CapitaLand donates $300,000 to President's Challenge 2015

SINGAPORE - Property giant CapitaLand will donate $300,000 to the President's Challenge 2015. This is in addition to the $1 million donation it had earlier committed to benefit underprivileged children in Asia.

The company marked its CapitaLand Volunteer Day on Saturday. An experiential heritage trail on Saturday morning was cancelled because of the haze, but other activities proceeded as planned. Participants learnt sign language, walked blindfolded and deciphered messages in dyslexic font to better understand some of the hardships faced by the deaf, visually impaired and dyslexic.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam received the $300,000 cheque donation from CapitaLand president and group chief executive Lim Ming Yan on Saturday. Dr Tan said: "Besides earning donations for charities, this event provides a platform for CapitaLand's corporate partners, their staff and families, and the community to bond with one another."

CapitaLand's year-long #100KHopeHours global volunteer initiative also surpassed its target, garnering over 200,000 pledged volunteer hours. This is also more than double the target of 100,000 pledged volunteer hours set by CapitaLand in March to mark its philanthropic arm CapitaLand Hope Foundation's 10th anniversary this year.

Mr Lim said: "With over 200,000 pledged volunteer hours garnered from all facets of the community, we are confident that this will not be a one-off effort and our spirit to volunteer remains strong... We hope that our initiative will continue to spur volunteerism within CapitaLand, as well as among other organisations and the public."

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