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Singapore

Bonding through sports

JLL employees forge friendships with children from ARC Children’s Centre


​​​​SINGAPORE, 29 June 2015 – JLL Singapore employees ditched their office wear for sportswear when they organised a mini Sports Carnival for 40 children from ARC Children's Centre (http://www.arcchildren.org), the firm's adopted charity for 2015.

ARC Children's Centre is a day-care service centre which provides children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses with a nurturing environment for their continuing education and social needs. As these children undergo the necessary medical treatments for their condition, it is important that they receive a holistic education in a safe, supportive and friendly environment to prepare them well for the future. Besides receiving formal education, these children and their siblings also participate in enrichment activities such as taekwondo, yoga, and speech and drama to enhance their physical and personal development.

 

It was an afternoon of fun-filled games and sports such as hula hoop pass, basketball and tarp flip for the older children, and bouncy castles for the younger ones. There was also a joint birthday celebration for children whose birthdays were in May and June. "Through these activities, we hope to forge closer friendships with the children, while also fostering greater team spirit and camaraderie," said Fiona Yap, JLL's Head of Human Resource for Singapore and South East Asia.

 

The firm embarked on a more organised and committed Corporate Sustainability programme in Singapore in 2014, adopting The Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), a network of special need schools focusing on education and development for the mildly-intellectually challenged and autistic community. Over the course of the year, JLL employees and the children from the schools under APSN engaged in activities such as rock climbing, soccer and captain's ball matches and learning experiences at the Botanic Gardens.

 

According to Ms Yap, the introduction of this programme was timely as many employees had expressed a strong interest in getting the firm to be more socially responsible and to organise more of such programmes and activities, based on findings from the firm's previous employee engagement surveys.


Chris Fossick, JLL's Managing Director for Singapore and South East Asia, said: "As a major employer and business organisation with over 1,200 employees locally, it is only right that JLL does our part to give something back to the community in which we operate in, and in a sustainable manner that would make a difference. Each year, we select a charity that we would like to support, not just financially but more importantly, through the giving of our time, the most precious resource of all."

 

"We are committed to being a responsible member of the community, supporting those in need and making a difference where we can," said Mr Fossick. "I believe that our employees enjoy the personal fulfilment and immense satisfaction that come with doing good and helping others."

 

Nicholas Hulett, Internal Communications Manager, Corporate Solutions, Asia Pacific, said: "It's great that JLL chose to partner with ARC Children's Centre. The kids are extremely enthusiastic and a pleasure to spend time with. Their attitudes and energy, in the face of considerable adversity, put a lot of things into perspective. More importantly, the kids seemed to really enjoy the day and hopefully took with them some good memories. Through these activities, a strong connection can be developed between JLL volunteers and ARC Children's Centre, which is fantastic."

 

Agreeing, Christopher Ng, Graduate Trainee, Property & Asset Management said: "JLL's corporate sustainability programme clearly demonstrates the firm's renewed commitment to render support to the less-privileged and contribute back to the community. JLL's decision to adopt ARC Children's Centre reiterates JLL's belief and focus in developing our greatest asset – people. The activities held in collaboration with the centre have thus far, brought about immeasurable joy and laughter to the children, and have also served as an effective platform for JLL individuals to flourish and grow. It has certainly been heartening to see fellow colleagues eagerly volunteering to make a difference."

 

According to Otara Dias, Executive Assistant, Regional IFM Account Management, "participating in such activities has enlightened and motivated our colleagues with a sense of responsibility towards the community and environment."

 

Christophe Altaie, Marketing Manager, Integrated Facilities Management, Asia Pacific, said: "It is truly heart-warming to be part of an organisation which takes time out of the 'corporate clock' to organise such events. As an expectant father, I can now better relate to the impact such genuine actions can have, not only on the children themselves, but on their caretakers as well. The fact that JLL commits to a full year in its corporate sustainability programme makes it also much more meaningful and impactful. I look forward to more opportunities to contribute, together with like-minded colleagues."

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