More than 150 Colliers International staff in Singapore took a day off from work between 25 to 27 October 2016 to participate in the company’s social responsibility campaign—Out For Good. Out For Good empowers staff to make a positive contribution to their local communities by taking time to give back to the communities in which they live and work.
This year employees helped out at Willing Hearts, a 100% volunteer-based, non-affiliated charity that cooks and distributes 5,000 meals 365 days a year. Beneficiaries include the elderly, the disabled, low income families, children from single parent families or otherwise poverty stricken families, and migrant workers in Singapore.
Arriving in the early hours for the first session of each day, staff were split up into teams and briefed on the tasks ahead. Throughout each day and over three sessions, the scale of the operation and the amount of food that were to be cooked was felt immediately. Branching out, some washed and cooked bags of rice while others got cracking at tasks such as peeling and chopping vegetables, and packing food into boxes. Then there were those who expertly wielded metre-long spatulas as they cooked up dishes in giant frying woks.
Duncan White, head of Office Services, recounted, “Willing Hearts provides a fantastic service to those in need. I was blown away by the scale of the operation and how many people Willing Hearts are able to reach out to and help. It was a privilege to meet the people who make this happen and to have the opportunity to briefly work alongside them.”
Delivery of freshly cooked meals were taken care of by others who fanned out across the island distributing food, where they enjoyed an almost immediate return on their labour.
Rolingka Angelina and Mark Wang of Facilities Management reflected on their experience from delivering the meals, “It was an eye opener for us. We saw and understood how the elderly and less fortunate in Singapore survive on a daily basis. When we arrived at their doors, they were eagerly waiting to receive their food from us. This really warmed our hearts, knowing that our efforts made such an instantaneous difference in their lives.”
Not only did everyone leave with a rewarding and fulfilling experience, they had enjoyed the experience throughout.