Support for Communities Affected by COVID-19
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, CapitaLand has moved swiftly to support efforts in fighting against this virus. Guided by our credo, ‘Building People. Building Communities.’, CapitaLand’s dedication towards building a more caring and inclusive community remains unwavering. CapitaLand Hope Foundation has also increased our support to ensure that the affected communities receive the much-needed help.
With the evolving needs in the community, CapitaLand also increased our support for critical services. Our main areas of support include:
More than S$1.9 million has been committed to support the vulnerable community affected by COVID-19 in Singapore. The donations help fund various services and items, including meals, daily necessities, smart communication devices and personal protection equipment for the elderly, children and community care staff.
Support for Children with Special Needs
As schools reopened in Phase 2, CapitaLand worked with Yellow Ribbon Project for the #CareKitWithLove project to sew 1,400 mask pouches for students with special needs from Rainbow Centre, and got volunteers to conduct virtual art sessions so the students can customise their pouches. We also reached out to our staff and tenants to raise over S$58,000 for Rainbow Centre through Gifts of Joy – The Essentials Edition, providing financial assistance to students and their families during this difficult time.
CapitaLand #LoveOurSeniors Initiative
In partnership with Community Foundation of Singapore’s Sayang Sayang Fund, S$700,000 has been contributed to the Agency for Integrated Care for an emergency fund to support community care providers with personal protection equipment, disinfection of the premises if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, as well as support for affected staff, elderly and their family members.
The contribution will also go towards a preparedness fund to keep the vulnerable elderly engaged and safe in the community as well as appreciate the hard work and dedication of community care staff during this challenging time.
CapitaLand has also been working closely with Alzheimer's Disease Association (ADA) to improve digital access for vulnerable seniors and keep them meaningfully engaged with the community. As seniors from the ADA were unable to attend their usual social activities in the centres, we donated 40 new tablets to be loaned out to seniors, 18 refurbished laptops for their staff and centres’ use, and provided virtual engagement sessions conducted by staff volunteers. CapitaLand Hope Foundation also supported their ‘Nagomi Art Workshop Marathon’ by donating S$20 for every registration.
“The exercise movements and songs remind me of my younger days, very nice!” -Ms Lim Swee Har, ADA client
CapitaLand #MealOnMe Initiative
In partnership with The Food Bank Singapore, ‘CapitaLand #MealOnMe’ aims to provide more than 38,000 meals to the elderly, children from low-income families and community care staff with S$350,000 worth of funding.
CapitaLand malls’ F&B tenants including ABR Holdings, Creative Eateries Group, Katrina Group and The Minor Food Group have also come onboard with us to do good together.
CapitaStar members also played a part by donating 5,000 STAR$® via the CapitaStar mobile app to treat a vulnerable elderly, underprivileged child or community care staff with a meal. CapitaLand Hope Foundation matched each donation dollar-for-dollar. This campaign started running from 23 April 2020 and all 5,000 eDeals have been fully redeemed.
Find out more about this initiative here.
The Courage Fund
CapitaLand was the first corporate in Singapore to pledge support for the community in the fight against COVID-19 by donating S$300,000 to The Courage Fund. Managed by Community Chest, the fundraising and engagement arm of the National Council of Social Service, it aims to support and provide relief to healthcare workers and individuals affected by the COVID-19 situation. For more information on The Courage Fund, please click here.
CapitaLand-U Care Resilience and Enablement (CAP+Ure) Fund
In March 2020, support was extended to children of National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) union workers impacted by COVID-19 through CapitaLand-U Care Resilience and Enablement (CAP+Ure) Fund. The S$500,000 fund that was rolled out end 2019 will provide for the children’s nutritional and educational needs.
Immediate Assistance to Senior Homes
CapitaLand Hope Foundation has responded swiftly to support the immediate needs of the residents and community care staff from senior homes.
Since early April 2020, we have delivered more than 300 meals to AWWA Community Home for Senior Citizens (AWWA) and Apex Harmony Lodge. Three fridges have also been donated to Apex Harmony Lodge to help them cope with operating split zones as safe distancing measures are put in place to protect the elderly. Air coolers, air purifiers and tablets will also be delivered to help the home cope with the circuit breaker measures. In addition, the home will also be receiving 560 packs of 5kg Brilliance Fragrance 43°N Rice, a product by CapitaLand’s Sino-Singapore Jilin Food Zone.
CapitaLand Hope Foundation worked in partnership with Agency for Integrated Care and The Ascott Limited (Ascott), CapitaLand’s lodging unity, to provide complimentary accommodation for care staff of Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home, who were displaced from their homes by their landlords amidst the COVID-19 situation.
"We were at a loss when our landlords expressed their concerns, leaving us to find alternative accommodation overnight. We appreciate our management and CapitaLand in assisting and providing us a safe haven within such short notice. In these difficult times of uncertainties, education and communication of healthcare measures are important. I hope that the community comes together in solidarity to get through this together. Thank you for providing us shelter in this difficult time."
- Staff Representative, Senior Staff Nurse Sandar Swe, Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home.
Temasek #BYOBclean Initiative
From 23 March to 27 March 2020, CapitaLand supported Temasek Foundation’s Stay Prepared initiative by rallying staff volunteers to distribute free hand sanitiser to the Singapore community at 16 CapitaLand malls. CapitaLand staff volunteers put in about 6,000 hours towards the initiative.
