At RWS, we are committed to strengthening communities by dedicating our time and engaging our talents to bring joy, comfort and laughter to children and seniors.
Our volunteers bear testament to our volunteerism spirit that forms the backbone of RWS’ CSR efforts. Driven by their heart of compassion, our aRWSome volunteers extend RWS Cares by playing big brothers and sisters to beneficiaries at our charity events, or warm companions to seniors during Christmas, spreading the “Kampung Spirit” wherever they go.
Since we started, our aRWSome volunteers have reached out to the less-privileged clocking over 58,000 volunteer hours.
▸ aRWSome Volunteer Day
▸ ComChest Care & Share Movement
▸ Community Chest Charity in the Park
▸ aRWSome Wishes
▸ Children for Children
▸ RWS Cares Partnerships
▸ CDAC-SFCCA Project C.A.R.E. 2015 (Caring And Reaching out to the Elderly)
▸ ChildAid 2016
▸ Others (2014)
Inaugural aRWSome Volunteer Day
More than 240 senior management and employees rolled up their sleeves on 21 April 2017 to help spruce up over 30 one and two-bedroom rental units in the Clementi division. The inaugural aRWSome Volunteer Day marked our largest community outreach in history. Making the best use of its expertise, the Facilities Management and Engineering department formed a roving team of experts to support the technical repair works required by the residents.
We introduced a new one-day Volunteer Leave scheme where employees can apply, over and above Annual Leave, to take part in community events organised or endorsed by RWS Cares.
ComChest Care & Share Movement
RWS Cares is proud to partner the Community Chest in the Care & Share Movement. The Care & Share Movement is a national fund-raising and volunteerism movement led by Community Chest that aims to bring our nation together to show care and concern for the needy.
Community Chest Charity In the Park 2017
From left to right: Mr Anurag Mathur, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC Singapore, Mr Phillip Tan, Chairman, Community Chest, Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence, Mr Tan Hee Teck, Chief Executive Officer, Resorts World Sentosa, Mr Eric Ang, Chairman, Community Chest Charity In the Park 2017 Organizing Sub Committee and Ms Joanne Lim, Group Vice President for Corporate Affairs, YHS Singapore during the cheque presentation at Community Chest Charity In the Park 2017 at Universal Studios Singapore in Resorts World Sentosa.
The second edition of Community Chest Charity in the Park on 18 February 2017 brought together over 4,000 beneficiaries, their caregivers, corporate donors and volunteers for an evening of food and fun at Universal Studios Singapore.
The theme – Celebrate Abilities and Embrace Inclusiveness – aimed to raise awareness and promote greater understanding of persons with disabilities through meaningful and interactive games such as sign language challenge. Graced by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) & Second Minister for Defence, the event raised a total of S$2,010,297. The event is co-organised with Resorts World Sentosa as part of the integrated resort’s five-year pledge of S$5 million cash donation and in-kind support to Community Chest from 2014 to 2018.
Beneficiaries of Community Chest enjoying Charity In the Park 2017 at Universal Studios Singapore
From left to right: Chef Duan Jun Min, Chef Zhang Zhi Long, Chef Chang Xiao Ping and Chef Liu Wen Wen showcased delicacies from Shanxi, China during the event.
Guests also get to sample authentic Shanxi delicacies such as knife-shaved noodles with two gravy choices (tomato & egg gravy and fragrant gravy), flavours of Shanxi (beef, pork and lamb), millet pork ribs, five grain abundance delight and Huangqiao baked pastry prepared by four award-winning chefs specially flown in from Shanxi, China.
Charity in the Park 2016
On 30 January 2016, Universal Studios Singapore played host to the inaugural Community Chest Charity in the Park where about 4,000 donors, the beneficiaries and their caregivers enjoyed riding the movies and a big spread of Asean Hawker fare. Co-organised with Resorts World Sentosa, the event raised more than S$2.3 million to help more than 80 charities supported by Community Chest.
From Left: Chef Tu Ngyuen from Vietnam, Chef Aek Charttrakul from Thailand, Chef Lem Hong from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Chef Lim Mooi Moey from Penang, Malaysia at Community Chest Charity in the Park Asean fare presentation.
Ten USS F&B outlets served authentic Asean hawker fare such as Hainanese chicken rice, Thai green curry, Malaysia’s Ramli burger, Vietnamese baguette and Indonesian barbeque chicken prepared by chefs and original hawkers flown in from the region.
