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NTUC Income staff create 1000 terrariums to raise funds for Society for the Physically Disabled

2 Dec 2013

In conjunction with #GivingTuesdaySG, over 800 employees give more than 500 volunteer hours to hand-make terrariums for sale to the public
 
Singapore, 2 December 2013 – NTUC Income will be offering 1000 terrariums, hand-made by its employees, for sale to the public, in support of #GivingTuesdaySG and as part of its commitment to staff volunteerism.
 
Over the last one and a half weeks, NTUC Income employees devoted their lunch and after-office hours to volunteering for the “Give a Terrarium” project, through which staff came forward with their green fingers to help those in need.
 
Collectively, over 800 employees have contributed more than 500 hours within ten days to the project, aimed at raising $20,000 for the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD).  They used a variety of local plants, rocks and decorative items to create unique terrariums.  These are glass enclosures that house miniature plant ecosystems and serve as beautiful decorations for a home or an office.
 
The creations, priced at $20 each, will go on sale at NTUC Income’s branches on #GivingTuesdaySG, which falls on Tuesday, 3 December 2013.  This has been designated a day of nation-wide giving.
 
NTUC Income is one of the campaign’s founding partners.  Giving Tuesday is a movement which started in the United States last year.  In Singapore, it is led by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). 
 
“NTUC Income is happy to play our part on this special day of giving,” said Ken Ng, Chief Executive, NTUC Income.  “It gives us an opportunity to set a record within NTUC Income for staff volunteerism, building on our heritage of service to the community.  While making a positive difference to those in need, we enjoyed coming together to grow a green thumb and learn a new craft.”
 
3 December 2013 is also International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  All terrarium sales proceeds will go to SPD, one of nine beneficiaries under OrangeAid, NTUC Income’s corporate social responsibility programme.
 
“We would like to thank NTUC Income and its staff for dedicating time and effort to support people with disabilities in conjunction with the nation’s first #GivingTuesdaySG.  Every terrarium is customised and reflects people with disabilities as unique individuals, just like anyone else.  They have their strengths and abilities too.  Through the efforts of partners like NTUC Income, their potential can be fully maximised,” said Mr Abhimanyau Pal, Executive Director, SPD.
 
“It was a pleasure offering my time and picking up and imparting a new skill for this project,” said Doris Wong, Senior Executive, Group and Health, NTUC Income, who taught about 40 colleagues to make over 180 terrariums.  “I hope that our customers and members of the public will support our effort by buying a terrarium or two.  They make great Christmas gifts!”
 
To buy a terrarium, visit one of NTUC Income’s five branches tomorrow between 10.30am and 6.30pm.  Branch locations can be found at
 http://www.income.com.sg/event/Give_A_Terrarium/index.asp