CapitaLand Hope Foundation set up a healthcare fund – 【为明天·为健康】公益基金 on 27 January 2020 with RMB10 million seed funding from CapitaLand Group in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in China. Administered by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), the fund goes towards supporting nationwide medical and healthcare related efforts in China’s fight against COVID-19 during relief and recovery stages.
The first phase of the fund was disbursed to support immediate intervention such as the procurement of critical medical supplies. To date, 60,000 surgical masks, 375,000 pairs of medical gloves, 12,600 medical protective clothing, 500 barrels of disinfectant, 52 ventilators, five negative pressure ambulances, among other medical supplies have been dispatched to over 15 hospitals in Hubei, Chongqing and Guangzhou.
Post-emergency, the fund will now support nationwide healthcare and rehabilitation efforts in China.
For the latest updates on our efforts in China, follow our 为明天 WeChat by scanning the QR code below.
CapitaLand Hope Foundation in India has donated INR 5.7 million (S$108,000) to support local communities affected by COVID-19. Since 4 April 2020, 100,000 surgical masks were dispatched to a relief hospital set up by Gadag Institute of Medical Sciences through the Ministry of Health in the state of Karnataka.
Another 9,000 N95 masks and 1,000 personal protective equipment were delivered to Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation through the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation in Chennai. Donations were also made to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to daily-wage workers affected by COVID-19 in the state.
Face masks, hand sanitisers and thermal scanners were provided to the Government Hospital K R Puram and the police department in the Whitefield neighbourhood where our International Tech Park Bangalore is situated. In addition, 500 COVID-19 tests will also be sponsored for the policemen in the Whitefield area.
Donation of Test Kits
In support of the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, CapitaLand donated US$ 1 million worth of COVID-19 test kits to the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC), a government agency that oversees the country’s social programmes, and Vietnam Ministry of Health in April 2020. The kits, which can perform 40,000 tests, will be delivered to testing centres across Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
CapitaLand Hope Foundation has contributed to the initiative with a donation to support 7,500 tests at the National Pediatric Hospital in Hanoi.
Support for our Hope Schools
CapitaLand, through CapitaLand Hope Foundation, and The Ascott Limited 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.
About MYR 212,000 (about S$70,0006) worth of surgical masks, hand sanitisers and groceries will be distributed in Klang Valley, Kuantan, Penang and Johor. The donation will assist about 4,000 beneficiaries across 80 orphanages as well as 300 needy families and their children impacted by the movement control order in Malaysia.
The orphanages and homes were very appreciative of this much needed support. Here is what some of them have to say.
Thank you letter from Rapha Children's Home:
RM Home wishes to express our heartfelt appreciation for the donation extended to the home and for the needy children by your company East Coast Mall (ECM) , the children of the home will always have ECM close to their hearts as the donation goes a long way to help the kids and once again we thank u and your staff for the good deed . Thanks
-RM Caring Home
We take this opportunity to thank you and your group from the bottom of our hearts for your Donate us Groceries Items and Sanitizer& Face mask to our PKYMS Home Children's.
We hope and trust that you would remember us and our needs in the future as well.
Our Chairman, Dr. M. Rajan wishes to record a ‘word of thanks’ to you for support our PKYMS Welfare Organization.
We wish you well in your undertakings and Endeavour. It’s because of kind hearted people such as good selves that we are able to help the underprivileged citizens of our country.
Thank you & Best Regards,
Pertubuhan Kebajikan Yesuvin Mahligai (YM) Selangor
The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) partnered Capitaland and 18 other companies to donate 100,000 KN95 masks and five tonnes of hand sanitisers to the Johor State Government to support Johor’s frontline healthcare workers and their ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 3 June 2020, the items were officially handed over by EDB Chairman Dr Beh Swan Gin, to Menteri Besar of Johor, YAB Datuk Haji Hasni bin Mohammad, via a virtual handover ceremony, witnessed by Chargé d’affaires of the High Commission of Malaysia, Singapore, Muhammad Radzi Jamaludin, as well as Mr Tan Yew Chin, CEO, Business Parks and Commercial, CapitaLand Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, and other representatives from the contributing companies.
In Japan, CapitaLand has donated 15,000 surgical masks to support vulnerable communities affected by COVID-19. Our lodging arm, The Ascott Limited, contributed 9,000 masks to 11 infant care centres in Tokyo while CapitaLand’s retail operations have donated 3,000 masks to an orphanage near Vivit Minami-Funabashi Mall and 3,000 masks to the Sumida ward office where Olinas Mall is located, to help those in need in the community.
In April 2020, CapitaLand Hope Foundation pledged a total of US$200,000 through Ascott’s #StayHomeWithAscott campaign to Save the Children’s food security and assistance programmes. This contribution will go towards supporting about 12,000 underprivileged children impacted by COVID-19 pandemic globally.
The #StayHomeWithAscott campaign aims to rally the global community to curb the spread of COVID-19 by staying home. From 20 April to 31 May, the global community shared photos or videos of their culinary adventures or creations in their home kitchens through Instagram. With every Instagram post shared with the hashtag #StayHomeWithAscott, CapitaLand Hope Foundation donated US$10 to Save the Children, which goes towards providing food for a child over 20 days.
Selected entries from participants will be featured on Ascott’s official Instagram page @ascott_ltd. Find out more about this campaign here.
Related News and Articles