This is the largest number of beneficiaries and caregivers hosted by RWS at USS and an exciting opportunity for the beneficiaries, many of whom have never been to world-famous theme park. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development was the Guest-of-honor.
The charity event raised more than $2.3 million which will go directly towards helping more than 80 charities supported by Community Chest.
▸ "Remembering Acts of Love" – Community Chest Charity Gala 2014
The “Remembering Acts of Love” – Community Chest Charity Gala 2014 – the finale fund-raising event organised by Community Chest, under the Care & Share Movement, raised over $2.5 million for its beneficiaries.
The dinner, held at Resorts World Sentosa on 30 November 2014, showcased creations by celebrity-chef restaurants Osia, Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora and Forest 森. International masterchef Joël Robuchon, who is the most Michelin-decorated chef in the world with 26 Michelin Guide stars, also lent his hand by preparing an exclusive menu for a limited number of tables.
▸ ComChest Care & Share Charity Show 2014
The fundraiser charity concert in July brought people from diverse backgrounds together to celebrate the spirit of the Care & Share Movement at the Resorts World Ballroom™ on 27 July 2014. Aside from being the venue sponsor, RWS also lent our entertainment expertise for the charity show which helped raised funds for over 83 charities. Highlights included performances by popular overseas artistes, such as Wakin Chau, Valen Hsu and Elisa Chan, and MediaCorp artistes performing alongside Community Chest beneficiaries and corporate partners.
Beneficiaries from four local voluntary welfare organisations spent a day at Universal Studios Singapore® on 10 November 2014 with 100 RWS Volunteers. The event was part of the ComChest Care & Share Day Out organised by our charity partner, Community Chest of Singapore.
▸ Care & Share Movement 2014
aRWSome Wishes is an initiative to reach out to the community during the festive Christmas period. It started in 2011 with the support of five CDCs where 500 less privileged children penned their Christmas wishes and had them granted by the RWS’ team members. In 2014, children, families and senior citizens, wished for shavers, bicycles and even wheelchairs which the RWS team members granted.
The sixth instalment of aRWSome Wishes on 6 December 2016 brought holiday cheers to 350 special needs and underprivileged children. Our aRWSome volunteers brought the beneficiaries on a guided tour of the S.E.A. Aquarium, including a visit to the interactive Pokémon Research Exhibition, held for the first time outside Japan. To encourage our guests to play their part for charity, we launched the aRWSome Wishes Charity Drive where we pledged S$10 for every ticket purchase to S.E.A.A Aquarium and Pokémon Research Exhibition – up to S$300,000 – in the month of December. The amount will be channeled to support the Compassvale Bow Adult Disability Home, Singapore’s first specialised home catered for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A key highlight is the gift distribution where the children brought home their favourite Christmas presents comprising exclusive merchandise collectively contributed through donations – over $17,000 – by RWS team members.
The annual aRWSome Wishes on 4 December 2015 brought festive cheers to about 1,400 children beneficiaries and their families. Besides enjoying a preview of Santa’s All-Star Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore, the children also brought home their favourite Christmas presents from a four metre tall Christmas tree stacked with character-themed merchandise from Transformers, Minions and many more. Into its fifth installment, the signature event received great support from various stakeholders this year as they played a part in giving back to the community.
“Thank you for such a wonderful event. One of the students' mother loved this opportunity to bring her children into USS, as they had been wanting such an opportunity to ride the rides. They were all grateful for the goodie bags from USS, and they all have been asking me if such an opportunity would come up again. Once again, thank you for the opportunity to let these youths enjoy the rides and have so much fun in USS.” - Tina Li (Youth Guidance Outreach Services)
On 18 December 2014, RWS Volunteers shared the RWS "Kampung Spirit" with the elderly at St. Vincent’s Home. The volunteers came early to put up Christmas decorations and readied the home for a festive celebration. Some of the activities included playing bingo and singing classic songs together. At lunch, the volunteers got the chance to interact with the elderly more intimately. At the end of the event, goodie bags with food supplies and daily necessities were given out.
Christmas wishes of the underprivileged kids were adopted by our Team Members, who purchased the gift/s for the kid/s they have settled on.
From sport shoes to school bags, these little gifts brought out big smiles for over 800 aRWSome Wishes recipients in December. The month long Wishes programme ended with a big bang at Telok Blangah Community Centre on 22 Dec where Santa Claus himself and his 32 yellow elfin volunteers were out in force distributing gifts. They were joined by Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry and Amy Khor, Mayor of South West District.
