On 11th September 2019, Creative Eateries had the pleasures of joining Marymount Center – set up to reach out to vulnerable women and children – for a day of fun-filled activities with children aged 7 to 14, starting with a scrumptious meal at Suki-Ya SAFRA Toa Payoh.
While the children waited for the food to be ready, they were greeted with a special appearance of Suki-Ya’s favourite pal, Suki-San, who went around distributing hugs. The children were initially very cheeky trying to take a peek under Suki-San’s suit to see who was underneath it. But after the initial excitement wore off, they became the sweetest children, asking for more hugs from Suki-San.
After the meet-and-greet session, it was time to dig in to a hearty meal! Once that was over, it meant fun-time was about to begin with bowling! We took up 2 pairs of lanes where some of the volunteers participated with the children, and guided them along. It a day filled with euphoria for the children as they can been happily dancing off the lanes, while trying their hardest to strike on the lanes.
After the bowling session concluded, everyone came together to take a shoe-fie (Shoe Selfie) as we are not allowed to post any photos of the children for their well-being, but it only made the shot more fun and enjoyable for everyone.
Once that was done, some of the children left with their caregivers and we started packing up. As we were doing so, the remaining children got together to sing a thank you songs for all the staff of Creative Eateries, and even presented handmade cards!
Take a look at the cards presented to us.
It was definitely a very fulfilling day out with these children and the volunteers at Marymount Center, and we wish all the best to the children who were there with us!
Now let’s hear what our volunteers had to say!
“It was very rewarding spending time and interacting with the children, seeing the fun side of them. While these children may have had a harder time growing up than everyone else, they definitely did not let it diminish the light inside of them! Instead you can see that it makes them want to achieve even more and do better. It really makes you appreciate the smaller things in life.
But definitely, the highlight of the entire event would be when we were handed the handmade cards which warmed my heart greatly.”
– Enseilia (Marketing Executive)
“This CSR for Marymount was my first ever CSR event. I found the whole experience highly meaningful and extremely rewarding. I was so glad to see the kids enjoying themselves with what we had planned out for them.
It started with a buffet lunch at Sukiya. For many of the kids, this was their first time experiencing hot pot. We sat down with them to help and guide them, as they do not know how to tell whether the meat was thoroughly cooked or not. By sitting down and talking to them, I’ve come to learn a lot more about them. Even though they had a tough start in life, they still looked at the world with a positive light. They still had big dreams and ambitions that they want to fulfil. In turn, I came to the realisation that it’s not about the situations that we end up in that determines our future. It’s how we react to them.
After lunch, we took the kids bowling. That was when they really loosened up and let themselves have fun. I was glad to see them enjoy themselves. You can tell the kids still had a lot of love to give, despite everything they went through. Even though this CSR was for the kids, I felt that I had taken back many learning points. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I would not hesitate to do another one.”
– Natasha (Human Resource Executive)
“When we first met the children, I was slightly concerned as they looked very timid and withdrawn. However, through the activities of the day, they slowly opened up to us and could relax and feel at ease with us. Through that, they were able to fully enjoy their lunch and bowling session while being themselves. It’s truly a heart-warming experience, being able to put a smile on their faces.”
– Mifie (Human Resource Manager)
“Volunteering with Children’s is a highly rewarding experience it brings you face-to-face with precious moments and offers you a variety of jobs to do. The contribution of our volunteers is invaluable. Help families to cope, and support parents, carers and children on an emotional and at times uncertain journey. These activities creates reassurance and brings laughter into the children’s world and make traumatic procedures more bearable.”
– Aileen (Operations Manager)
“I think being a part of CSR has been a great privilege as it was fun and refreshing to spend time with these children. It was a wonderful experience and I am glad to have had this great chance to participate in such a meaningful and valuable activity, and put a smile on these children’s faces.”
– Kah Li (Senior Restaurant Manager)
“I had a fun time volunteering for this CSR. However, it’s hard to believe that in this age, there are still parents who are violent towards their children, or neglects them. I felt a pang of sadness learning that at such a young age, these children have already experienced domestic violence. But luckily, we have the opportunity to join Marymount center and get in touch with this group of kids, and give our warmest care to them. Through this, they are able to at least feel that they are indeed cared for and loved by society.
I hope with whatever little bit we could do for them, they feel better mentally and physically, as well as grow healthier and stronger.”
– Ting Hoei (Restaurant Manager)