Monday, 13 January 2014

NTUC FairPrice clinches top honours at YMCA Volunteer Awards

YMCA of Singapore honoured the achievements and selfless service of 42 individuals and corporations at the annual YMCA-Lim Kim San Volunteers Programme Volunteer Awards Night 2014.

The awards ceremony was held on 10 January 2014 and Mr Stephen Loh, President, YMCA of Singapore, hosted the volunteers who had given their time and effort to touch lives and lift spirits of the less privileged.

Among the corporate organisations, NTUC FairPrice Co-operative Ltd took home the Outstanding Corporate Volunteerism Award, which recognised the very significant contributions made by an organisation towards the YMCA or its programmes. NTUC Fairprice’s employees consistently volunteered in YMCA’s community service programmes and collectively contributed some 1,400 hours of service in 2013 to bring cheer to the less privileged. 

Ms Angeline Kwong, Manager (Volunteer Management) of NTUC FairPrice, said that the award serves as a catalyst for the organisation to continue to serve the community. 

NTUC FairPrice Co-operative Ltd was founded by the Labour Movement in 1973, with a social mission to moderate the cost of living in Singapore. We have expanded our role by practicising Corporate Social Responsibility, in which Volunteerism is one of its pillars under the Community Care Pillar. We had only begun our structured volunteering programme two years ago and we had not looked back since,” explained Ms Kwong.

Ms Kwong also elaborated on the Award’s meaning to NTUC FairPrice, “It is indeed a humbling experience for us to be awarded as the ‘Outstanding Corporate Volunteer’ for 2014. This award serves, not just as a reminder about our service to the less fortunate but also, as motivation to do better."  

As one of the recipients of the Outstanding Volunteer Award, Mr Joachim Goh also shares the same sentiment as NTUC Fairprice. “I am really humbled to receive such an award for something that I always love doing and will continue to love doing. It [the award] will serve as a motivation for me to continue to inspire others,” he said. 

The Outstanding Volunteer Award recognises the significant impact made to the YMCA or YMCA programmes through leadership and service contributions by a volunteer. Mr Goh not only served in a medical camp in Sri Lanka to assist medical staff to provide aid to the ill and injured, he also served as a mentor to other volunteers on trips.

“I was surprised when I first received the news of being nominated as an award winner,” said the 27 year-old Mr Goh, who works at KPMG – which coincidentally was a recipient in the Corporate Volunteerism Award (Special Mention). “I just hope that from my little contribution, the beneficiaries would always be safe and healthy. I also wish to dedicate this award to other volunteers for their contributions in serving others."

In delivering the Vote of Thanks, Mr Teo Zi Ming, YMCA Board Director and Chairman of the Volunteer Awards Committee acknowledged that the success of YMCA's ability in delivering its various programmes to the beneficiaries is only possible through the dedication, commitment and service of YMCA volunteers.

Besides the Outstanding Corporate Volunteerism and Outstanding Volunteer Awards, four other awards – Corporate Volunteerism Award (Special Mention), Sustained Volunteerism Award (Corporate), Volunteer Award (Special Mention) and Sustained Volunteerism Award (Individual) – were presented.

The full list of awards recipients are as follows: 

Volunteer Award (Special Mention)
Chan Anna
Soon Chun Mun
Chan, Gavin
Cheah Seng Teong
Chien Sy Jia 
Choo Ying Ci 
Choong Wen Tai, Wayne
Ee Zhen Ying
Fung Ying Hui, Josephina 
Hazmi Aris Bin Hazam Aris 
How Zhi Yong 
Lau Lee Min 
Lautner  Olivia
Lim Yue Jia, Livia
Mohamed Gazalli Bin Abdul Malik 
Ng Poh Hwee, Sean
Ong Zhi Hao, Timothy
Phua Yee Min, Delphine
Tan Ding Jie 
Tan Gareth 
Wee Wan Sin, Francine 
You Weiren

Corporate Volunteerism Award (Special Mention)
3M Singapore
Citi Singapore
ESRI Singapore
Foo Kon Tan Grant Thornton LLP
KPMG Service Pte Ltd 
United Parcel Service Singapore
DHL Global Mail (Singapore Pte Ltd)
Superior Multi-Packaging Limited

Sustained Volunteerism Award (Individual)
Hazmi Aris Bin Hazam Aris
Huang Kun Cheng, Tom
Ling Wui Hou
Loh Guo Sheng
Ong Pei Yu, Mabel 
Ong Valerie 
Tham Yining 
Tan Manru 
Wee Wan Sin, Francine 
Sustained Volunteerism Award (Corporate)
Credit Suisse

Outstanding Volunteer Award
Goh Joachim
Ong Pei Yu, Mabel
Zhao Wen Wei

Outstanding Corporate Volunteerism Award
NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Ltd

To view photos from the event, please click here.

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