“I couldn’t sleep last night because I was so excited to receive my remote-controlled car today! I can’t wait to play with my friends and neighbours.” - Jagadeesh, 7 years old
Children for Children
An annual initiative to celebrate Children’s Day, this event brings needy primary school students across Singapore to an attraction within RWS in partnership with The Business Times, The Rice Company Pte Ltd and CHIJ (Kellock).
It was a mass Children’s Day celebration at RWS where more than 1,200 pupils from over 50 primary schools stepped into Universal Studios Singapore® for the first time. RWS, together with 100 RWS volunteers played host to the event while students of CHIJ (Kellock) put up theatre-dance performances to entertain the students. About 100 of our RWS Volunteers lend their hands to the event which also raised $320,000, with proceeds going to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists fund.
More than 1,200 children were invited to celebrate Children’s Day at Universal Studios Singapore®. The children were warmly welcomed with interactive arts and craft activities before being ushered into the Pantages Hollywood theatre for a song-and-dance performance. Thereafter, the children were accompanied by our aRWSome volunteers for a day of fun, indulging in all the rides and thrill offered by the park.
RWS Cares Partnerships
Love from the STARS Charity Gala 2015
RWS celebrates SG50 with the community in support of six charities on 10 May 2015. The star studded fundraiser dinner concert performances by artistes Jackie Chan, Wakin Chau and Jonathan Lee at the Resorts World BallroomTM was organised by a group of individuals who wanted to celebrate SG50 with the spirit of giving. RWS sponsored the accommodation, venue and banquet for the event. Proceeds of the fundraiser go to All Saints Home, Sian Chay Medical Institution, Singapore Power Heartware Fund, the Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Scholarship Programme, Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities and the Viva Foundation for Children with Cancer.
CDAC-SFCCA Project C.A.R.E. 2015 (Caring And Reaching out to the Elderly)
Project C.A.R.E is a community initiative by the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) and Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations' (SFCCA) to benefit needy senior citizens and encourage community volunteerism. 520 senior citizens and 700 volunteers were treated to a six-course Chinese banquet in the Resorts World Ballroom™ and to a tour around the S.E.A. Aquarium on 19 April 2015.
Our aRWSome volunteers who took part in the event played the roles of personal guides and tour narrators and had a great time engaging with the senior citizens.
RWS is the Supporting Presenter of Sing50, a concert celebrating 50 years of Singapore music in August. Sing50 is jointly organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times in celebration of Singapore's 50th jubilee year and will feature popular old and new songs from the last five decades.
RWS welcomed ChildAid back to Resorts World Theatre in November 2016, with the annual concert returning to RWS after six years. As official venue partner for the fund-raising concert, we are delighted for the opportunity to continually engage the community and do its part to give back to society. For this year’s edition, a total of S$2 million was raised for two charities, Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and Business Times Budding Artists Fund.
▸ Peter Pan – The Never Ending Story
Over 1,000 children from 80 primary and secondary schools were treated to the musical Peter Pan – The Never Ending Story at the Resorts World Theatre, as part of efforts to raise donations for the Sing50 fund. Some $348,000 was raised through the event.
On 17 February, 17 aRWSome volunteers brought 160 seniors from Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society down memory lane with Mark Lee in Great World Cabaret at Resorts World Theatre. It was an evening of nostalgia as the elderly enjoyed traditional hawker fare at Malaysian Food Street before watching Singapore’s 1960 cabaret come to life.
▸ Project We Care Garden Party at Istana
Some 16 of our aRWSome volunteers spent a day “partying” with senior citizens under the care of South West Community Development Council at the Project We Care's Garden Party at Istana. The seniors were engaged through games and activities such as calligraphy and balloon sculpting. Organised by the People's Association (PA), Project We Care hopes to encourage volunteerism in Singapore and engage the private sector in contributing towards meaningful causes for the community.
RWS' first Adopt-A-Rental-block programme was spearheaded by 24 aRWSome volunteers. Amongst them was our very own Chief Executive Officer, Mr Tan Hee Teck and members of our Senior Management team. The team handed out goodie bags to some 200 residents living at two rental blocks in Clementi, and fulfilled the wishes of seven other residents on public assistance. From fixing beds and fans, enjoying a feast with the residents prepared by our chefs and a karaoke session, both the residents and our volunteers had a whale of a time!