Press Release 08 Jan 2020

THREE-FOLD INCREASE IN PARTNERS TO WARM HEARTS OF 20,000 RESIDENTS IN RENTAL BLOCKS

Annual Service Weeks flagship programme, North West CDC rallies companies, schools and its volunteer network   

                        North West Community Development Council (CDC) annual flagship event, WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks will see a three-fold increase in corporate and community partners, from 20 back in 2014’s inaugural run, to 63 in 2020 – the seventh instalment of the event. This year,1,600 volunteers will conduct door-to-door visits, as well as pack and distribute WeCare Festive Packs comprising healthier choice items such as coffee with less sugar, oats biscuits as well as non-fried instant noodles. Through this collaborative effort, corporate partners, community organisations, schools as well as volunteers will be spreading festive joy and lifting the spirits of some 20,000 residents from 6,500 families living in the North West District’s rental blocks.

2                     Taking a broader view of WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks , Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West District, says, “The North West CDC has always been promoting a culture of giving back. It is the collective effort of our 3P partners that make this initiative possible.”

3                      One example of a longstanding partner is Tai Sin Electric Group, which has been on board the programme since 2015. Mr Dennis Poon, Business Manager of Tai Sin Electric Group, shared: “We have been actively in WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks since 2015 and it has since been a part of our company culture. Every year we will mark it down in our calendars and rally our fellow colleagues to join and volunteer.” A new corporate partner which came on board this year is D-Team Engineering Pte. Ltd. Mr Derek Wu, Director of D-Team Engineering Pte. Ltd., added, “As a Club-100 @ North West member, I had a fruitful experience joining the packing and distributing of festive packs last year. This year, I managed to encourage 30 staff from my company to join this meaningful initiative.” (see Annex A for profiles of corporate partners)

4                     This year’s programme is timed before the Chinese New Year festivities, with the distribution drive taking place over 3 weeks from 5 January 2020 to 19 January 2020. The main launch event will be held at Sembawang Division on 11 January 2020, and graced by Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure & Minister for Transport, Adviser to Sembawang GROs (see para. 7 for sites open to media)

5                      Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure & Minister for Transport, Adviser to Sembawang GROs, says, “The WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks initiative is a meaningful effort to help the needy. It is also important to promote a spirit of giving back among the community.”

6                      Held annually since 2014, the WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks programme provides a platform for community and corporate volunteers to give back to the community by engaging low-income families through house visits, and also in packing and distributing the WeCare Festive Packs. Some partners have also extended their contributions by providing additional household items, home improvement services, spring cleaning services or even organised block parties for the residents. 
 

Media Invite

7                      Media friends are invited to join WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks to experience the initiative first-hand and join North West CDC and partners in the packing and distribution. You and your photographer / camera crew are cordially invited to the following sessions:

 

  1. Main Launch Site of WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks (Sembawang)

    Date                           : Saturday, 11 January 2020

    Media arrival            : 10.45am

    Venue                        : Blk 785A Woodlands Rise, S731785

    GOH                           : Mr Khaw Boon Wan

    Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure & Minister for Transport

    Adviser to Sembawang GROs

     

    Host                           : Mayor Dr Teo Ho Pin

    Mayor of North West District

    Adviser to Bukit Panjang GROs

 

 

  1. WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks (Gambas)

    Date                           : Friday, 10 January 2019

    Media arrival            : 7.15pm

    Venue                        : Blk 106A/B Canberra Street, S751106

    GOH                           : Mr Ong Ye Kung

  Minister for Education

Adviser to Gambas GROs

 

 

  1. WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks (Chong Pang)

    Date                           : Saturday, 11 January 2019

    Media arrival            : 11.15am

    Venue                        : Blk 162 Yishun Street 11, S760162

    GOH                           : Mr K Shanmugam

    Minister for Home Affairs & Law

    Adviser to Chong Pang GROs

     


 

  1. WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks (Limbang)

    Date                           : Saturday, 18 January 2019

    Media arrival            : 10.30am

    Venue                        : Blk 537 Choa Chu Kang Street 51, S680537

    GOH                           : Mr Lawrence Wong

  Minister for National Development &

  Second Minister for Finance

  Adviser to Limbang GROs

 

 

 

Enclosed:

 

  1. Annex A – Media profile stories of volunteers and partners

  2. Annex B – Programme for WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks (Sembawang)

  3. Annex C – Programme for WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks
    (Gambas)

  4. Annex D – Programme for WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks
    (Chong Pang)

  5. Annex E - Full schedule of the 3-week campaign for WeCare @ North West - Service Weeks


 

About North West Community Development Council (CDC)

 

The Community Development Councils (CDCs) were established to build a tightly-knit, compassionate and self-reliant community.

 

North West CDC works closely with various community and corporate partners to strengthen Singapore’s social fabric; and encourages the more able and successful to come forward to help the less successful, and to foster greater sense of community ownership and self-help among the residents.

 

We strive to align our activities and efforts with our mission:

(a) Assisting the needy

To help the less fortunate through local assistance programmes

(b) Bonding the people

To bond the community through projects & programmes to bring them closer to one another

(c) Connecting the community

To develop strategic partnerships with corporate and community partners to better serve our residents

 

 

 

Contact Person for Media: 

Please RSVP to the respective media officer before the day of event, 5.00pm.

 

WeCare @ North West – Service Weeks

 

Derrick Chua (Mr)

Manager (Corporate Communications)

North West Community Development Council

Tel                   :  6248 5553

HP                  :  9827 3533

E-mail :  Derrick_CHUA@pa.gov.sg

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