Bringing Smiles to Faces through Art
Our annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities have always been for the benefit of children, and this year is no different. As advocates of learning through creativity, our team of 15 volunteers from our Corporate Office in Singapore put together an art jam session for 21 underprivileged children from the Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home (CSLMCH), just in time for Christmas on 11 December 2015.
Beyond the brush strokes and choice of colours, the 3-hour long session aims to engage the minds, inspire creativity and inculcate new skills in these children. Through painting, the team also saw an avenue for participants to convey thoughts and express feelings that were not easily conversed. Most importantly, the satisfaction of completing a painting of their own will greatly add to their self-confidence and belief.
A SGD$10,000 Ascott Educational Fund was also donated to provide educational materials and pay for tuition to help in the academic development of underprivileged children below 16 years old under the care of CSLMCH. During our year-end staff party, employees in Singapore raised an additional SGD$3590 by bidding for the art pieces hand painted by the children beneficiaries.
Mr Tony Soh, Chief Corporate Officer of The Ascott Limited, said: “The Ascott Educational Fund aims to support the academic needs of underprivileged children by equipping them with educational tools and resources, such as tuition and stationery, which are not readily available to them. It thus gives the disadvantaged children an equal chance to fulfill their potential and receive the education they deserve. Through this fund, Ascott hopes to make a difference by touching the lives of beneficiaries during the earlier stages of their development to create a positive effect that can be carried over to their adult lives as well as the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.”