitaLand Daping Hope School, China
With lessons, games, books and willing hands, CapitaLand volunteers brave a chilly winter in the mountains to bring warmth to the children of CapitaLand Daping Hope School in Guangdong Province, China. In 2012, CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF) donated RMB400, 000 to the school to build canteen and a dormitory. Going beyond donations, 55 volunteers including staff from China, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam as well as community volunteers spent five meaningful days at the school during the CapitaLand International Volunteer Expedition in December 2014. Volunteers came with expertise and experience to conduct a gamut of enrichment classes for the children including music and dance, art and craft, and health and nutrition lessons as well as a day of fun and games and home visits. They also painted wall murals and brightened up stairways for the students.
Read about the volunteers’ story, For a Better Tomorrow
CapitaLand Volunteer Day, Singapore
250 senior management and staff volunteers from the CapitaLand Group in Singapore took time off work to participate in our second CapitaLand Volunteer Day (CVD) on Friday. They devoted more than 2,000 man-hours through Volunteer Service Leave - paid leave for staff to do volunteer work. Together, CapitaLand staff volunteers reached out to 150 underprivileged children, a 3-fold increase from 2013. They carried out “makeover” refurbishment works at 2 children’s homes, Melrose Home and PERTAPIS Children’s Home, and 16 residential units of underprivileged families with children. Ms Chew Weiting, a second-time CVD staff volunteer, said: “CVD is a meaningful and enriching event where we can make a difference and bring happiness to families who need a helping hand. Seeing the beneficiaries with tears of joy at CVD 2013 made me feel contented and eager to contribute to this worthy cause again.”
Read about the volunteers’ story, Spreading More Love this Volunteer Day
My Schoolbag, Singapore
In Singapore, My Schoolbag programme partners with five Community Development Councils (CDCs) for the fourth consecutive year to benefit 1,000 children from low-income families. The children were each given S$150 worth of CapitaVouchers to shop for schoolbags, as well as other school and daily necessities at a CapitaMall located in their CDC districts – namely The Star Vista in North East, Westgate in South West, Bedok Mall in South East, Junction 8 in Central Singapore and Lot One Shoppers’ Mall in North West. During their outings to the CapitaMalls, the children were also treated to lunch and entertainment, including a ventriloquist performance imbued with environmental protection messages. 451 staff volunteers and 220 student volunteers interacted with the schoolchildren.
Volunteer Visit to CapitaLand Xiecun Hope School, China
On 15 November 2014, 33 staff volunteers from CapitaLand China’s eastern region convened at Hangzhou to journey to CapitaLand Xiecun Hope School in Lishui City of Zhejiang province, to conduct a volunteer expedition. CapitaLand Hope Foundation funded the purchase of new paints to do paintworks and library chairs, so the school environment would be enhanced. In addition, the volunteer team brought schoolbags, thermal flasks, uniforms and books to benefit 264 underprivileged students. Over a few days of expedition, the volunteers constructed reading room and painted a large wall mural with cheerful design.
Read about the volunteers’ story (in Chinese), Building for Tomorrow•Drawing the Future
My Schoolbag, China
Into its fifth year in China, the My Schoolbag programme gave out new schoolbags to about 16,000 children in over 200 schools nationwide, including 22 CapitaLand Hope Schools; and the staff volunteers conducted volunteer activities with . Cai Lesheng, General Manager of CapitaMall Yuhuating and CapitaMall Taohualun, has been volunteering with the programme every year since it started. No matter how difficult the journey has been to reach the children, every encounter he has had with them has been meaningful. “This year, we travelled more than 600 kilometres in heavy rain and fog over rugged, mountainous terrain to reach the children in Xinhua County, Loudi City in Hunan Province. Some of these children have been left behind by their parents. Their schools lack qualified teachers. Some schools don’t even have classrooms. The children face such dismal conditions, yet they display such cheerfulness and fortitude,” shared Cai.
Read about the volunteers’ story, A Bag Full of Happiness and Hope
My Singapore Fundraising Concert
Held at The Star Theatre, My Singapore 2014: “Moments of Love” Fund Raising Charity Concert was a charged night of song and dance, and giving. CHF pledged to match dollar-for-dollar the proceeds raised from the concert for children charities of President’s Challenge 2014. With a total of S$100,000 raised and CHF’s pledge, a S$200,000 cheque donation was presented by Director of CapitaLand Hope Foundation, Mr James Koh Cher Siang, to Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the concert. 4 talented CapitaLand staff volunteers joined in the meaningful concert by performing two songs: a piece written by staff volunteer Crystal Deng, titled ‘Song of Hope’, and a cover of the classic ‘Stand By Me’.
Read about the volunteers’ story, Building For Tomorrow
P.E.E.K @ The Star Vista
On the same day when My Singapore Fundraising Concert was held, CHF hosted the Providing Educational Exposure for Kids event (P.E.E.K) for more than 30 children beneficiaries from Beyond Social Services at The Star Vista shopping mall. P.E.E.K is an educational tour for underprivileged children. 30 staff volunteers led the tour and explained CapitaLand properties’ eco-friendly features. Some of them even brought their children – nine in total – to join in the fun. Besides witnessing rainwater irrigation, the kids were also presented demonstrations on using the escalator safely and reducing light and water usage for efficiency. They also learnt about NEWater air coolers that help provide natural ventilation for the mall.
