Marina Bay Sands is laying finishing touches to its second annual Sands for Singapore Festival slated to take place from August 3-1, 2014. Themed â€˜Inspire the Futureâ€™, the festival packs three days of non-stop fundraising activities across the property with an aim to inspire the spirit of giving back.
Set on a larger scale this year, the Sands for Singapore Festival will support the fundraising efforts of different Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) and causes that reach out to thousands of beneficiaries, as per a release. They include Art Outreach Singapore, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), Community Chest, Singapore Association for the Deaf, as well as causes such as The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
George Tanasijevich, CEO and President, Marina Bay Sands, said, â€œMarina Bay Sands’ mission to give back to the Singapore community has never been stronger, hence the creativity and scale of the Sands for Singapore Festival this year is even bigger. Together with our partners, we aim to not just meet, but hopefully exceed the fundraising efforts of the many different organisations we are supporting, as well as inspire corporate and individuals to lend their hand to make this a reality.â€�
Last year, Marina Bay Sands raised over SGD 3.6 million for charities during the inaugural Sands for Singapore Festival, with staff volunteering a total of 1,416 man hours.
This year, a series of activities involving more than ten community partners, close to 50 retailers and local artists, 23 celebrities and more than 500 Marina Bay Sands team members will take place across the property throughout the Festival weekend.
Further, to deepen its engagement with the community and motivate more team members to donate their time and skills, Marina Bay Sands will invite its beneficiaries to experience its attractions, customised educational tours as well as skill-based workshops in the week leading up to the Festival.
Invited beneficiaries include Student Care Service, Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA), Dyslexia Association of Singapore and The Rice Company.
Students from Metta School will also have an exclusive opportunity to experience a customised hospitality workshop delivered by the housekeeping department at Marina Bay Sands.
Over 500 Marina Bay Sands team members, including senior management, will take on an active role before and during the Festival as event volunteers,ushers, coaches and instructors for educational tours.
Throughout the three-day festival, the public can participate in the many activities at Marina Bay Sands while doing their part for charity. The skating rink will be transformed into a giant interactive playground for children and families with Tangle. Part visual arts installation, part performance and part playground, Tangle allows its participants to create their own artwork in a public space by weaving colourful elastic around slender golden poles.
Guests can also enjoy free entertainment such as Spheres by Strange Fruit, a new show that takes a whimsical look at the creation of life through the eyes of four archetypical characters. It will perform exclusively at the Event Plaza on August 1 and 2 at night.
At the new Sands for Singapore Inspiration Centre, guests can donate any amount for an opportunity to light a LED bulb to create a fully-lit map of Singapore.
Marina Bay Sands" Sands for Singapore Festival 2014 to be held from Aug 1-3