Deloitte furthers their support to underprivileged youth in local communities
From education to the environment, 500 volunteers from Deloitte Singapore
Singapore, 30 August, 2013 – Today marked Deloitte Southeast Asia’s second IMPACT Day, an annual celebration of our corporate responsibility efforts to improve the well-being and quality of life of the community that we operate in.
United by the theme of "Youth & Education”, many of our nearly 6,000 people – in 22 office locations across Southeast Asia – took a day out of the office to contribute their time and talent for the benefit of our communities alongside educators and non-profit leaders.
Highlighting the importance of IMPACT Day to the community and our people, Mr Chaly Mah, Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Southeast Asia shared, “At Deloitte, creating real and measurable impact isn’t just a goal – it’s an imperative. We believe Deloitte has a powerful role to play in actively engaging the communities to make meaningful social impact. Through these activities during the IMPACT Day across Southeast Asia, our people at Deloitte continue to demonstrate our commitment to improve the lives of the people in our community.”
In Singapore, Deloitte continued its partnership with NorthLight School (NLS) for a second year, befriending and engaging academically-challenged youths to help develop their talent. 225 volunteers played the role of a mentor and friend where they spent the day out with the NLS students on two concurrent interactive learning journeys to Universal Studios Singapore and the newly opened River Safari. The field trips were conducted for over 600 students, where they can apply concepts learnt in the classroom in a fun and exciting environment.
“This year’s IMPACT Day, focused on ‘Making a lasting IMPACT’, has once again increased participation from our employees. Apart from Youth and Education activities, we provided a wide range of other activities including supporting the elderly, caring for the environment and befriending dialysis patients,” said Mr Philip Yuen, Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Singapore.
With the help of the South East Community Development Council (South East CDC), 151 volunteers spent the day at Tung Ling Elder Care located at Dakota Crescent. Another group of 102 volunteers also pursued environmental causes in two activities – maintaining the gardens and organic rooftop vegetable farm at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and joining the Waterways Watch Society to monitor, restore and protect the aesthetics of Singapore’s waterways in an environmental clean-up. Another 19 volunteers spent their time at the Tay Choon Hye-NKF Dialysis Centre to befriend and engage the dialysis patients in mind-stimulating activities.
Elsewhere in the region, each Deloitte country practice also participated in various activities using their professional skills, expertise and financial contributions to make an impact on their selected beneficiaries.
In neighbouring Malaysia, our Deloitte volunteers worked with 14 beneficiaries in Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Melaka and Penang. The activities planned will benefit children and youth from local orphanages, homes for the disabled as well as the poor. A full day of meaningful and fun activities was planned for both the children and volunteers, which included fundraising activities, general clean up and maintenance work of the homes and educational lessons.
Over in Indonesia, more than 300 volunteers worked together with selected foundations that support the less fortunate children and youth in Jabodetabek, the urban area surrounding Jakarta, where they built a library for the students as well as helped to refurbish the school’s run-down facilities. They also arranged for health care professionals to carry out health and dental check-ups for underprivileged children.
In Thailand, Deloitte volunteers will dedicate an entire week, from 30 August to 5 September, to raise funds to build two additional classrooms for the Baan Nong Bor School, an elementary school that provides education to both able-bodied and disabled students, in the Nong Khai Province. The volunteers will also travel to the school to help add finishing touches to the final construction of the school. The additional classrooms and facilities will provide students a better learning environment and enhance their academic and personal development.
In the Philippines, Deloitte volunteers arranged a special learning trip to Mind Museum for 30 disadvantaged students from the World Vision child sponsorship programme and the ‘He Cares Foundation’ project that will promote and inspire their understanding of science. A special event was also organised to raise funds to help support the ongoing and future projects of Deloitte Philippines Outreach, Inc – the practice’s corporate responsibility arm.
For Deloitte Guam, volunteers helped the Vicente S.A. Benavente Middle School to address the much-needed maintenance of school grounds and facilities.
In Deloitte Vietnam, volunteers from the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh offices collected rubbish and cleaned the beaches on Phu Quoc Island. In addition, Deloitte Vietnam will launch a fund-raising program for charity and to support their cause towards “the Environment and Sea Islands”.
Deloitte’s IMPACT Day is the cornerstone of our longstanding commitment to contributing back to the communities that we work and live in. Our corporate responsibility efforts go far beyond IMPACT Day as our people are actively engaged in year-round initiatives including fundraising activities, providing pro-bono services, sponsorships, and other means of skills-based volunteerism that support innovation in education and skills for underserved young people.
|Guiding the students of NLS on a mathematical learning trail||NLS students on their first visit to River Safari||River Safari visit with NLS principal Martin Tan (centre) and Deloitte Singapore CEO Philip Yuen (left)|
|Deloitte volunteers joined the Waterways Watch Society||Maintaining the garden and
organic vegetable farm at the
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
|Deloitte Southeast Asia CEO Chaly Mah (centre) led a group of volunteers to visit the Tay Choon Hye-NKF Dialysis Centre|
|House visits to the elderly residents at Dakota Crescent||Entertaining elderly residents from Dakota Crescent and providing lunch|