Corporate Social Responsibility
Reaching Out to Warm Hearts and Lives
Here’s a look at how the act of giving and volunteerism has become a part of the company’s culture:
This year, City Gas pledged a new initiative to support lower income households with a safer kitchen environment. With “Warming Hearts, in the Heartlands” as the designated theme for this initiative, lower income households had their old gas hobs replaced with the City Gas gas hob with timer control.
The new gas hob is designed with safety features such as a built-in digital timer control, which is especially beneficial for the elderly who may forget to turn off their gas hobs during cooking. During Giving Week 2016, City Gas staff volunteers spread cheer to these beneficiaries by paying them a visit to deliver food hampers containing pantry food and essential cooking ingredients such as rice, oil, salt and sugar.
Remarked Mdm Er, one of our happy beneficiaries, “We are now able to cook our meals instead of having to purchase cooked food. I like how the City Gas gas hob with timer control is easy to operate. Usually I set the timer to about 10 minutes to cook my fish to perfection. I am happy that I no longer have to worry about forgetting to switch off the gas hob. Nonetheless, I would still check my gas hob to ensure that it is switched off before leaving my home.
On 15 September 2016, City Gas staff volunteers spent an enriching afternoon with about 50 residents from St Andrew’s Nursing Home.
Led by City Gas staff volunteers and Sri Warisan, a performing arts company, residents from St. Andrew’s Nursing Home had a fun time learning to play the angklung for the very first time!
Music is a useful tool to allow residents to relax, de-stress, and bond with one another. Besides having fun playing the musical instrument, residents also sang harmoniously to two popular Malay folk songs – “Rasa Sayang” and “Burung Kakak Tua”. As sounds of the melodious voices echoed in the activity room, a few residents even volunteered to sing a few of their favourite songs to showcase their enthusiasm and excitement.
City Gas is happy to be able to spend an afternoon volunteering for a meaningful cause.
More than 10 staff signed up for the City Gas’ annual blood donation drive at Bloodbank@Woodlands on 4 March 2016. Among them were four first-time donors who bravely overcame their fear of needles. Although a few staff donors were found not eligible to donate during the medical screening process, nine units of blood were successfully collected with a potential of saving up to 27 lives.
Overall, staff donors felt satisfied that they were able to contribute in a meaningful way, and make a difference in the lives of those who are truly in need. Taking no notice of the clinical backdrop, staff donors also had the opportunity to catch up with colleagues from other departments over some light refreshments before resuming their normal activities.
Donating blood is a simple yet rewarding act of kindness, and we hope more will respond to calls for donation even in periods where there are no emergency appeals. City Gas is heartened to see the encouraging responses received from staff in support of this annually held event, done in collaboration with Red Cross Singapore.
On 4 December 2015, about 20 residents from Jamiyah Children’s Home participated in a fondant cupcake decorating workshop organised by City Gas.
Ranging between the age of seven to 14 years old, each resident was paired with a volunteer from City Gas for a two-hour workshop, which kick-started with a couple of ice-breaker games. Although slightly shy and apprehensive at the start, the children were quick to warm up to their partners.
Working closely together as a team, participants pressed, rolled and moulded colourful fondants into 3D bear figurines under the guidance of an instructor.
With their creative hats on, a majority put their own personal spin to the basic design. Some of these personalised designs included flowers, cats, snowman, and even a mouse!
It was with great pleasure that City Gas hosted senior residents from Jamiyah Home for the Aged, in collaboration with Esplanade, for Pesta Raya 2015.
The two-part engagement programme involved learning the angklung, a traditional musical instrument, and watching a theatre performance titled YUSOF, which traced the life of Singapore’s first head of state.
On 24 July, volunteers from City Gas and the elderly from Jamiyah had an amazing opportunity to learn about the history of angklung and perform Malay folk songs in a workshop conducted by Sri Warisan, a performing arts company founded by renowned cultural medallion recipient, Madam Som Said.
Although the workshop participants had no prior experience in playing the angklung, it did not deter them from doing their best to master the techniques.
The same group of volunteers and elderly met again for the second time on 14 August to enjoy a leisurely evening at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. The evening started with a dinner session where everyone was reacquainted once again with friends they made at the recent angklung workshop. It was a touching moment to see the residents smiling, conversing, and joking with the volunteers.
After dinner, the group was ushered to an outdoor rooftop area where they admired the beautiful Singapore skyline before entering the performing studio to catch the play.
On 14 May 2015, volunteers from City Gas spent a meaningful afternoon at the zoo with wheelchair-bound senior residents from Sree Narayanan Mission Home. It was a highly anticipated tour for the senior residents as they rarely had the opportunity to explore beyond the compound of their home due to their mobility challenges.
Despite the hot and humid weather, volunteers diligently pushed the wheel-chair bound senior residents to view the different animal exhibits. The group was lucky that the weather was good enough to permit them to catch the sea lion performance at the ‘Splash Safari’ show.
After lunch, the group resumed the tour and they later caught the ‘Rainforest Fight Back’ show, a entertaining segment featuring animals such as otters and spider monkeys.
The half-day tour ended with a Polariod photo-taking session at the main entrance before the senior residents and volunteers bade farewell to each other.
Sree Narayana Mission Home is a charitable organisation that looks after the welfare of the elderly. Affiliated to the National Council of Social Services (NCSS) and the Ministry of Health (MOH), the home looks after 400 residents including the aged and sick.
City Gas is honoured to be among the selected few corporate partners invited to take part in the Tulip Hearts Family Day 2015 on 25 April at Temasek Polytechnic.
Launched in 1996 by the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF), the event aims to celebrate the strength and courage of children who are battling against cancer and to remember those who have lost their fight. In line with this, the three main themes brought forward at this year’s event were Rejoice, Remember and Resilience.
As a corporate partner, City Gas adopted three game booths which were decorated and manned by cancer survivors and their family members. To help lighten their task, four volunteers from City Gas were present to lend a helping hand.
Aside from the game booths, some of the families and corporate volunteers participated in the relay games segment. It certainly warms the heart to see each team working together as a unit with a common goal.
The most moving segment was the event finale which began close to sunset. Titled “Light Up in Remembrance”, it started with a piano recital by a young cancer survivor who performed an original piece of music drawn from her own experience of overcoming the illness. Following this, a mother took centre stage and shared her personal story of losing her son to cancer.
As the sky began to darken, everyone came together for one final activity where they lit up paper lanterns with penned messages of encouragement going out to children who are still affected by cancer.
City Gas is grateful to be part of this intimate event which opened its door for the first time to CCF long-standing partners.
Organised in collaboration with Red Cross Society Singapore, the first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event of the year drew participation from various departments.
On 30 January 2015, blood donors were brought to Bloodbank@Woodlands where they bravely conquered their fear of needles in order to save three lives each.
After a fuss-free registration and a quick medical screening, participants were encouraged to drink an isotonic sport drink to keep them hydrated while waiting for their turn to donate blood. The actual withdrawal process took less than ten minutes, with 450ml of blood collected per donor.
The overall experience was a positive one for all. Not only did the participants felt good knowing that they had contributed to a worthwhile cause, they also had the opportunity to get better acquainted with colleagues from other departments.
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