Published on : Monday, November 30, 2015
The Stars of Christmas community programme jointly championed by OUE Limited and Mandarin Orchard Singapore is back for the sixth year running. Started in 2010, the three-part programme is aimed at engaging the community to share in the joy of giving every Christmas by contributing presents to children with special needs and illnesses. Stars of Christmas has since become an annual tradition that has gained the generous support of a growing list of corporate partners, donors and volunteers.
Leading the cast of supporting partners are Chrysler Jeep Automotive of Singapore Pte Ltd, Komoco Motorcycles Pte Ltd (Harley-Davidson of Singapore – Sole Authorised Dealer), and Community Chest – the fund-raising and engagement arm of the National Council of Social Service. This year also sees the added participation of Marina Mandarin Singapore.
Stars of Christmas 2015 commenced with the ceremonial hanging of Christmas stars at the lobby of Mandarin Orchard Singapore, led by OUE Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Mr Thio Gim Hock. Stars adorning giant Christmas trees at Mandarin Orchard Singapore and Marina Mandarin Singapore bear the name, age and gender of every beneficiary, for donors’ useful reference when buying the presents.
On 10th December, beneficiaries of Stars of Christmas 2015 along with their parents, siblings, and caregivers, will be guests of honour at a Christmas luncheon hosted by OUE Executive Chairman, Dr Stephen Riady. The children will join employees of OUE and its affiliate companies for an afternoon of Christmas treats and entertainment at Mandarin Orchard Singapore, featuring a visit from Santa and his helpers who will be giving out presents.
Stars of Christmas 2015 ends on an unprecedented note with the participation of world class tennis players Goran Ivanisevic and Jarmila Gajdosova at a Toy Run activity that will be open to members of the public on the morning of 19th December. The event will see a fleet of volunteers riding their Jeeps and Harley-Davidson motorcycles along the Orchard Road frontage of Mandarin Gallery. The convoy then sets off just before 9.00am, making for a festive spectacle on Orchard Road as the riders make their way to various children’s homes and hospitals to deliver donated Christmas presents.
Upwards of 800 beneficiaries will be receiving presents under this year’s Stars of Christmas community programme.