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CapitaLand and Ascott help kids back at school

Released at: 16:36, 08/09/2015

CapitaLand and Ascott help kids back at school

Volunteers head to Hope Schools in Mekong Delta and the north with gifts and donations.

by Hoang Thu

CapitaLand Vietnam and CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited, has organized several activities to support children going back to school for the new 2015-2016 school year.

CapitaLand and Ascott volunteers, including board members, senior management, and staff, recently visited two CapitaLand Hope Schools (the Thanh Phuoc A Hope School in the Mekong Delta province of Long An and the Nang Yen Hope School in northern Phu Tho province) and attended new school year ceremonies with teachers and students.

To mark the start of the new school year CapitaLand and Ascott presented stationery, schoolbags, and shoes to around 500 students.

They also provided assistance totaling VND50 million ($2,225) to 277 poor students, together with lanterns, milk, cakes, and candies from the volunteers.

Since 2011 CapitaLand has helped build the Nang Yen Hope School and Thanh Phuoc A Hope School as well as upgraded existing school facilities, according to Mr. Lim Hua Tiong, General Manager of CapitaLand Vietnam, North Office.

“Beyond donations, we are also committed to giving time and attention to the schoolchildren through volunteer expeditions,” he said. “The schoolbags and shoes we donated symbolize the potential of every child to achieve greatness through education and the hope for a better future.”

The company’s staff also created a festive ambiance, playing interactive games, teaching with hand-made toys, and cooking western food.

A donation of VND200 million ($8,896) to the “Support Vietnamese Children Going to School” campaign was contributed by CapitaLand and The Ascott’s staff through various fund raising activities held in July and August.

Apart from building Hope Schools, CapitaLand Vietnam and The Ascott have also organized various corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, such as blood donation drives, first aid training, and various activities for street children.

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