Emeritus Senior Minister attends Dinner with Children from Low Income Families at Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore

Press release   •   Jun 09, 2014 09:18 +08

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong dined with 130 children from low income families at Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore on Friday, 6th June 2014.  The children will not just receive financial assistance but more importantly, a measure of hope that they will be able to pursue a more holistic education.

The financial assistance given to the disadvantaged children and youths in the Marine Parade community is made possible with a program titled :

Children are Our Hope for the Future 2014”

A grand total of over $113,000 was raised during a fund-raising Car Wash on 16th May 2014 including a $30,000 top up from Roxy Pacific Holdings Limited.

The Charity Dinner on 6th June is the culmination of the fundraising drive where the raised funds are distributed in various forms to give children in deprived circumstances a chance to improve their academic performance.

For 7 years, disadvantaged children have been the focus of our community engagement programs.  Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore’s continued support of those kids comes from our strong belief that a child’s education should not be impeded because of difficult financial circumstances at home,’ said Mr Klaus Gottschalk, General Manager of Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore.

Financial Relief for Low-Income Families

130 children from low income families living in the nearby community will each receive $300 from the money raised.  The $300 to be given out to these children will be in the form of $100 of Popular Book Voucher, $100 of NTUC Voucher and $100 cash.

Students from low income families studying in Haig Girls’ School, CHIJ Katong, Ngee Ann Primary School, Tao Nan Primary School & Tanjong Katong Secondary School were identified through their schools.

A further 9 students from Nanyang Polytechnic and 2 children of employees at Accor Hotels in Singapore will receive a $1,000 bursary to pay part of their school fees.  These 11 students will receive their bursaries from Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.

Children are Our Hope for the Future 2014also aims to celebrate family joy and togetherness.  The Charity Dinner brings 130 children and their families together to celebrate simple joys in life over a dinner – a highlight for all participants.

This annual community engagement program is organized by Roxy Pacific Holdings Limited, Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore, Marine Parade Citizens Consultative Committee and co-organised by Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen, Ibis Singapore Novena and Accor Asia Pacific Singapore.

Roxy Children Fund & South East Community Development Council (CDC) - $35,000

Last year The Roxy Children’s Fund was launched as a pilot program with the Marine Parade Family Service Centre. The fund served MPFSC clients by ensuring children from needy and under privileged families to have their basic needs met in spite of the adversities their families are facing - which often are beyond the children’s control.

Upon receiving positive feedback for the pilot program, The Roxy Children’s Fund will be extended to five more Family Service Centers within the South East district this year.

South East CDC, General Manager Mr Kia Siang Wei will receive a cheque of $35,000 from Chairman & CEO from Roxy Pacific Holdings Mr Teo Hong Lim witnessed by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.

Mr Kia Siang Wei, General Manager of South East CDC, said, “We appreciate the heart for the community and the generosity of corporate citizens like Roxy. They exemplify how the haves among us can contribute to the lives of the have-nots. South East CDC will continue to lend its support to corporations like Roxy, who wants to come forward and give to the community, because giving like these can go an unexpectedly long way for those in need.”

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About Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore

Conveniently located just 15 minutes away from Changi International Airport, the family-friendly Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore is nestled in heritage Katong, a historical area on Singapore’s East Coast near the city. A short walk away is East Coast Park with attractive beaches and facilities popular with families. Opposite the hotel is Parkway Parade Shopping Centre, a one-stop shopping destination that caters to every family or the business traveler’s needs. The hotel is within easy access to Singapore’s popular shopping and business hubs in Suntec City and Orchard Road and VivoCity at HarbourFront; Singapore Flyer and the F1 race area at Marina Bay, making it the ideal and centralized location for corporate functions seeking a world that encompasses both work and play. The hotel has 576 guest rooms and suites, choice of four dining outlets, a fully-equipped kitchen to provide a comfortable dining setting, 8 meeting rooms, outdoor swimming pool and a well-equipped fitness centre. It also offers complimentary one-way shuttle service to Paya Lebar MRT Station from Mondays to Fridays at the following stipulated timings: 7.00am, 7.30am, 8.00am, 8.30am, 9.00am and 10.00am. Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore also offers one way complimentary shuttle service to Marina Bay, Esplanade and ION Orchard every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays at 10.00am, 11.00am and 12.00noon. Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore is managed by Accor, a major global group and European leader in hotels.

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