Some 170 volunteers from Great Eastern, comprising top management, staff and distribution representatives, rolled up their sleeves and raised $68,950 for the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF).
The Great Eastern Charity Car Wash and CARnival is one of the CSR initiatives under Great Eastern Cares and was held in celebration of the first anniversary of the rebranding of Great Eastern General Insurance and Great Eastern’s 110th
The charity car wash was helmed by Great Eastern Group CEO Khor Hock Seng who, together with Jimmy Tong, Managing Director of General and Group Insurance, Great Eastern General Insurance, as well as volunteers, were kept busy washing a constant stream of cars from the many supporters who purchased car wash packages.
In line with Great Eastern’s commitment to care for the environment, it partnered with EWash to provide waterless environmentally-friendly car washes which saved a massive 95% of water compared to a normal car wash.
Great Eastern also hosted 130 beneficiaries from STSPMF and their family members at the Charity CARnival, where they enjoyed exciting games and were treated to a magic show performance, face painting and other activities, as well as ice-cream.
Commented Jimmy Tong, “As we celebrate the first anniversary of the rebranding of Great Eastern General Insurance, we wanted to mark the occasion by doing something meaningful for the community.
People know us for our insurance products. Be it for business, home, travel, car, fundamental to all the solutions we provide, Great Eastern General Insurance is all about protecting lifestyles and those we care about.
The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund deserves our strong support and we are delighted to raise much needed funds to help needy students from low income families supported by the Fund.
It’s a great turnout of our staff and agent volunteers, partners and supporters, all coming together to make a difference.”
In celebration of our 110th anniversary this year, Great Eastern launched Great Eastern Cares on 31 March 2018 in the presence of President Halimah Yacob, Minister Grace Fu and a 19,000-strong crowd at the National Stadium.
Great Eastern Cares will lend greater focus to the company’s CSR efforts and programmes to promote active volunteerism and caring for the community among our 3,800 staff and 23,000-strong agency force across the Group.
The 2018 Great Eastern Community Shield event was the first of a series of major CSR initiatives lined up for this year. We raised $169,085 from our corporate partners, staff and agency force for the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) which supports 14,000 needy school children.
To symbolically launch Great Eastern Cares, some 450 from the Great Eastern family, business partners, beneficiaries and members from community football clubs came together to form a “community 110” formation at the National Stadium amidst rousing cheers from the crowd.
Great Eastern volunteers befriended and hosted over 300 beneficiaries and family members to an exciting afternoon at the GREAT 110 Football Fiesta. The highlight was the GREAT 110 Kids Football Tournament where 110 children, including the beneficiaries, had a great time in the friendly competition. They were treated to a thrilling match later that evening between Albirex Niigata FC and Tampines Rovers FC who competed for the Great Eastern Community Shield.
In 2017, S$232,894 was raised for our ChildrenCare and GoldenCare beneficiaries – MINDS Fernvale Gardens School for children with special needs and AWWA Community Home for Senior Citizens. The funds support various sports and wellness programmes for the children and active ageing for the needy elderly.
In 2017, we introduced the GEWR mobile app which participants used to do their bit for charity by clocking their klicks. Great Eastern donated S$50 for every 1,000km collectively clocked. Through various other platforms, including Don A Tutu For A Cause, a total of S$57,662 was raised to support two meaningful causes – The Breast Cancer Foundation and The Women’s Health Research and Education Fund.
Engaging in sports plays an important role in promoting health and wellness among children, as well as supports their social development. Annually, we leverage our partnership with the Football Association of Singapore and the Singapore Premier League to organise football clinics for children from low income families where they learn teamwork, perseverance and football skills.
We believe that education is key to building a better future.
In 2017, we contributed S$50,000 to the Nanyang Technological University Sports and Recreation Centre in support of the development of sportsmen and sportswomen of the future. In 2016, we launched the Great Eastern Life Assurance Bursary to provide financial assistance to deserving students from the Nanyang Technological University. As part of our efforts to support education, we contributed S$50,000 to the Lee Kuan Yew Education Fund in 2015.
To mark Great Eastern turning 109 in 2017, 109 employees and distribution representatives planted 50 endangered local native trees at East Coast Park as a contribution to the country’s greening efforts towards a sustainable environment.
During the year, we collaborated with OCBC Bank to host 250 beneficiaries at the Great Egg Cookout Carnival and also co-hosted over 300 beneficiaries with OCBC Bank at the Sports Hub Community Play Day. Volunteers assisted and cheered on the beneficiaries as they tried their hands at various sports activities and fun challenges.