Volunteers prepare 700 mooncakes for low-income elderly

Participants of the mooncake-making session gather for a group photograph with their finished work.
Participants of the mooncake-making session gather for a group photograph with their finished work.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN
Chef Peng Yi Chun (centre) sharing the basics of mooncake making with (from left) Shirley Chua, Ms Denise Phua, Mayor of Central Singapore District, Ms Wee Wei Ling, Executive Director of Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, and Ms Chen Siew Eng.
Chef Peng Yi Chun (centre) sharing the basics of mooncake making with (from left) Shirley Chua, Ms Denise Phua, Mayor of Central Singapore District, Ms Wee Wei Ling, Executive Director of Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, and Ms Chen Siew Eng.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN

SINGAPORE - To celebrate the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival, about 50 volunteers from hotels and businesses, as well as chefs from Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, prepared more than 700 traditional mooncakes on Tuesday.

They were joined by Central Singapore district Mayor Denise Phua and the restaurant's executive director Wee Wei Ling at the session at Parkroyal in Beach Road.

The mooncakes will be distributed to 300 low-income elderly residents in the district under the care of Lions Befrienders Senior Activity Centres (SAC) at Mei Ling Street and NTUC Eldercare SilverACE at Whampoa on Friday.

The volunteers included Si Chuan Dou Hua staff and corporate partners. Ms Wee said: "Beyond doing our part for the underprivileged, we believe that a bigger way to make an impact in the community is through inspiring our peers to do the same."

The event was part of a collaboration between the restaurant and Central Singapore CDC since 2013 to bring festive cheer to seniors during special occasions such as Chinese New Year and the Dumpling Festival.

Ms Phua said she is grateful for the commitment and contributions of Ms Wee and her team through the years.

"We believe that corporate giving is more meaningful when staff are personally involved," she said in a statement. "Many of our residents have been blessed by their efforts, especially during the festive period."