St Luke’s ElderCare
During their monthly visit to Telok Blangah daycare centre, PSA volunteers lead seniors in simple carnival games and Bingo to stimulate and boost their cognitive abilities. They also hold festive celebrations such as Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn and Christmas, and organise outings to places like Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Flyer, S.E.A. Aquarium etc. so that the seniors can have a break away from their daily centre routine.
HCA Hospice Care
Once a month, PSA volunteers prepare lunch for the patients, lead them in simple exercises and teach them simple handicraft at either of their two daycare centres at Jalan Tan Tock Seng (HQ) and Masiling Drive. In addition, a pool of PSA volunteer drivers ferry patients in HCA vehicles to their medical appointments.
Since most of the patients are wheelchair-bound, volunteers take them out for movies and Chinese New Year grocery shopping etc. as a treat.
National University Health System (NUHS)
Upon receiving ad hoc requests, PSA volunteers paint or clean needy patients’ houses.
In collaboration with Lions Befrienders, volunteers make monthly home visits to elderly patients identified as “Frequent Admitters” (2 to 3 volunteers in a team). Volunteers befriend the patients and ensure their well-being.
This is a residential home run by The Salvation army to care for children and youths who are unable to be cared for by their own families. Other than donations, cash and in-kind, our volunteers organise sports activities, designed to build character and develop perseverance, for the young residents at least twice a year.
Building New Schools
After visiting the flooded village El Soberbio last year, Exolgan employees decided to continue their donation campaign for the local children. They organized a raffle and gathered enough
funds to build an entire new school!
The inauguration of the new school was held on May 8th. Exolgan also visited other schools in the area and released an additional campaign named ‘Solidary Wednesday’, where Exolgan employees are invited to donate food to provide to the schools that were affected.
The ‘Alongside’ Exhibition
PSA Antwerp sponsored a solo art exhibition called ‘Alongside’, by Belgian artist Daisy Boman. For almost a month, the lobby of the PSA Antwerp HQ served as a public exposition space, open to visitors from Monday till Friday during office hours. It is a joy for employees working alongside these great artworks!
Internal Sponsorship Social Projects
In Belgium, PSA Antwerp and PSA Zeebrugge decided to reserve a part of the CSR budget to support social projects in which PSA staff is actively involved. All employees were given the opportunity to present a social cause or project that meets the demands for this type of sponsorship (locally focussed, clear social objectives, wide target group and active involvement of the employee).
From all the entries received, five projects were selected and awarded 500 euros each, to support the operations and execution of the project. The five winning social projects were:
- sailing trips for children with problematic family backgrounds.
- an organization that supports people with autism.
- Belgian center for guide dogs.
- a school for children with mental or physical disabilities.
- an organization that organizes trips for people with disabilities.
The New Belgica Project
Since 2012, PSA Antwerp and PSA Zeebrugge have been partner to the ‘New Belgica’; a social project whereby unemployed youngsters are given training and employment opportunities by building a museum replica of the original ‘Belgica’ sailing vessel. With this original vessel, the famous Belgian Adrien De Gerlache sailed to Antarctica in 1897 to become the first man ever to explore the continent. In June 2015, PSA Antwerp and PSA Zeebrugge employees set course to visit the construction yard where the replica is being built today.
Learn more about the New Belgica Project.
PSA Antwerp & PSA Zeebrugge staff cycle 1,000 kilometres for Charity
During the last weekend of May 2014, PSA Antwerp and PSA Zeebrugge participated in the fifth edition of the Belgian Cancer Foundation’s “1000km cycling event” with eight enthusiastic cyclists. The intention of this three-day event is to raise money for the Belgian Cancer Foundation, which distributes the received donations to several purposes: diagnosis and therapy of residual tumor cells with as aim to increase the survival chances and enhance the quality of life of cancer patients. Together with 3,000 others, the PSA team jointly cycled over 1,000km in four days. PSA sponsored the starting fee of the team and the cycling event spontaneously sparked off other staff initiatives to raise additional funds. The “smell of the place” was splendiferous as employees sold ‘handmade ‘Fish! cookies’, breakfasts and hot dogs to raise money. Also Tombola actions and even a ‘Sailplane Flight event’ were launched by staff members to collect additional funds. Thanks to these creative inititaves, PSA Antwerp & Zeebrugge were able to raise an extra 3,000 euros, bringing the total donation to 8,000 euros.
