CapitaLand donates S$300,000 to President’s Challenge 2017 as part of Singapore’s NS50 celebrations
#ChiongForCharity campaign received close to 90,000 public pledges to commemorate National Service and benefit underprivileged children
Singapore, 10 June 2017– CapitaLand’s #ChiongForCharity campaign – a call for the nation to give back to the community as they celebrate 50 years of National Service (NS50) – has been met with resounding support. Close to 90,000 public pledges to commemorate National Service were received during the Army Open House 2017 (AOH2017), and to mark the nation’s support for the campaign, CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF) is donating S$300,000 to benefit six children’s charities under President’s Challenge 2017 (PC2017).
The campaign culminated in a cheque presentation to PC2017, held at Westgate this morning alongside the AOH2017 @ Heartlands (Jurong East) event. Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore and Patron of President’s Challenge, received the S$300,000 cheque donation from the Board of CHF, represented by Directors Mr James Koh and Mr Lim Ming Yan. President Tony Tan Keng Yam also engaged with about 40 children beneficiaries from the six selected PC2017 charities and their caregivers, who were invited by CapitaLand to go on an exclusive tour of the AOH2017 exhibits at Westgate.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam said: “Glad that CapitaLand has continued its longstanding participation in the President’s Challenge with this meaningful campaign. This is a meaningful campaign to provide Singaporeans with an avenue to give back to the society while they commemorate the sacrifices and achievements made by our National Servicemen. I hope to see more corporations forging meaningful partnerships with the community to lend a helping hand to those in need.”
Mr Lim Ming Yan, President & Group CEO of CapitaLand Limited and Director of CHF, said: “National Service is a key institution that has not only contributed to our nation’s defence but has also been key in moulding a shared Singapore identity. CapitaLand is paying tribute to National Service’s role in community building by creating a platform for everyone to give back through supporting President’s Challenge 2017. Once again, we are heartened by the overwhelming support for CapitaLand’s efforts to help underprivileged children. From #100KHopeHours, #EatSnapGive to #ChiongForCharity, members of the public have actively participated in CapitaLand’s charity campaigns over the years. This strengthens CapitaLand’s resolve to continue setting the stage for our stakeholders to come together and build a more caring society.”
Visitors to the NS50 Showcase held at the F1 Pit Building from 24 to 29 May 2017 and the AOH2017 @ Heartlands (Punggol) showcase from 2 to 4 June 2017, earned a S$2 donation 2 from CHF for PC2017 with each pledge of support made for NS50 at the ‘Recognising our NSmen’ display.
All donations will go towards six charities under PC2017, namely CampusImpact; Dyslexia Association of Singapore; Focus on the Family Singapore; Morning Star Community Services; New Life Community Services; and TOUCH Community Services. More information on the charities can be found in the Annex. In addition, CapitaLand is providing in-kind sponsorship worth more than S$40,000 to PC2017 in the form of venue and media space at its properties.
CapitaLand has supported the President’s Challenge since 2008, donating S$2.2 million through CHF to benefit more than 30 children’s charities in Singapore. In 2016, CHF donated over S$2.4 million to benefit underprivileged children in Singapore and other countries where it operates, while staff in CapitaLand properties contributed more than 20,000 hours of service to the community.