CapitaLand donates COVID-19 care kits to more than 1,400 students at four CapitaLand Hope Schools in Vietnam
Students to receive personal hygiene tips from Vietnam Red Cross Society
Vietnam, 22 May 2020 - CapitaLand, through its philanthropic arm CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF), and its wholly owned lodging business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott) have teamed up with the Vietnam Red Cross Society to donate COVID-19 care kits to more than 1,400 students at four CapitaLand Hope Primary Schools and Kindergartens in Vietnam. Each care kit contains antimicrobial fabric masks, liquid hand soap, hand sanitiser and a packet of milk.
More than 40 staff volunteers from CapitaLand and Ascott distributed the care kits to the students at CapitaLand Le Xa Hope Kindergarten (Hung Yen Province) and CapitaLand Tan Tay Hope Kindergarten (Long An Province) on 21 May 2020, and CapitaLand Quang Yen Primary Hope School (Phu Tho Province) and CapitaLand Thanh Phuoc Primary Hope School (Long An Province) on 22 May 2020. The Vietnam Red Cross Society also taught the students personal hygiene tips to protect their own health.
"As a socially responsible organisation, CapitaLand is committed to providing opportunities to underprivileged children with a better future by focusing on their education, healthcare and shelter needs through CapitaLand Hope Schools. In this challenging time, our vulnerable communities need our support the most. The care kits and personal hygiene tips by Vietnam Red Cross Society will help to further strengthen the children’s resilience against COVID-19. We are also encouraged by our 40 staff who volunteered their time to distribute the care kits to the students at the CapitaLand Hope Schools. By helping one another and standing together in solidarity, we will be able to overcome this pandemic and emerge stronger and more united.”
“At Ascott, we continue to provide a safe haven for our guests who have stayed in our serviced residences throughout COVID-19. Our staff volunteers bring the same level of care in our community outreach activities and we are glad to continue playing our part in making a difference to the education and healthcare needs of these underprivileged students.”
Mr Tran Van Dai, in charge of Communication for the Vietnam Red Cross Society of Hung Yen province stated that the contribution of businesses like CapitaLand is very important in supporting the community. “We appreciate these meaningful programmes during this period. Hopefully through this activity, students will improve their personal hygiene routines and preserve their health as well,” he said.
Mrs Ho Hai Yen, Principal of CapitaLand Quang Yen Primary Hope School said: “The school is well-prepared to ensure the safety and well-being of returning students and teachers. The classrooms and teaching equipment are regularly disinfected and precautionary measures such as temperature checks and physical distancing rules are in place. Education continues to play an important role in protecting our students and the school. Good personal hygiene tips can boost our collective resilience against any potential spread of the virus.”
On 7 April 2020, CapitaLand, together with CHF donated COVID-19 test kits capable of performing 40,000 tests, valued at US$1 million to the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and Vietnam Ministry of Health to support the community in its fight against COVID-19.
About CapitaLand Vietnam (www.capitaland.com/vn)
CapitaLand Vietnam is a business unit of CapitaLand, one of Asia’s largest diversified real estate groups.
After 25 years of operation in Vietnam, CapitaLand’s portfolio in Vietnam comprises two integrated developments, close to 8,600 quality homes across 15 residential developments, two retail malls, one business park as well as close to 7,000 lodging units in 27 properties across 10 cities - Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hai Phong, Halong, Hoi An, Danang, Binh Duong, Cam Ranh, Nha Trang and Vung Tau.
In line with CapitaLand’s credo ‘Building People. Building Communities.’, the Group is committed to contribute to the Vietnamese economy by seeking opportunities to expand its presence in the country. CapitaLand will also continue to hire and nurture a strong local team, exchange knowledge and skills with local partners, and contribute to the local communities’ underprivileged children and environment through corporate social responsibility efforts. CapitaLand has also built four CapitaLand Hope Schools for underprivileged children in Phu Tho, Long An and Hung Yen Provinces.
About CapitaLand Hope Foundation (www.capitalandhopefoundation.com)
CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand, was established in 2005 to further CapitaLand’s community development commitment to ‘Building People. Building Communities.’, by recognising that the long-term success of the company’s business is closely intertwined with the health and prosperity of the communities in which it operates.
Every year, CapitaLand allocates up to 0.5% of its net operating profit to CapitaLand Hope Foundation. The Foundation is a registered charity in Singapore which promotes the social growth and development of vulnerable children with respect to their education, healthcare and shelter needs. The Foundation also strives to improve the quality of life for the vulnerable elderly through healthcare, deeper social integration and better living conditions.
Going beyond donations associated with charitable giving, the Foundation also focuses on giving time and attention to its beneficiaries through advocating volunteerism. The strong commitment of volunteers embodies CapitaLand’s mission to care for and contribute to the economic, environmental and social development of communities.
About The Ascott Limited (www.the-ascott.com)
The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. Ascott’s portfolio spans more than 180 cities across over 30 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the USA.
Ascott has more than 69,000 operating units and over 43,000 units under development, making a total of more than 112,000 units in over 700 properties.
The company’s serviced residence and hotel brands include Ascott, Citadines, Citadines Connect, Somerset, Quest, The Crest Collection, lyf, Préférence, Vertu, Harris, Fox, Yello and POP!.
Ascott, a wholly owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited, pioneered Asia Pacific's first international class serviced residence with the opening of The Ascott Singapore in 1984. Today, the company boasts over 30 years of industry track record and award-winning brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.
Ascott’s achievements have been recognised internationally. Recent awards include DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’; World Travel Awards 2019 for ‘Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’ in Asia, Europe and the Middle East; Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards 2019 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’; Business Traveller China Awards 2019 for ‘Best Luxury Serviced Residence Brand’; and TTG China Travel Awards 2019 for ‘Best Serviced Residence Operator in China’.