SUPPORT FOR THE LOCAL HOSPITAL
PSA Voltri Prà co-sponsored the Alemante Music Festival and a beach volleyball tournament where they also participated with a PSA volleyball team. Both events aimed to raise money for a local hospital.
PSA Voltri Prà Terminal decor for annual Vivicitta Run 2014
Launched in 1983 and still going strong, the 31st edition of the Vivicitta run passed, once again, through the PSA Voltri-Prà Terminal. Celebrating healthy lifestyle and the city itself, Vivicitta offers various distances for anyone who likes to run and have a good time. Both professional and amateur athletes participate in support of peace, human rights, solidarity and equality.
PSA Panama sponsored a music camp for children and youths to develop their musical talent through educational and artistic activities.
Major blood donation campaign among employees in the PSA Sines facilities.
Sponsoring of a sea activity organized by the local Sines swimming team. 200 Swimmers from all over Portugal participated.
PSA Sines s(up)ports!
PSA Sines supports sports! In 2014 it sponsored a famous swimming tournament and the junior league team of local football team Atlético Vasco da Gama (4-5 years of age). But PSA Sines’ CSR efforts reach beyond the sportscommunity as it also donated a bicycle and a stepper to the Outão Hospital for physiotherapy.
PSA’s Eastern Sea Laem Chabang (ESCO) supported the renovation of Wat Klong Mao School in Lopburi Province, which had been destroyed by devastating floods. ESCO also assisted in the renovation of the Phy Ngam Non Sa-ard School in Chacheongsao Province. During their visit, the staff volunteers joined hands to improve the school’s facilities so that these children could learn and grow in better conditions. They also planted greenery and undertook painting works to improve the school’s surroundings. In addition, the volunteers made time to play games with the children, and treated them to lunch, ice cream and new stationery.
“We Renovate, You Study” Project
Implemented by MIP with cooperation of MIP-TIKAV, the ‘We Renovate, You Study’ project was created to improve local educational facilities by renovating schools around the MIP terminal. In 2016, Toroslar Kuvayi Milliye Primary School and Akdeniz Kibris Primary School have been renovated with the help of MIP staff whose children are students at these schools.
On 19 September 2016, the official inauguration took place at the Kuvayi Milliye Primary School. Mersin Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Burhanettin Kocamaz, Toroslar District Governor Kaya Citak, Provincial Director of National Education Adem Koca, MIP Managing Director Frans Jol, MIP Head of Finance Nuri Peker and other MIP and TIKAV managers attended the ceremony. During his speech, MIP Head of Finance Nuri Peker said it was MIP’s duty to take part in projects like this and assured the attendees that MIP will continue to do so, in the upcoming years.
Magnificent Concert of MIP Kids
MIP Children’s Music Academy Orchestra & Choir have fascinated the audiences with their magnificent concert in their third year. Performance of the kids were very professional and guests watched the concert admiringly.
Our aim by founding a Music Academy was to provide a professional orchestra to the art world that was consisted of only MIP children. Making kids meet with the universal language of music and recognized the connective power of music will contribute to the cultural level of society. We believe that every kid will be more successful in the future. Working with instructors who became famous at their branches help us to reach our aim faster. Today, the progress of the academy fill us with pride.
Special Education Sports Facility
In May 2015, the ‘Yenisehir Huseyin Polat Special Education and Implementation Center Sports Facility’, renovated by MIP, was officially opened. The ceremony was attended by City and Country protocol members, students and their families. This institution is one of the three schools that are being renovated by MIP in 2015.