Causes Briefs: Day off work to help children in need

Dentsu Aegis Network staff cleaning a children's home (top) and packing food bundles at Food Bank (above) that were delivered to Thye Hua Kwan Family Services Centres, as part of the company's "One Day for Change" initiative on May 19.
Dentsu Aegis Network staff cleaning a children's home (above) and packing food bundles at Food Bank that were delivered to Thye Hua Kwan Family Services Centres, as part of the company's "One Day for Change" initiative on May 19.PHOTOS: DENTSU AEGIS NETWORK
Dentsu Aegis Network staff cleaning a children's home (top) and packing food bundles at Food Bank (above) that were delivered to Thye Hua Kwan Family Services Centres, as part of the company's "One Day for Change" initiative on May 19.
Dentsu Aegis Network staff cleaning a children's home and packing food bundles at Food Bank (above) that were delivered to Thye Hua Kwan Family Services Centres, as part of the company's "One Day for Change" initiative on May 19.PHOTOS: DENTSU AEGIS NETWORK

Day off work to help children in need

May 19 was "One Day for Change" for staff of marketing giant Dentsu Aegis Network. The annual initiative rallies employees in 14 countries across the Asia-Pacific region to take a day off work to volunteer their time in support of causes.

In Singapore, more than 400 staff took part and contributed about 3,380 volunteering hours to help underprivileged children through various activities such as packing food bundles, cleaning children's homes and teaching children to assemble terrariums.


ITE starts year-long community project

As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, the Institute of Technical Education launched the GiFTS (Giving of Fun, Time and Skills) programme on May 19.

Its staff and students will take part in 25 activities throughout the year, to give their "fun, time and skills" to benefit the community.

For instance, on May 19, about 300 students and staff helped to clean, paint and install safety, elderly-friendly and energy-saving features in 25 needy households in Ang Mo Kio. A total of 250 households will be helped under this project from May to October.

Priscilla Goy

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2017, with the headline 'Causes Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe