Over 500 EY people fulfill Christmas wishes of some 500 children and elderly residents

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Singapore, 7 December 2012 – Over 500 Partners and staff of EY in Singapore spent three weeks raising money and preparing gifts, culminating into the event yesterday where S$22,000 worth of food hampers were delivered to about 300 elderly residents. This charity drive is part of the Boys’ Brigade Share-a-Gift (BBSG) program to spread joy during the Christmas season.

The 300 elderly beneficiaries, who are on the Public Assistance and ComCare Transitions schemes, received their food hamper comprising household items such as rice, cooking oil, and biscuits. In addition, the Partners and staff are also hand-delivering diapers, milk powder, and school shoes and bags to benefit some 200 children. These deliveries are expected to be completed in the next few days.

EY staff volunteer, Panneer Selvam, who has been managing the firm’s organizing committee for the BBSG charity drive over the past seven years, says: "Through the years, we’ve seen more and more staff actively volunteering for corporate volunteerism projects and I’m very glad to be a part of the team that creates the avenue for them to participate in such meaningful events.”

Grahame Wright, EY Partner leading the firm’s Corporate Volunteerism committee adds: “Corporate volunteerism is a key element of our social responsibility and an important part of our culture. Through activities like the BBSG program, our people can see the real benefits of volunteering and understand how every bit of effort can make a big collective difference to the underprivileged among us. We appreciate that our people are making time to answer the call of those in need and it's this kind of open-hearted caring, generosity and teaming for the greater good that keeps our giving spirit alive."

The BBSG program is one of the corporate social responsibility initiatives that EY undertakes. Since 2005, EY Singapore has raised almost S$270,000, fulfilling more than 3,700 wishes of children, elderly and family beneficiaries. This is the seventh year that EY is participating in BBSG.

About Boys’ Brigade Share-a-Gift 2012 (BBSG)
BBSG is a national community service project in its 25th year. BBSG has brought joy and cheer during the holiday season by collecting gifts for the less fortunate in Singapore. EY supports various agencies as part of the BBSG 2012 program. They include Bethesda Care & Counselling Services Centre, Family Services Centres, Care Corner Family Services Centres, Club Rainbow, MINDS, REACH Family Services Centre, Rochore Kongsi for the Aged, Salvation Army, Singapore Association for the Deaf, Singapore Cancer Society, Singapore Children’s Society, Spastic Children Association of Singapore and TOUCH Family Services Ltd, among others.




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