In the season of giving, staff from OCBC Bank's human resources (HR) went around to the different divisions in the bank in December to play Christmas carols using angklungs, raising $54,000 for charity.
On why the angklung, OCBC said learning to play the traditional Indonesian musical instrument made of bamboo tubes and frame helped to promote immense cooperation, coordination and teamwork.
All donations from the angklung performance will go to St. Andrew's Autism Centre (SAAC) and AWWA SMILES (Students Meet for Interaction, Learning and Enrichment). The SAAC is a non-profit centre that focuses on the education, training, care and support of people with autism and their families, and AWWA SMILES is a programme under TEACH ME Integration Services by AWWA that offers specialised after school care for children with special needs.
Last December, OCBC's HR division also played host to 20 children from AWWA SMILES, aged 7 to 18 years old, who were taught through games and role-play how to identify different coin denominations.