Stay Strong Japan, Ganbatte Ne!
CapitaLand rallies its own to extend a helping hand for earthquake relief efforts
Issue: May 2011
Mr Liew Mun Leong, president and CEO of CapitaLand Group, presented a S$250,000 donation to Yoichi Suzuki, the Ambassador of Japan to Singapore to support earthquake relief efforts focusing on children in Japan
After the earthquake followed by a tsunami shook Japan on March 11, the north-eastern part of the country became devastated. The international community rallied around Japan and its people to help them rebuild the areas affected by the tragic disaster.
Being present in 13 cities in Japan, CapitaLand is one company that stepped forward readily to render help in this crucial period as caring for the community it has presence in has always been an important part of CapitaLand’s corporate culture.
In March, CapitaLand set up collection boxes in its various international offices groupwide for donations from staff, of whom many have expressed their concern for the well-being of Japan and their intention to help. CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand committed to matching dollar to dollar for the donations collected. The donations will benefit "Save the Children Japan"
(http://www.savechildren.or.jp/index.html), a voluntary welfare organization which has started their activities in the affected area since March 12, focusing on providing psychological support to the children affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
"It is very heart-warming to see our staff rallying to stand in solidarity with the people in Japan during this very difficult time. Contributing to the well-being of the community we operate in is one of our core values at CapitaLand. Our staff are living up to this value as a corporate family. We hope that the money raised can bring some relief to those whose lives have been disrupted by the natural disaster," said Tan Seng Chai, Chief Human Resource Officer of CapitaLand Limited.
CapitaLand raised a total of S$250,000 of donations for the beneficiary. Mr Liew Mun Leong, president and CEO of CapitaLand Group presented the cheque donation to Yoichi Suzuki, the Ambassador of Japan to Singapore on April 15.
"On behalf of fellow Japanese, I would like to express gratitude to the CapitaLand family for extending support to the Japan community. I believe we will be able to overcome the odds and come out of this disaster stronger," said Sasaki Jungo, Country Head of CapitaLand Japan.
Donation boxes were placed at Ascott serviced residences for staff and residents who would like to render help for the earthquake relief efforts in Japan
Assistance Beyond Funds
The tsunami has wiped out many homes and displaced many people.
Going beyond financial aid, The Ascott Limited, a wholly-owned serviced residence subsidiary of CapitaLand, has offered complimentary long-distance phone calls to Japan for residents who want to check on their family and friends in Japan. This is in addition to donation boxes placed at the front desk for residents who wish to participate in CapitaLand’s donation drive for earthquake relief efforts.
While children staying at the serviced residence could not chip in in monetary terms, they made paper cranes and placed them around the donation box as a symbol of prayer for the victims of the earthquake.
Cherie Chen, a guest from Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto, received help from the guest service officer in arranging for air tickets to the United States following the disaster to allay worries at home.
"I am grateful for your staff's help as I tried to find a way home when I couldn't travel to Tokyo as planned. Yuki from the daytime shift was especially great," said Chen.
Mrs Noriko Otsuki, a guest staying at Somerset Liang Court Singapore, was very touched and surprised by CapitaLand’s efforts to help the Japan community. She shared with the residence manager that she did not expect Ascott and CapitaLand would go this extra mile. She has been spreading the word to all her friends on CapitaLand’s efforts and has requested to be updated on the progress of our earthquake relief support initiatives to share the good news of a caring international corporate community to her friends.
In the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, CapitaLand staff also donated to support the quake relief efforts in China. With the support of CapitaLand Hope Foundation, CapitaLand committed to build one Earthquake Relief Hope School and four more Hope Schools in Sichuan Province, providing the children a conducive and earthquake-proof building to study and build a better future for themselves.