Giving back to the community

Volunteers from Keppel Land (Vietnam) had a joyous get-together with the underprivileged children from Vinh Son Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City

Volunteers from Keppel Land (Vietnam) had a joyous get-together with the underprivileged children from Vinh Son Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City

SUPPORT FOR CHIDREN

To mark Keppel Land (Vietnam)’s official adoption of Vinh Son Primary School in April 2015,  members of the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee visited the school on 22 April 2015 to pledge its continuous support.

Vinh Son Primary School, located in District 7 of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam, is an institution catering to children from low-income migrant families. Founded and managed by Ms Lam Thuy Hoang Oanh, who converted her home into a safe haven for the less fortunate, the school currently has about 100 students in the first to fifth grades.

Keppel Land (Vietnam) has pledged to provide the school with a bottle of milk a day for each student,178 sets of school uniforms, 89 backpacks, a personal computer, a 24-inch television with TV rack, a DVD player, government text books, as well as a shelf of books donated by employees. The Company will also sponsor the school’s utility bills from April to December 2015.

Thanking the Company for its generosity, Ms Oanh said, “The care of Keppel Land gives me  motivation to continue this good cause. The children were delighted to meet the volunteers from Keppel Land when they came to visit.”

 

CHEER TO THE ELDERY

Meanwhile in Shanghai, volunteers from Keppel Land China visited the elderly residents of Changning District 2nd Welfare Institution on 29 April 2015.

To bring cheer to the elderly, the volunteers put up performances and presented them with gifts of clothes, fruit baskets and delicious treats.

Mr Patrick Lim, CFO of Keppel Land China, shared, “It was a joyful reunion as most of the elderly residents recognised us from our first visit last year. They kept telling us how happy they were to see us again. This has definitely strengthened our belief in continuing to spread goodwill and give back to society.”

Volunteers from Keppel Thai Properties laying the stone foundation for a check dam in the Khao Yai National Park

Volunteers from Keppel Thai Properties laying the stone foundation for a check dam in the Khao Yai National Park

CARE FOR NATURE

On 5 June 2015, Keppel Thai Properties worked with Chet Khot- Pong Kon Sao Nature Study Centre located within the Khao Yai National Park in Saraburi province, Thailand, to build check dams and salt licks in the national park.

Check dams will help to prevent soil erosion in the area, which is highly prone to floods during the rainy season while the salt licks will benefit wildlife by preserving minerals on the forest floor that wild animals depend on for nutrients.

Sixty employees, including their President, Mr Oh Lock Soon, participated in the dam construction.

While it may have been tiring work for some, the activity brought the volunteers closer to nature and allowed them to enhance their appreciation for the environment.

Ms Panicha Piromrak, Senior Marketing and Sales Officer, Keppel Thai Properties, shared, “I have never done anything like this before. I am glad I had the chance to create a direct impact on the preservation of the ecosystem.”

 

FUN WITH YOUTHS

A total of 64 Keppel REIT employees, children, parents, caregivers and staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) (MDAS) had an exhilarating time on 17 June 2015 as they experienced art coming to life at the Alive Museum.

The day started with interactive games which saw the active participation of the children from MDAS and Keppel REIT volunteers.

This was followed by a hearty buffet lunch where everyone bonded over good food and laughter, before the much anticipated visit to the museum.

New friendships were forged as everyone enjoyed hours of fun interacting with art exhibits created using three-dimensional painting, shading and drawing techniques. Ten-year-old Muhd Hirwantor shared excitedly at the end of the day, “This is my first time to the Alive Museum and it is so much fun! My new friends from Keppel and I were laughing as we posed for photos at the various art exhibits.”