40 HOMES IN NEED RECEIVE S$50,000 WORTH OF HOUSEHOLD ITEMS AND APPLIANCES
- 03, 13 2014
Singapore, 5 March, 2014 – Courts Singapore, North East Community Development Council (CDC) and LG Electronics Singapore today launched the Courts Charity House Makeover to spruce up 40 homes of elderly and families in need in Tampines West. Through this, the beneficiaries will receive S$50,000 worth of brand new household items and appliances sponsored by Courts and LG Electronics.
To kickstart this initiative, Mr Terry O’Connor, Group CEO of Courts Asia, as well as Mr Scott Jung, Managing Director of LG Electronics Singapore, visited the homes of two beneficiaries with Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs, Mr Masagos Zulkifli, who is also Vice-Chairman of North East CDC and Adviser to Tampines Grassroots Organizations.
Mr O’Connor shared: “Courts marks its 40th anniversary in Singapore this year, and we can’t think of a more meaningful way to celebrate this milestone than through giving back to the community, especially to the elderly and families in need. The Courts Charity House Makeover allows us to leverage our core competencies to help equip these homes with much-needed household items. Through the collective energy and efforts of Courts, North East CDC, LG Electronics, and other volunteers, we hope to alleviate the families’ worries and burdens in their everyday lives.”
Each household will receive the following items from Courts: Mistral standing fan, rice cooker, cordless kettle, foam mattress, pillows, and two-seater sofa, with LG Electronics sponsoring either a refrigerator, washing machine or microwave oven to households who require the appliances. In addition, students from Temasek Polytechnic will volunteer their time to clean the families’ homes and clear the space for their new additions.
Mr Scott Jung, Managing Director of LG Electronics Singapore, commented: “LG Electronics Singapore is honored to be partnering Courts for the second year in a row in Courts Charity House and we salute this initiative as well as the effort put in by all involved. The collaborated effort with Courts and North East Community Development Council is a way for us to show that we care and make a difference in the lives of Singaporeans in need. After all, putting people at the heart of what we do is a strong value that we uphold in the organization.”
One of the beneficiaries is 73-year-old Madam Anna Tan, a widow who lives alone in a two-room studio flat in Tampines. A Public Assistance (PA) Scheme recipient, she stays in a home with barely any furnishing, and the furniture she currently has is handed down from the goodwill of neighbours.
Another beneficiary is Madam Maimuna Binte Bachameah, 76, who lives together with her two older sons and a caregiver in a one-room studio flat. Of her two sons, her oldest, a ComCare recipient, is intellectually sub-normal, and the other is mentally unwell. With limited mobility, Madam Maimuna is wheelchair-bound, and suffers from dementia.
Madam Tan said: “Most of the items in my house have been handed down to me by neighbours. As an old lady, I live alone and I do not ask for much. This donation from Courts and LG makes me very happy, not just because now I have brand-new items and furniture, but because it shows me that I am not alone, and that people care for me.”
The Courts Charity House Makeover is part of Courts’ year-long programme to give back to Singapore in conjunction with its 40th Anniversary. This includes CSR initiatives such as a 40-week partnership with Dignity Kitchen, a blood donation drive, charity golf tournament, charity party and the development of local football through the sponsorship of the Young Lions in the S.League, as well as local community initiatives such as football events and the support of local arts.