On 6th August, Creative Eateries organized its first ever Corporate Social Responsibility event together with the ACE (Admiralty Community’s Experience) The Place Community Club under the People’s Association’s Project We Care.
Following that, Creative Eateries next supported the Project We Care Garden Party to serve children from low-income families, at-risk youths, children from welfare homes and special needs schools, amongst other beneficiaries. This was held on 27 November by the President himself, Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam and First Lady, Mrs Mary Tan on the Istana grounds, a treat for all volunteers and beneficiaries alike!
Creative Eateries supported by “adopting a bus,” setting up a food booth and also had our CEO participate in a fun segment of engagement with other Business Leaders.
For the first segment, “Adopt-a-Bus”, Ms Bernadette Wong led a team of volunteers from Creative Eateries HR Department to pick the beneficiaries up from the Community Club and to guide them throughout the day’s activities. It was a chance for our volunteers to get to know the beneficiaries from ACE The Place CC better.
For the Food Booth sponsored by Creative Eateries, Ms Bonnie Wong together with the catering team set up a station to serve one of our specialty dishes, “Devil’s Curry”. This dish is inspired by Asian and Portuguese culinary influences and received overwhelming response at the event. Curry is indeed the heart and soul of a Singapore’s culture, regardless of race, language and religious.
Finally, President Dr. Tony Tan together with Minister of Prime Minister’s Office & Government Whip Mr. Chan Chun Sing and all the Business Leaders present including our very own CEO, Mr Anthony Wong put up a Mass Multi-Ethnic Drums performance. This performance was certainly the highlight as everyone participated in an interactive and entertaining way, with all beneficiaries given their own mini drum sets to participate spontaneously in the performance. It was a wonderful day of giving back to the community and a privilege to be serving them on the beautiful grounds of the Istana.
Let us hear some of the experiences from our volunteers:
ACMAD RADIAMODA DILNA, Catering Operations Executive
The event was attended by some corporate volunteers including us (Creative Eateries Group) and the beneficiaries. The President of Singapore Dr. Tony Tan is the Guest of Honour. The volunteers shared skills and expertise with the beneficiary to enhance their mental and social well-being. There were a lot of activities at the event and everyone seemed really happy, but what really caught my attention was the multi-ethnic drums performance. The President, together with the organizers, volunteers, beneficiaries, (I even saw my boss Mr. Anthony Wong,) were all drumming to the beat. At that time, I felt like I wanted to play the drums myself! During the event I was assigned to assist our Senior Manager (Catering), Ms Eileen Chua and the Director of Marketing and Business Development, Ms. Bonnie Wong to serve our Devil’s Curry live station to the beneficiaries, guests and volunteers. I am proud to say that our Devil’s Curry live station stood out from the rest. As a matter of fact, people keep queuing and giving us a lot of positive feedback. I was overwhelmed doing an event inside the residence of the President of Singapore. It was my first time at Istana, but it will be an unforgettable experience for me.
ANGIE LEE, HR Officer
The first volunteering activity that I had participated in with our company brought me a lot of joy over the weekend. It was a memorable event that allowed me to engage and communicate with the beneficiaries, e.g chatting with them casually during the bus trips from Admiralty CC to the Istana. It makes me realise how important it is to focus a little more on people, even a few words or a small caring act makes us feel that we can be so connected even with minimal touch of technology. During our time, together in the Istana, we guided them to enjoy all the games and activities that were available. I found out adults also like to play games too! It was a really enjoyable sight to see them laughing whole-heartedly throughout the day. Not forgetting the children that came along as well, who brought me down memory lane by chatting with them on things that we don’t often speak about as adults. I would like to encourage our colleagues in future to join us for more events like this to make a better community!
EILEEN CHUA YILING, Catering Sales Manager
It was an engaging session serving the beneficiaries the food prepared for them and seeing them enjoy the event so much. It’s fulfilling to see that you brightened up their day with such simple activities and food and wonderful that our company supported this worthy cause.