A great week to give more

We ended the year on a meaningful high with Giving week!

The national movement, which ran from 1-7 Dec this year, celebrates the spirit of giving and saw DBS ramp up our year-round People of Purpose (PoP) activities.

Our PoP stars brought kids a-bouncing, donated items from colleagues to families who need them more, created some beautiful paintings with the elderly, and cooked some delicious soup with them too!

We caught up with a few of the participants to hear of their experiences.

Ooi Pin Pin and her team took the kids from Lakeside Family Services out for a fun-filled day at the Canopy Park at Jewel Changi Airport. The excitement was palpable – from both the kids and adults!

“I think the aha moment for me is the realisation of ‘giving is gaining’ - I had so much fun exploring the park with the kids, that it doesn’t feel like I’m helping others, I’m definitely gaining more than giving.”

– Ooi Pin Pin, Consumer Banking Group Analytics, DBS

It seems that the kids too, had an awesome day out.

“Thank you DBS for giving our kids a generous Christmas blessing! They are still talking about how much fun they had at Jewel Canopy Park. Not all of them are able to go overseas, so this experience is something they can share with their friends at school.”

– Faith Kwan, Supervisor, Lakeside Student Care (Jurong East)

At the Anglican Senior Activity Centre (Woodlands), Ng Lay Hua cooked a healthy, tasty soup for the elderly.

“I like to cook with the elderly because while preparing the food together, they were able to share their valuable experiences with me. I can learn some life lessons from them too other than cooking techniques. I also appreciate my interactions with them and find it very meaningful.”

– Ng lay Hua, Analyst at Risk Management Group, DBS.

Together with her colleagues, she did some light exercises with the group to encourage active ageing!

Over at Halogen Foundation Singapore, Sheetal Kumar dug deep into his artistic side as he guided the seniors from Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre (AMKFSC) to create some impressive artwork.

“It is amazing how Arts brought everyone together and left a lasting, positive impact. I was touched by their love and sincerity. Working together with the elderly, and I discovered the lost joy of expression on a canvas with no limit. A true sense of accomplishment that is lost in the digital age”

– Sheetal Kumar, Institutional Banking Group, DBS.

The team certainly made an impact painting with the seniors. Mdm Tan from AMKFSC even exclaimed after the workshop, ‘If there is a next session, I would still like to go!”