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Sands for Singapore Festival raises record sum of over S$3.8 million

August 6, 2014 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

Over 1-3 August, the spirit of giving was celebrated at Sands for Singapore Festival when generous corporates and individuals rallied with Marina Bay Sands to raise of over S$3.8 million to benefit more than 80 charities and 300,000 Singaporeans.

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Funds raised benefits charity partners including Art Outreach Singapore, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), Community Chest, Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, The Business Times (BT) Budding Artists Fund and the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf).

With the theme “Inspire the Future”, the charity weekend featured an exciting lineup of events and activities spanning the entire property, encouraging others to do good with Marina Bay Sands. Big-hearted corporates dined for a good cause at several charity dinners – the APSN Gala Dinner, the BT Dream Ball and the first-ever Celebrity Chef Dine Around – while benevolent individuals bidded generously in the auctions of The Art of Shopping and Celebrities Give Back to Singapore. Hotel guests and visitors also did their part for charity
while visiting the Marina Bay Sands’ attractions where the weekend’s takings from the Sands
SkyPark Observation Deck, ArtScience Museum, sampan rides and Skating Rink were donated to charity too.

Going beyond organising charitable events to inspire corporates and the public, Marina Bay Sands also spurred more than 590 team members to volunteer and host children and youth on property, through customised tours and educational workshops in 11 staff-led activities.

For example, 21 hospitality students from Metta School went through a housekeeping workshop tailored for them, learning the high standards of service at Marina Bay Sands from its Housekeeping team.

“The trip was fun because we learnt many things such as folding and planting tips. During our Heart-of-House tour, I also learnt that there are 18 conveyor belts holding 620 sets of uniforms each in Marina Bay Sands’ Uniform Room. It was really interesting and I hope to be able to work at Marina Bay Sands in the future,” said Terence Teo Xun Hao, 20 years old.

Highlights of Sands for Singapore Festival

Marina Bay Sands staged a slew of vibrant and fun activities for visitors over the charity weekend. The skating rink was transformed into a giant interactive playground for children and families with Tangle, a part visual arts installation, part performance and part playground.

Spheres, a show by Strange Fruit fascinated both young and the young-at-heart, while the roving Christof!!, a virtuoso clown described as ‘Charlie Chaplin meets Jim Carey’ entertained public of all ages with his quirky and endearing acts. Meanwhile, the Sands for Singapore Inspiration Centre gathered close to S$3,000 worth of cash donation over the three days from the public. A small LED light was given to every donor to light up a map of
Singapore.

At the Business Times Dream Ball, world reigning international ballroom champions Arunas Bizokas, Katusha Demidova, Stefano Di Filippo and Darai Chesnokova enthralled guests with their sizzling moves during their one-night only performance at Marina Bay Sands. The night ended on a high note as all guests danced to their hearts’ content on the dance floor.

At the fundraising dinner co-organised by Marina Bay Sands and APSN, the students performed a series of heartwarming recitals before and during the dinner to a captivated audience. The performances include the choir performance from Chaoyang School during the cocktail reception, a Latin dance and circus arts performances from Tanglin School and Katong school students respectively.

The Celebrity Chef Dine Around fundraiser for SADeaf was a sell-out event where donors savoured a roving dinner at Marina Bay Sands’ celebrity chef restaurants CUT, db Bistro Moderne, Mozza, and ended the night with scumptious desserts from The Cheese and Chocolate Bar at Sands SkyPark.

Close to 100 art lovers and shopaholics congregated for a good cause at The Art of Shopping’s live auction of artful merchandise and installations created by local contemporary artists. The star item of the night was a light installation made out of coffee socks donated by Rasapura Masters. Named ‘Coffee Mountain People Sea’, this artful piece by Terence Lin was sold at S$7,500, which is the highest bid fetched among retailer-donated items. The evening concluded with viewing of the fireworks display from the NDP rehearsal at
ArtScience Museum.

Comchest Heartstrings Walk 2014, the grand finale event for Sands for Singapore Fesitval, saw overwhelming participation from over 8,500 participants, the largest turn-out in the last four years. Flagged off by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the walk around Marina Bay concluded with a special bazaar featuring handcrafted items sold by voluntary welfare organisations. Over S$1.5 million has been raised in this year’s event, the highest since it was first held at Marina Bay in 2011.

“We are heartened with the success of our second Sands for Singapore Festival – we’ve rallied more staff-volunteers, partners and the public to join us in contributing back to Singapore in creative ways. It’s not every day that charity work gets such visibility and attention in such a concerted way – Sands for Singapore Festival is an opportunity to spread the infectious spirit of giving beyond our property. I would like to thank everyone for their efforts, big and small, into making this such a remarkable and inspirational journey,” added Mr Tanasijevich.

 

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