Toiling for food to drive IMPACT that matters
IMPACT Day 2015
Deloitte volunteers distributed over 500 kg of food rations and helped in the preparation of 4,950 meals
Singapore, 28 August 2015 – Over 110 volunteers toiled in the sun and braved the kitchen heat this morning to bring food rations and cooked meals to needy beneficiaries around the island. These efforts mark Deloitte Southeast Asia’s fourth IMPACT Day, an annual celebration of our commitment to community investment.
In Singapore, an eager group of 35 volunteers got their hands dirty farming vegetables at the former Bottle Tree Park in Khatib, a 26,000 sq m plot of land managed by Ground-Up Initiative (GUI). The group undertook various forms of physical work on GUI’s edible farm that comprised weeding, watering, transplanting, turning of soil and harvesting. About 40 kg of leafy and non-leafy organic vegetables were harvested and pack by our volunteers for same-day delivery to Willing Hearts’ soup kitchen.
Concurrently, over at Willing Hearts, a passionate group of 44 volunteers helped in the preparation of raw food ingredients and delivery of cooked food packets to the elderly and needy in Bedok and North Bridge Road. On a daily basis like today, the soup kitchen serves up some 4,950 styrofoam boxes of hot food for pick up at various distribution centres island wide. In addition to the organic vegetables harvested by our volunteers from GUI’s farm, Deloitte also donated another 210 kg of frozen breaded fish to the soup kitchen to help sustain their operations.
In addition, Deloitte collaborated with The Foodbank Singapore to pledge healthy food bundles for the elderly residents at Tung Ling Community Services, a beneficiary that the practice has been supporting since 2012. Some 35 volunteers arrived early at Dakota Crescent to sort and pack over 250 kg of dry food ration which were subsequently distributed to the needy elderly living in the nearby rental flats. Volunteers also entertained the residents in interactive games and helped to serve breakfast to the group.
“It is our shared purpose to making an impact that matters. Every day, we challenge ourselves to do what matters most – for our clients, for our people, and for society. IMPACT Day is just one of our efforts where we collectively seek to drive measurable change in our communities. Beyond IMPACT Day, we continue to do our best in applying our skills and take actions to lead and create positive, societal impact,” shared Mr Philip Yuen, Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Singapore.
On 28 August, over 7,000 people in 25 office locations across Southeast Asia celebrated IMPACT Day by spending the day out of the office to contribute their time and talent for the benefit of our communities alongside educators and non-profit leaders.