Children Are Our Hope For The Future
s our prominent initiative, "Children Are Our Hope For The Future" entered its ninth year since its launch in 2007, we were purposeful in our efforts to reach out to the underprivileged children through helping to improve their living standard and raise the quality of their
life. This year, Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore worked with Marine Parade Citizens Consultative Committee to organise meaningful annual corporate social responsibility events.
As part of our charity efforts under the framework of this initiative, our Executive Chairman cum Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Teo Hong Lim led our annual car wash fund-raising event on 6 May 2016. Prominently located along the hotel driveway we washed a total of 120 vehicles and raised a sum of S$123,000. Thanks to the big-hearted support of our business associates and the general public. Concurrently, Mr Edwin Tong, Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC made an appearance as our Guest-of-Honour.
During the year, we also held our annual "Children Are Our Hope For The Future" dinner gathering on 28 July 2016 with Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong as our Guest-of-Honour.
Alongside this charity event, the Group also topped up S$25,000 to the Roxy Children's Fund, which is managed by the South East CDC. Together with this amount, our community engagement programme for 2016 saw S$3,000 of the total donation go towards Swiss Cottage
Secondary School for their students to voluntarily assist in the dinner. Additionally, 145 students from six other schools also received vouchers of S$300 each, while 15 Nanyang Polytechnic students and two students in the Marine Parade precinct were awarded S$1,000 individually to assist them in their learning journey. Overall, the fund gave out S$88,500 to assist students from various institutions.
On 24 June 2016, we proceeded with our yearly Iftar (Breaking of Fast) activity, which was organised to offer support to the beneficiaries of the Jamiyah Children Home, in the month of Ramadan. The event involved accompanying children from the home to break fast and have dinner together. In line with the practice of other years, we handed out a donation of S$5,000 to the home, while presenting the children with a S$10 Zakat each, so as to brighten up their festive mood. We were honoured to have Mr Tan Chuan Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development preside over the event to lend importance to it.
Subsequently, on 30 June 2016, we held our second Iftar event for the beneficiaries of Montfort Care. For this event, we brought 19 senior citizens on a Hari Raya shopping trip to the vibrant Geylang Serai. The elderly were each given a Zakat of S$50 each to spend at the outing.
Apart from helping underprivileged children with their education and daily expenses, the Group also did not forget to infuse some joy and glee into their lives. As part of our annual September holiday activity, we treated 248 children and families from Montfort Care to the highly anticipated "The Secret Life of Pets" animation movie matinee at I12 Katong on 8 September 2016.
Mdm Ruth Cheng Fong Leng, PBM District Councillor of South East CDC receiving the donation cheque on behalf of the Roxy Children Fund from Mr Teo Hong Lim, Chairman and CEO of Roxy-Pacific Holdings Limited as witnessed by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.
Children from St Hilda's Kindergarten performed alongside the Executive Directors' spouses during the Roxy Foundation Chinese New Year lunch.
Mr Klaus Gottschalk and Mr Samuel Ng posing together with families residing at Marine Parade during the "The Magic of Christmas" event.
Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore staffs taking part in the Football with a Heart event.
Mr Koh Seng Geok, Executive Director of Roxy Pacific Holdings participating in the charity car wash activity.
Mr Klaus Gottschalk, General Manager of Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore participating in the charity car wash activity.
This year, we continued our past tradition of hosting a Christmas party for the associates of Montfort Care for the fifth year running. The jubilant celebration took place on 15 December 2016 and was themed "The Magic of Christmas". Hosted by Mr Teo Hong Lim, our Executive Chairman cum CEO, the event welcomed a number of distinguished guests, including Guest-of-Honour Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong. The party proved to be a highly entertaining affair and all our guests of 51 families, comprising 20 senior citizens had a pleasant and enjoyable time immersing themselves in the celebration programme put up by the talented Montfort Care members. Gifts of hampers worth S$80 and S$40 were also handed out to families and senior citizens respectively.
This year also marked the first time we took part in the "Football With A Heart" charity event coordinated by Tote Board held on 21 May 2016 at the National Stadium. We not only participated in the event by gamely playing on the field but also donated S$5,000 as a Silver Team
corporate donor. The funds raised were distributed amongst nine beneficiaries, namely CARE United, DaySpring, Disabled People's Association, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, O'Joy Care Services, President's Challenge, Sparkle Care, SportCares Foundation and WE CARE Community Services Limited.