SINGAPORE - Named the Sands for Singapore Festival, the charity drive featured various activities such as a charity walk, charity auctions and gala dinners. "This year's Sands for Singapore Festival was a huge success," said MBS chief executive officer and president George Tanasijevich. "We have demonstrated the spirit of giving back to the local community, through a strong combination of active volunteerism and generous donations from fellow Singaporeans and our overseas visitors."
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Singapore (19 August, 2013) - Marina Bay Sands' Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, Sands for Singapore, capped off its first annual three-day signature charity event, Sands for Singapore Festival on a high note on 18 August, raising over S$3.6 million to benefit local non-profit organisations, exceeding its initial target of $3 million.
The integrated resort was bustling with activities on 16 - 18 August, doing its part for charity and doubling up as an inspirational platform to motivate others to give back to the community. Through various inventive fund-raising events, the Sands for Singapore Festival reached out to a larger audience collectively than what the integrated resort can achieve alone. More than 400 Marina Bay Sands volunteers also donated a total of 1,416 hours during the festival to create additional buzz such as distributing small giveaways to visitors, participating in the ComChest Heartstrings Walk 2013 and more.
"Our first Sands for Singapore Festival was a huge success and this is made possible by the joint efforts between Marina Bay Sands, our partners and of course the larger community who have contributed in every way. We have demonstrated the spirit of giving back to the local community, through a strong combination of active volunteerism and generous donations from fellow Singaporeans and our overseas visitors. I am also honoured that Marina Bay Sands has not only played its part but also inspired others to join us in doing the same," said George Tanasijevich, Chief Executive Officer and President of Marina Bay Sands.
As the biggest event for Sands for Singapore Festival, the co-organised annual ComChest Heartstrings Walk 2013 @ Marina Bay, by Community Chest and Marina Bay Sands, has crossed two milestones this year. It attracted the highest sign-up rate ever, with over 7,200 participants for its charity fun walk and raised a record-setting amount of $1.35 million. In addition, Marina Bay Sands has donated the weekend ticketing proceeds from four of the integrated resort's popular attractions - ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Sampan Ride, Sands SkyPark Observation Deck and Skating Rink - and the net proceeds of Little Sun, a solar-powered lamp selling at ArtScience Museum since 16 July, to Community Chest.
"It is truly a fruitful event for both Marina Bay Sands and Community Chest as we are able to achieve our shared goals of helping the local community. Into the third year of co-organising ComChest Heartstrings Walk 2013 @ Marina Bay and as the grand finale to its first-ever Sands for Singapore Festival, it is heartwarming to see many community partners participating and making a difference to the lives of the disadvantaged in Singapore. We hope to be able to continue this strong partnership with Marina Bay Sands to help those in need," said Ng Ling Ling, General Manager of Community Chest.