YTL PowerSeraya raises $70,000 to provide free lunch to GROW’s beneficiaries with Cerebral Palsy and other associated disabilities

Fund-raising bowling event organised by company will provide more than 20,000 meals to feed 87 beneficiaries for at least a year

Singapore, 10 May 2013 – A group of 87 beneficiaries from the Goodwill, Rehabilitation and Occupational Workshop (GROW) under the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore* has benefitted from the funds raised by integrated energy provider YTL PowerSeraya. An amount of $70,000 has been raised by the company through its first ever organised bowling event involving its staff, customers and business partners to provide lunch to these beneficiaries for at least a year – equivalent to more than 20,000 meals.

GROW, which was officially adopted by YTL PowerSeraya in year 2011, is one of the charitable programmes under Community Chest that is most in need of monetary and non-monetary assistance. It was established by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore in 1984 to provide vocation training for people aged 16 years old and above with Cerebral Palsy and other associated disability conditions.

Close to 100 staff, customers, as well as industry and business partners participated in YTL PowerSeraya’s ‘Charity Bowl-for-Lunch’ evening event held at SuperBowl SAFRA at Mount Faber on 9 May. About 10 GROW beneficiaries were also present to take part in the fun.

John Ng, CEO of YTL PowerSeraya said, “While the company has been doing its part internally to help GROW, this is the first time that we have reached out to our customers and business partners to join us in a cause to help the less advantaged in society. I am encouraged that 17 companies have responded and contributed positively to our fund- raising initiative.”

Jessie Holmberg, Executive Director of Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore, added, “YTL PowerSeraya’s support and commitment towards GROW has helped us greatly in raising the awareness of these 87 beneficiaries under our care. Since we started partnering them, every amount raised has been significant and added a boost to our beneficiaries’ allowance. The amount raised through this initiative is targeted to defray the lunch expenses incurred so that more money may be invested in further opportunities to train their skills for open employment.”

The fund-raising bowling event is part of YTL PowerSeraya’s on-going initiatives to help GROW. Since the partnership started in 2011, the company has held many activities to engage its staff with GROW beneficiaries. Past activities organised have included staff excursions and outings with GROW, celebration of significant or festive events such as Earth Hour and Christmas, as well as craft workshops organised by GROW.

* Previously known as The Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore

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About Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) was established in 1957 to provide early intervention, special education, day activity centre programmes, vocational training and rehabilitation services, for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and associated disabilities, helping them to realise their full potential and to lead a life with respect. It is dedicated to delivering fully integrated programmes and services at the highest standards with passion, integrity, care and excellence. CPAS works on creating awareness of Cerebral Palsy, and advocating equal opportunities for all persons.