Read about the volunteers’ story, Building For Tomorrow
CapitaLand Volunteer Day, Shanghai/ Beijing/ Chengdu/ Guangzhou/ Wuhan, China
CapitaLand ‘Building for Tomorrow • Walk for Hope’ experiential charity walk was held on 28 June 2014 as the first CapitaLand Volunteer Day in China. More than 3,000 participants comprising government officials, CapitaLand’s senior management and staff, celebrities, business associates and community volunteers played their part for charity and endured ‘hardship challenges’ in the two-hour, 10-kilometre charity walk. Participants carried weights, wore blindfolds, kept silent and balanced on one foot during the charity walk to experience and empathise the daily challenges faced by underprivileged children who walk several kilometres to school every day carrying heavy schoolbags or are physically impaired. Participants were also encouraged to load their backpacks with food, necessities and educational materials which were collected at the end of the walk and donated to students of CapitaLand Hope Schools in China. CHF donates RMB200 (about S$40) for every participant who completes the walk. About S$100,000 was raised to be channelled to the education, healthcare and shelter needs of underprivileged children in China.
Read about the volunteers’ story, Take a Walk in Another’s Shoes
Volunteer Visit to Doi Wiengpa Pitaya School, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Ascott organises humanitarian trip to improve the lives of underprivileged children in Thailand. The Ascott Limited, CHF and iCare Thailand Foundation have together provided school dormitory furniture to needy students at Doi Wiengpa Pitaya school in the Chiang Rai province of Northern Thailand. 84 new bunk beds, sheets, mattresses and individual storage boxes to store clothing have been donated to the school. Jean Keijdener, Country General Manager for Thailand, Ascott said: ‘We are delighted our contributions will help and support by creating better living conditions for those children in poverty. The improved dormitories allow boys and girls who live too far away the opportunity to attend school. More education could lead these children to a healthier life and a better chance for a brighter future.’ Besides the dormitory furniture donation, Ascott’s staff and iCare Thailand Foundation’s team also visited the Doi Wiengpa Pitaya school, played games, helped set up the new beds for the children and presented some boxes of milk and snacks to all the children.
Read about the volunteers’ story, New Dormitories for Hill Tribe School in Chiang Rai
Volunteer Expedition to Tabontabon Central School, Philippines
Within days of the Super Typhoon Haiyan disaster in November 2013, The Ascott Limited in the Philippines stepped in to raise funds through its serviced residences in the country. With support from CHF, the philanthropic arm of Ascott’s parent company, PHP1.87 million (S$53,622.25) was raised for World Vision Philippines’relief and rehabilitation work in the affected areas. More was to come. CHF partnered with World Vision Philippines to build three new classrooms for Tabontabon Central School, providing not just funds but labour as well. From 28 May to 1 June 2014, 42 CapitaLand staff from the Philippines, China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore came together and spent five days helping to rebuild the school which has nearly 900 students.
Read about the volunteers’ story, Reaching Out in Times of Need
Volunteer Visit to CapitaLand Tiantouyong Hope School, Guangdong, China
Staff volunteers paid another visit to CapitaLand Tiantouyong Hope School, Guangdong on 21 March 2014 to celebrate the completion of the school with a ceremony. The district official, CapitaLand and the charity partner’s management member officiated the ceremony. The rebuilding of the school started in July last year and was completed in late November. CapitaLand also donated more than 150 sets of school uniforms. A volunteer programme was rolled out after the ceremony to interact with the schoolchildren.
Volunteer Visit to CapitaLand Kongjiafang Hope School, Hubei, China
On 10 March 2014, CapitaLand staff organised a volunteer visit titled CapitaLand ‘Building for Tomorrow•Hand in Hand for Happiness’ to the CapitaLand Kongjiafang Hope School in celebration of completion of the main school building donated by CHF. The school was deemed unsafe for use after a torrential rain struck in July 2013. A new school building was completed in late 2013 to provide a safe and enhanced study environment for more than 325 students. During construction, the students studied at other nearby premises, and they were delighted to return to the new school building. The students received new sports bag, table tennis tables, basketball frames and learning materials donated by the company. The volunteers held a Spring sports day, and played tug-of-war and ball games with the schoolchildren.
Volunteer Visit to Beijing Fengtai Hospital, China
Following the completion of the first phase, CHF (China) embarked on second phase of CapitaLand Therapy for Children Project
with a partnership with China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation and China Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities on 26 December 2013.
Under this collaboration, CHF (China) will support 50 underprivileged with physical disabilities from Chongqing and Hubei Provinces to receive surgery and therapy in Beijing. Staff volunteers visited 21 of the Phase 2 beneficiaries in Beijing Fengtai Hospital along with celebrity ambassador of the project on 27 January 2014. They sent over new year presents, warm clothings and well wishes. The children beneficiaries shared their post-treatment feelings with the staff volunteers. The treatment process is on-going for the children.