[Editor's Note: This post was written by Philicia Tan and Jonathan Vista from our team at Marina Bay Sands]. 

From 13-14 October, we were privileged to join a group of 40 Team Member volunteers in two very special events: The American Chamber of Commerce Singapore’s (AmCham) Corporate Community Day and the Singapore Association for the Deaf’s (SADeaf’s) Walk and Fly with Me event.

For AmCham’s Corporate Community Day, 40 children from Metta School toured the Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal exhibition at ArtScience Museum and tried their hand at the silkscreen-printing workshop. U.S.  Ambassador to Singapore, David Adelman, witnessed the check presentation of S$150,000 to Metta School to build 4 hospitality training rooms, including kitchens for food preparation and baking, one apartment suite and mock hotel room in the school’s new building, that will provide its hospitality students an ideal environment for training in food preparation, baking and housekeeping.

U.S. Ambassador to Singapore David Adelman (left), Ms Melison See, Principal of Metta School (middle) and Robert Harayda, Senior Vice President of Finance of Marina Bay Sands (right)

Jaybeth A. Gonzalez, a Team Member volunteer from Slots, was at both events and was in awe when she interacted with the students. “The event was so memorable! Last year, I volunteered for Children’s Day at Metta School. After that, I promised myself that I would continue participating in charity work. This is my way of giving thanks and giving back for all the blessings I have received,” she said. Jaybeth celebrated her birthday on Saturday during the AmCham Corporate Community Day and gave birth to a baby boy on 23 October, just ten days later.

Team Member volunteers were allocated to various booths, which included a Marina Bay Sands booth that hosted the Pong Tac Toe challenge at SADeaf’s Walk and Fly with Me event that was held at the Marina Barrage on Sunday, 14 October. The event was graced by Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan.

Team Member volunteers showing the sign language sign for Marina Bay Sands at the SADeafWalk and Fly with Me event

“It was a great day and it was so heartwarming to see so many of the children visit our booth. They were so cheerful and energetic. I was happy to help out,” said Team Member volunteer Linda Ong from Development, Program Management and Design.

True volunteer spirit stems from having the genuine desire to serve others, wholeheartedly and passionately.  We have both learned to appreciate the value of giving more than receiving, which makes our volunteering truly rewarding.

Team Member volunteers with distinguished guests and students of Metta School

Team Member volunteers with the students from Metta School

Team Member volunteers all set to welcome guests for the Pong Tac Toe challenge!

Operations Manager from Security Danny Lee striking a pose at the food stall with a fellow volunteer

Administrator for Development, Program Management and Design, Linda Ong at one of the stalls.

Jaybeth (left) with her fellow Team Member Volunteers