BreadTalk to organise a festive get-together with the elderly

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THIS CHRISTMAS, BREADTALK GROUP BRINGS THE SPIRIT OF TOGETHERNESS TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

This initiative is part of BreadTalk Group’s CSR effort in driving the spirit of employee volunteerism in giving back to the local community

BreadTalk to organise a festive get-together with the elderly

 

This merry season, to rekindle the local ‘kampong’ spirit of
togetherness and bonding within the local community, Singapore’s homegrown lifestyle food and
beverage (F&B) company, BreadTalk Group, partnered with Lions Befrienders, to organise a
festive get-together with the elderly members at its Bendemeer Senior Activity Centre today.

 

BreadTalk to organise a festive get-together with the elderly

 

Lions Befrienders is a Social Service Agency founded by the Lions Clubs of Singapore and a
Lions District Project in 1995. It aims to provide friendship and care for seniors to age in place
with community participation, enabling them to enjoy meaningful and enriching lives.

 

BreadTalk to organise a festive get-together with the elderly

 

Celebrating Christmas with Elderly from Lions Befrienders
About 40 elderly from the centre were treated to the warmth
of a Christmas tea-time feast – with an array of delicious
breads from BreadTalk’s new Christmas collection and
freshly brewed traditional Nanyang Kopi and Teh from
Toast Box. Over 20 volunteers from BreadTalk Group’s
headquarters and business divisions – BreadTalk, Toast
Box, Food Republic, Din Tai Fung and Sō Ramen came
together to plan this event. In addition, 140 underprivileged residents around the estate and
elderly from Lions Befrienders also received gift packs contributed by the Group.

 

BreadTalk to organise a festive get-together with the elderly

 

BreadTalk Group’s volunteers also gave away gift hampers packed in a thermal storage bag.
Each hamper consists of local breakfast favourites such as BreadTalk’s Hainanese and Nyonya
Kaya spread, Toast Box’s Kopi sachets as well as old-school snacks. These hampers were also
hand-delivered door-to-door to 100 underprivileged residents living in the Bendemeer estate.
Don Ching, Operations Manager from Food Republic said, “This is a great corporate initiative and
a valuable opportunity for employees like myself, to volunteer and give back to the community.
I had a fruitful afternoon interacting with the elderly and making new friends. It was a deeply
rewarding experience to see that our small efforts can bring a smile to their faces.”

 

BreadTalk to organise a festive get-together with the elderly

 

BreadTalk Group’s Employee CSR Off Day – encouraging volunteerism from within
BreadTalk Group has been promoting the culture of giving since it was founded. Besides doing
good in the community as a company, employees are also encouraged to contribute back to the
society as an individual.

 

BreadTalk to organise a festive get-together with the elderly

 

In 2017, the Group initiated an “Employee CSR Off Day” to further encourage and build a culture
of employee volunteerism beyond the organization. The initiative was developed after receiving
feedback from employees that some would have been supporting other communities or causes
that they value. By making it an official off day, it will encourage them to take time to do what
otherwise would have been taken from their annual leave entitlements. Since the initiative started,
the take-up rate has been encouraging, with this year having a 75% increase in the number of
employees taking the leave to do good as compared to last year.

 

BreadTalk to organise a festive get-together with the elderly

 

Apart from instilling internal employee volunteerism, the Group will also create the platform for
their employees to give their time for meaningful work. Past events have seen them creating
cupcake decorating workshop for parent-child bonding, inviting communities to their office
headquarters – BreadTalk IHQ at Tai Seng, to bond over a meal where the senior management
also took time off to engage the local communities.

 

BreadTalk to organise a festive get-together with the elderly

 

Ms Joanne Wong, Brand Director for Group Corporate Affairs and Communications from
BreadTalk Group said, “Giving back has always been our company’s core value. Busy schedules
sometimes turn to excuses and hence, doing something meaningful like this not only reminds us that we are part of the community but also to always take time to give. It also encourages bonding
amongst our colleagues as we plan together for an event like this. This year, we are privileged to
partner Lions Befrienders to bring festive cheer to the elderly at the centre. We look forward to
provide more opportunities for our employees to do good in the society.”

 

BreadTalk to organise a festive get-together with the elderly

 

Chairman, Mr Anthony Tay, PPA, PBM from Lions Befrienders shared, “We are heartened to have
the support of a local brand like BreadTalk Group to come together and liven up the atmosphere
for our elderly. This season of giving, we hope to encourage more to come forward and contribute
in any ways that they can, whether it is spending time or lending a helping hand to those in need.”

 

BreadTalk to organise a festive get-together with the elderly

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