Singapore – Over 1-3 August, the spirit of giving was celebrated at Sands for Singapore Festival when generous corporates and individuals rallied with Marina Bay Sands to raise of over S$3.8 million to benefit more than 80 charities and 300,000 Singaporeans.
Funds raised benefits charity partners including Art Outreach Singapore, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), Community Chest, Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, The Business Times (BT) Budding Artists Fund and the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf).
With the theme “Inspire the Future”, the charity weekend featured an exciting lineup of events and activities spanning the entire property, encouraging others to do good with Marina Bay Sands. Big-hearted corporates dined for a good cause at several charity dinners – the APSN Gala Dinner, the BT Dream Ball and the first-ever Celebrity Chef Dine Around – while benevolent individuals bidded generously in the auctions of The Art of Shopping and Celebrities Give Back to Singapore. Hotel guests and visitors also did their part for charity while visiting the Marina Bay Sands’ attractions where the weekend’s takings from the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, ArtScience Museum, sampan rides and Skating Rink were donated to charity too.
￼Going beyond organising charitable events to inspire corporates and the public, Marina Bay Sands also spurred more than 590 team members to volunteer and host children and youth on property, through customised tours and educational workshops in 11 staff-led activities. For example, 21 hospitality students from Metta School went through a housekeeping workshop tailored for them, learning the high standards of service at Marina Bay Sands from its Housekeeping team.
“The trip was fun because we learnt many things such as folding and planting tips. During our Heart-of-House tour, I also learnt that there are 18 conveyor belts holding 620 sets of uniforms each in Marina Bay Sands’ Uniform Room. It was really interesting and I hope to be able to work at Marina Bay Sands in the future,” said Terence Teo Xun Hao, 20 years old.
Gearing up for Singapore’s 49th birthday, the integrated resort also worked with the National Day Parade (NDP) Active Participation committee to host 22 children from Children’s Cancer Foundation to a very special treat – up-close viewing of the fly-past and fireworks from the Sands SkyPark Observation deck. The integrated resort will also be hosting another group of children on Singapore’s actual birthday on 9th August.
￼Mr George Tanasijevich, Chief Executive Officer and President of Marina Bay Sands said, “Sands for Singapore Festival is not just about raising funds, it is also about creating experiences to inspire the next generation. Through opportunities like Art Path tours, hospitality workshops or enjoying the exhibitions at ArtScience Museum, we hope that the warmth, enthusiasm and expertise of our volunteers have left an indelible memory on the young beneficiaries such that they too, in time to come, can be inspired to share the experiences and knowledge to others.”
Highlights of Sands for Singapore Festival
Marina Bay Sands staged a slew of vibrant and fun activities for visitors over the charity weekend. The skating rink was transformed into a giant interactive playground for children and families with Tangle, a part visual arts installation, part performance and part playground. Spheres, a show by Strange Fruit fascinated both young and the young-at-heart, while the roving Christof!!, a virtuoso clown described as ‘Charlie Chaplin meets Jim Carey’ entertained public of all ages with his quirky and endearing acts. Meanwhile, the Sands for Singapore Inspiration Centre gathered close to S$3,000 worth of cash donation over the three days from the public. A small LED light was given to every donor to light up a map of Singapore.
Sands for Singapore Festival raises record sum of over S$3.8 million for charities