CDL management and employee volunteers bring festive cheer to Henderson Senior Citizens’ Home residents

  • 2015 marks CDL’s 10th year of organising the festive Chinese New Year Luncheon, hosted by Mrs Cecilia Kwek
  • CDL employees contributed 3,005 volunteer hours with 75% participation rate in 2014

Led by members of the CDL senior management team, City Sunshine Club (CSC) volunteers brought festive joy and fun to some 50 elderly residents from the Henderson Senior Citizens’ Home.

Singapore, 2 March 2015 – The Lunar New Year is a great time for gathering and sharing, especially to share the festive joy with the elderly. On 28 February, CDL management representatives and volunteers from City Sunshine Club (CSC) – CDL’s employee volunteer platform – celebrated the spring festival by treating nearly 50 elderly residents from the Henderson Senior Citizens’ Home to an auspicious Chinese New Year luncheon.

Held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore’s Grand Shanghai restaurant, the luncheon was hosted by Mrs Cecilia Kwek, wife of CDL Executive Chairman Mr Kwek Leng Beng, who was joined by CDL senior executives including Chief Investment Officer Mr Sherman Kwek and Chief Strategy Officer Mr Kwek Eik Sheng, as well as employee volunteers.

This festive gathering has been a fond tradition since 2002, and this is the 10th year that CSC has organised this luncheon for beneficiaries from Henderson Senior Citizens’ Home.

Beyond a sumptuous spread, the beneficiaries were also treated to medley of entertaining and energetic performances by the CDL management, which included Mr Sherman Kwek, Mr Kwek Eik Sheng, Chief Executive Officer Mr Grant Kelley and Group General Manager Mr Chia Ngiang Hong. At the end of the luncheon, the beneficiaries were presented with mandarin oranges and red packets, jointly gifted by CDL and Mrs Kwek’s contributions, which signify well-wishes for good health and an auspicious new lunar year ahead.

Initiated in 1999, CSC provides CDL employees with opportunities to engage meaningfully with community partners in providing support to the less fortunate through befriending, youth mentorship and sharing of expertise. In 2014, CDL employees achieved a total of 3,005 volunteer hours with participation rate of 75%.

Mrs Cecilia Kwek (left) shares a hearty laugh with a beneficiary, with CDL Chief Investment Officer Mr Sherman Kwek (centre), as she presents an auspicious gift to a beneficiary.

Microphone and song sheet in hand, CDL Chief Investment Officer Mr Sherman Kwek (left) and CDL Chief Strategy Officer Mr Kwek Eik Sheng (right) regale the beneficiaries with festive tunes.

Mrs Cecilia Kwek (right) joining the elderly beneficiaries and CSC volunteers (in blue) to cha-cha during the Chinese New Year festive luncheon at Grand Shanghai restaurant.

Celebratory Lo-hei: CSC volunteer (in blue) joining the beneficiaries to toss “yusheng” for good fortune in the year ahead.

Residents of the Henderson Senior Citizens’ Home enjoying the entertaining performances by CDL management and employee volunteers.