CCT and its tenants spread festive cheer through inaugural ‘Gifts of Joy’ charity drive
Singapore, 20 DEC 2013– Singapore, 20 December 2013 – To spread love and cheer to underprivileged children this festive season, CapitaCommercial Trust Management Limited (CCTML or the Manager of CapitaCommercial Trust (CCT)) organised an inaugural charity drive “Gifts of Joy” at four of CCT’s office buildings – Capital Tower, One George Street, Six Battery Road and Twenty Anson. Held from 2 December to 17 December 2013, the drive attracted positive response from tenants and staff who donated a total of 627 gifts and $4,000 cash for 171 children from four beneficiaries – Infant Jesus Homes & Children’s Centres (IJHCC), Melrose Home (Singapore Children’s Aid Society), MINDSville@Napiri and Singapore Anglican Community Services Family Care Centre. Tenants were earlier invited to contribute brand new toys, clothes and sports items, and deposit the unwrapped gifts at collection points in the main lobbies of the four office buildings. Over two days, 53 employees of CCTML, CapitaLand and CapitaMalls Asia volunteered their time to record, wrap and deliver the gifts to the children at the beneficiaries.
Ms Lynette Leong, Chief Executive Officer of CCTML, said, “As we celebrate the year-end festivities, we want to remember that Christmas is a time to share joy, hope and love. We are introducing “Gifts of Joy” for the first time this year at four of CapitaCommercial Trust’s office buildings with the aim of bringing joy to the less privileged children. Through this tenant engagement initiative, we wish to encourage our tenants to join us in this charitable act. We also hope to inculcate in our staff the heart of service through the wrapping and delivery of the gifts to the beneficiaries. The good response from the tenants has spurred us to make "Gifts of Joy" an annual event on our calendar and at more of our office buildings.”
The beneficiaries welcomed this move by the Manager of CCT to collect and deliver the Christmas presents to their children. Mr Amargid Singh, Programme Executive (Volunteer & Philanthropy), Melrose Home, said, “With CapitaCommercial Trust’s initiative, our children will still have the opportunity to experience the joy of Christmas. Coming from dysfunctional families, celebrating festive seasons in their own homes is not a norm. Thanks for bringing some cheer into the lives of our children and the gifts have certainly brought on many smiles. From all of us at the Children’s Aid Society’s Melrose Home – A big thank you!”
Likewise, Ms Jennifer Lim, Chief Executive Officer of IJHCC said, “During the festive season, it is all too easy to get caught up with the celebrations and merry-making. It is heartening to know that people still spare a thought for the underprivileged children in our society. We hope these children will remember the generosity shown to them and pay it forward.”
The charity drive would not have been possible without the strong support of tenants who had contributed generously. Ms Linda Ho, an Assistant Manager of Standard Merchant Bank (Asia) Limited, who had made a few gift donations at One George Street said, “This is a brilliant initiative. You can imagine how the children’s eyes sparkle and their faces light up each time they receive a gift. This is what I saw in my daughter whenever she receives gifts, so I know the joy it will bring to these underprivileged children, especially during the Christmas season.” She added that she would participate in this charity drive again and involve her daughter as well.
Ms Jamie Tay, a Fixed Income Product Specialist at Amundi Singapore Limited even encouraged her colleagues to participate in the charity drive. Ms Tay, whose office is at Capital Tower, had together with her family, donated a total of 10 gifts, ranging from toy musical instruments, card games, beads to toy cars. She said, “Not every child in Singapore has access to the same resources, and we can all chip in to create warm and fun childhood experiences for the less privileged. The charity drive is also a timely reminder for us to take stock of our blessings and donate to someone in greater need. I also encouraged several of my colleagues to contribute to this initiative.”
Meanwhile, staff like Ms Marilyn Lee, a Senior Finance Executive at CCTML made time to assist with the arrangement and delivery of the gifts to the beneficiaries. Ms Lee shared, “I’m glad that our company provided this platform for us and tenants alike to do something meaningful for the children. It was also a good way to bond with my colleagues. ”
With such positive response from the tenants and staff volunteers, CCT will extend this charity drive to more of its office buildings and provide the platform for more tenants to do their part for underprivileged children.