Air Products Hosts Children’s Charity Visit at Senoko Plant
Event supports non-profit organization REACH
As a sponsor of REACH Community Services Society’s Bursary cum Mentoring Programme, Air Products Singapore takes a strong interest in helping the children beneficiaries to not just succeed in their formal education, but also to broaden their minds outside the classroom. On 11 May 2017, we hosted a group of these children in a fun and educational visit to our Senoko plant.
After getting an introduction to our company and products, the children took part in a stimulating game of brain teasers. Next, we showed them the proper way of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) before demonstrating how liquid nitrogen (LIN) can be used to freeze bananas. Our audience had fun using the hardened fruits to hammer nails into a wooden plank. The day concluded on a happy note with delicious refreshments and souvenirs.
“We are extremely glad to be supporting REACH through this meaningful event. Our hope is to foster a love of learning among these children, so that they can thrive in schools and achieve success in their chosen fields one day,” said Alex Tan, President, Industrial Gases, Southeast Asia. “We look forward to continuing to work with REACH in touching the lives of our community.”
REACH is a non-profit organization that has been serving a wide range of people in need since 1999, which also include youths-at-risk struggling with delinquency, families facing financial challenges, and destitute seniors. Earlier this year, Air Products Singapore made a donation of USD 25,000 through the Air Products Foundation to the charity’s Bursary cum Mentoring Programme.
Air Products Singapore Helps Children Learn Their Way to a Brighter Future
Sponsoring REACH Bursary Programme 2017 to support students from low-income families
At Air Products, education has always been a priority in our sustainability efforts to help local communities build a brighter tomorrow. With this in mind, Air Products Singapore has through Air Products Foundation become one of the proud sponsors of the REACH Bursary cum Mentoring Programme 2017, which will provide both financial and moral support to over 100 local students from low-income families. Our sponsorship of USD25,000 marks the first time for us to support this programme.
The Bursary cum Mentoring Programme has been run by REACH Community Services Society (RCSS) since 2009, and has proven to be successful in helping kids do well academically. The bursary is awarded in two stages: the first payout is given before school starts to help the students purchase learning materials, while the second payout is made after the students complete a year-long tuition program with RCSS, who will monitor their progress.
In addition to making donations, our Singapore team will contribute their time and talent to build ties with the children in a series of fun activities this year, including a visit to our plant and a theme park day trip. Our colleagues will also volunteer to repaint or carry out minor renovations at the homes of the beneficiaries, to help build an environment conducive to studying and living well.
“Children are our future, so we are honored to be supporting REACH in enhancing the lives of the people in the community where we operate,” said Alex Tan, president, Southeast Asia Industrial Gases, Air Products (pictured right, with Ho Siew Cheong, chief executive, RCSS). “In helping children in need to activate their strengths and reach their full potential in life, we also fulfil our company’s deep and continuing commitment to building a sustainable world for everyone.”
Air Products Foundation provides philanthropic contributions to a diversity of initiatives that improve the lives of people in our communities. As one of the non-profit organizations it supports this year, RCSS has been serving a wide range of people in need since 1999, which also include youths-at-risk struggling with delinquency, families facing financial challenges, and destitute seniors.
Air Products Spreads Care to School Children in Malaysia
Volunteers demonstrate our commitment to the local community during primary school visit
Children are our future. When we brighten their lives, we maintain the health and vitality of our communities. Driven by our strong commitment to sustainable growth, Air Products regularly participates in charitable efforts that make a positive difference to children’s education. On 12 January 2016, we extended our care to the students at a primary school in Malaysia.
The primary school is situated in a rural area and equipped with minimal facilities. Its 290 students share two run-down classrooms and a small canteen that can hold only 10 persons. There are no shelters for classroom breaks and no sports field. Moreover, both students and teachers rely on rain water as the only water source. However, the school lacks sufficient funds for refurbishment or expansion of its facilities.
With great enthusiasm, 38 volunteers from Air Products Malaysia and Singapore cleaned and painted the school’s only two classrooms to create a more uplifting learning environment. We also brought snacks and drinks for the children to enjoy while playing quiz games together. In addition, we contributed story books to help the school set up a mini library and donated funds for student activities.
“Caring for our communities is a long-term commitment for our company, and one that we take seriously,” said Alex Tan, president, Southeast Asia Industrial Gases, Air Products. “We recognize the integral role that education plays in a community’s sustainable growth, and therefore we are grateful for this opportunity to create a positive impact on students. We will continue to contribute our time and resources to make the children and other members in our local communities feel the love from society.”