Funds raised will go towards Disabled People’s Association to create awareness and engage the community in discussions and initiatives surrounding disability
Singapore, 12 October 2019 – Cheers, the convenience store arm of NTUC FairPrice (FairPrice), ExxonMobil and Hock Cheong Group, today partnered with Disabled People’s Association (DPA) in a charity car wash initiative. All funds raised from the initiative will go towards DPA’s ongoing efforts to support and empower persons with disabilities achieve full participation and equal status in society through independent living.
Mr Seah Kian Peng, CEO, NTUC FairPrice, said, “Cheers alongside our strategic partners – ExxonMobil and Hock Cheong Group – appreciate and acknowledge DPA in its efforts towards empowering and promoting social integration of people with disabilities. Through our collective efforts, we hope to inspire the community to recognise the resilience and strength of people with disabilities and their contributions to society. Together we can strive to create a more caring and inclusive community for all.”
Mr Seah, along with over 30 members of the Cheers and FairPrice senior management team and staff, including volunteers from DPA, came together to wash cars for the cause. For each car washed, drivers were invited to donate S$15 or more to charity, with all proceeds going directly to DPA. The funds raised from the initiative will support DPA’s various initiatives involving public education, training, consultative services, research and advocacy.
Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills, Executive Director, Disabled People’s Association, said, “I would like to thank Cheers and FairPrice for once again choosing to support the work that DPA does. Not only are they helping to raise funds to train up more persons with disabilities to be DPA Inclusion Ambassadors, but they are also donating their valuable time to work alongside our members to make this fundraising event a success. This collaboration demonstrates the important message that DPA stands for. That persons with and without disabilities can work together effectively to help us all build a more inclusive society we can all be proud of.”
This year’s campaign marks the seventh year that Cheers has held the car wash activity with ExxonMobil and Hock Cheong Group to raise funds. Over the years, this initiative has supported various voluntary welfare organisations in the community including Lions Befrienders Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (CARE) and this year, Disabled People’s Association. More than S$57,400 has been contributed to these organisations throughout the years in support of their programmes for the community. Beyond raising funds, these efforts are also part of FairPrice’s and Cheers’ initiative to encourage staff and the public to contribute their time and efforts to do their part for the community through the FairPrice Volunteers’ Programme.