Community Chest and Resorts World Sentosa celebrate Sharity Day for special needs kids

Students (silhouetted) from Grace Orchard School dancing along with Sharity and peformers on stage during the mascot's musical debut at the Resorts World Theatre on Oct 3, 2015.
Students (silhouetted) from Grace Orchard School dancing along with Sharity and peformers on stage during the mascot's musical debut at the Resorts World Theatre on Oct 3, 2015. PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin touring the exhibition at the first Sharity Day created by Community Chest and Resorts World Sentosa and celebrated with a musical at the Resorts World Theatre on Oct 3, 2015.
Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin touring the exhibition at the first Sharity Day created by Community Chest and Resorts World Sentosa and celebrated with a musical at the Resorts World Theatre on Oct 3, 2015. PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Resorts World Sentosa chairman and CEO Tan Hee Teck (left) presents a cheque of $5 million to Community Chest chairman Philip Tan (right) and witnessed by Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin (centre) at the first Sharity Day crea
Resorts World Sentosa chairman and CEO Tan Hee Teck (left) presents a cheque of $5 million to Community Chest chairman Philip Tan (right) and witnessed by Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin (centre) at the first Sharity Day created by Community Chest and Resorts World Sentosa and celebrated with a musical at the Resorts World Theatre on Oct 3, 2015. PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Students from Grace Orchard School enjoying Sharity's musical debut during the inaugural Sharity Day, created by Community Chest and Resorts World Sentosa, at the Resorts World Theatre on Oct 3, 2015.
Students from Grace Orchard School enjoying Sharity's musical debut during the inaugural Sharity Day, created by Community Chest and Resorts World Sentosa, at the Resorts World Theatre on Oct 3, 2015. PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - About 1,200 people, including children with special needs and volunteers, gathered at the Resorts World Theatre on Saturday to celebrate Sharity Day - a special day jointly organised by Community Chest and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) for children of different abilities.

Sharity Elephant, the Community Chest mascot, made its musical debut, performing alongside 50 children with special needs. The children, aged seven to 15, were from Grace Orchard School, and joined by student volunteers from Pasir Ris Crest Secondary as well as professional performers.

RWS also announced details of its five-year partnership with Community Chest on Saturday. It pledged $5 million of cash and in-kind donations for 2014 to 2018.

Said Community Chest chairman Phillip Tan: "The long-term partnership will see us through social service programmes for bigger and better outcomes; more than a one-time donation can bring. With its world-class attractions, RWS is a natural partner in our efforts to nurture the next generation of givers, in driving the message that caring and sharing starts from young."

RWS chief executive Tan Hee Teck said: "We are privileged to lead by example in corporate social responsibility... We look forward to creating more significant impact through our partnership over the next few years."

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