Over 1,100 vulnerable households receive household packs under Adopt @ South West programme

Extracts from a press release by South West CDC on Sep 7, 2023. 
  • More than 300 ExxonMobil staff volunteers and their families were involved in the distribution
  • Household packs specially curated to provide households with daily necessities

SINGAPORE - Mr. Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development, Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration and Adviser to Boon Lay Grassroots Organisations, and Mr. Ang Wei Neng, Vice Chairman of South West Community Development Council, joined over 300 volunteers from ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. to distribute household packs to 1,100 vulnerable households in Boon Lay Division on Sep 9, 2023. This is the 13th year of partnership between the South West CDC and ExxonMobil on the Household Pack Distribution as part of Adopt @ Boon Lay.

This year's Household Pack contains an assortment of essential household items, groceries and food items.

"We are appreciative of the unwavering support from partners such as ExxonMobil and the dedication and passion of the volunteers and their families to do good for the community. The Household Packs are timely to help our residents defray their expenses. It is through such collective efforts that we can strengthen community resilience and build a more caring nation," said Minister Desmond Lee.

Geraldine Chin, chairman and managing director, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. said: "It is a privilege for us to be here every year to serve the Boon Lay community. It is especially meaningful to gather over 300 employees and their family and friends, to give back to society. This year, we are reaching out to more residents, increasing the number of households in our outreach by 10 per cent. We have worked closely with South West CDC in the selection of items for the grocery bags to ensure they meet the residents' needs. We would like to thank our partners at South West CDC for their close cooperation over the past 20 years, and we look forward to continuing this meaningful initiative for many more years to come."

Mr. Sreeraj Choorakad, Singapore Resid Upgrade Project safety lead at ExxonMobil, has been with the company for 17 years. The seasoned volunteer of the annual Household Pack distribution strongly encourages his fellow teammates to join him. He shared: "'Be the change you want to see in the world' is one of my favourite quotes by Mahatma Gandhi, and something I strongly believe in. I find a sense of fulfilment in being able to help the less fortunate. By giving, I find myself receiving so much more in return... Through volunteering, it fosters a sense of compassion and empathy for my children and I hope to inspire others to do so."

2023 marks 130 years of ExxonMobil's presence in Singapore and 20 years of partnership with the South West CDC. ExxonMobil is committed to making a long-term positive impact in the communities where it operates. Apart from Adopt @ Boon Lay, ExxonMobil has actively given back to the community through the South West CDC-ExxonMobil Transport Bursary to help students from vulnerable families defray their transport expenses. The bursary, matched dollar-for-dollar by the CDC, is worth S$140,000 and will support over 900 students in the South West District this year.

View the South West CDC media invite and press release here.

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