Article by: Christian Magcalas Manacup (Restaurant Manager – Western Division)
One of the most significant person who gave her life serving the community, Mother Teresa said, “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’ Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing — but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks — but homeless because of rejection.”
For the 4th time Creative Eateries Corporate Social Responsibility event took place at ACE (Admiralty Community Experience) the Place Community Club under the People’s Association Project, We Care on 26th of August 2017. Serving the needy in the Admiralty area, individuals from different divisions of Creative Eateries came together, represented by members of our Human Resources department, Chefs, Restaurant-in-Charge, Service Staff and our Management Team to provide a little kindness and happiness to the residents.
Many people live by the saying that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” For our contribution, our volunteers served up a sumptuous meal for 300 residents. We also provided some fun and games alongside volunteers the Singapore Sports School. Creative Eateries volunteers got the chance to assist the beneficiaries while the played at our game booth. We even battled with them and had much opportunity for interaction.
Hear what our volunteers have to say –
“We as volunteers feel that such experiences show us how we are part of something bigger than ourselves. We can grow by supporting others and especially because we have been blessed with so much. In giving we have also been rewarded with great smiles, the laughter and many high-fives from the residents that brightened our day!
I strongly believe in the beauty of spreading love and care. As love is received and reciprocated, it continues to grow.
Through this opportunity to do good with Creative Eateries, I have learnt that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to give something back to the society with gratitude.”
– Eduardo Yaneza,
Asst General Manager (Western Division)
“This recent outreach program made me realize that we can bring happiness to others, even with the simplest deeds. Someone’s day can be brightened and made meaningful, if we’re willing to contribute in our own little ways.”
– Raine Colegado
Operation Manager (Western Division)
“During my first interaction with one of the residents, I was a little reserved. However, through them, I learnt to open up. The gleeful smile and spark of happiness in their eyes, when they have someone to chat with, made me feel the warmth that I’ve not felt in a long time. Through this experience, I will always remember that there are no boundaries in kindness, regardless of the size of the good deed. It was a fun involvement for me as well, meeting different people and making new friends.”
Operation Manager (Japanese Division)
“It was my first experience as a volunteer for such an event. It allowed me to comprehend the love and warmth of humanity. The residents’ optimism, courage and perseverance in life, showed me that no matter how bitter life is, hope is the key to happiness. I wish that there will be more similar programs organized for the people in the future, and we can be involved to contribute.”
– Seow Hui San
Operation Manager (Chinese Division)
“It was my first time as a volunteer. Being a part of this program made me realize that my minute actions and deeds may benefit someone out there greatly. It also reminded me of the verse “When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always practice Hospitality.
Creative Eateries provided me an opportunity to experience something new. I enjoyed while putting my time to good use, knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the residents, is a knowledge that we’ve became a blessing to them, and that makes me happy too.”
– Ivy Frances Martin
Restaurant Manager (Tajimaya and Shabuya)
“Kindness is contagious. Helping others gives us a different perspective on our own situation. It teaches us to be appreciative of what we have. Being a part of this project, I felt great satisfaction knowing that I’m helping people without being compensated financially. It is important to be kind to others without thinking of getting any returns.”
Chef de Partie (Tajimaya)
“It was one of the greatest moment when you witness benevolence while being part of it. We can all help in our own humble ways, and Creative Eateries offered me the opportunity to be in service with others. The appreciation shown by the community to us is far more precious than any other things. I’m glad knowing that I’ve done a great job to make the residents happy.”
–Christian Magcalas Manacup
Restaurant Manager (Barossa- Esplanade)