Bank manager promotes spirit of volunteerism


STANDARD Chartered administration manager Celes Kweng (pic) has made good use of the three days of employee volunteering (EV) leave the bank offers since she joined the firm seven years ago.She was the EV champion of her team from 2014 to 2018, planning themed days twice a year to build spirit while volunteering.

While Kweng, the bank’s business administration and office manager of group property, has since reduced her involvement in that role, she recalls the sense of leadership and satisfaction it gave her and continues to plan such days for the Singapore team.

No obstacle is too big, including working around different work schedules and finding venues that can fit 40 to 60 people.

One of Kweng’s most memorable volunteering experiences was working with charity Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen.

About 80 of her colleagues started the day at 4.30am, washing and chopping vegetables, cooking in giant pots, packing hundreds of packets of food and delivering them to different parts of Singapore.

Differences in rank and status were forgotten amid the spirit of volunteerism, with senior executives getting their hands dirty and washing raw fish while other colleagues were soaked in sweat frying around 100 eggs.

Kweng said volunteering as a team helped build camaraderie among her colleagues as they worked towards a common goal in an informal setting and shared lasting memories.

Volunteering has also allowed her to meet people she would not normally have encountered, as colleagues across functions and departments are brought closer together.

“Most of us want to help those less fortunate than ourselves. We volunteer because we want to make a difference in the community, ” she said. — The Straits Times/ANN

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

100% readers found this article insightful

Next In Aseanplus News

With visitors barred by Covid-19, Hong Kong logs just 3.57 million arrivals in 2020, the lowest number on record
Rescuers detect signs of life from 22 trapped Chinese miners
Thailand: Samut Sakhon sees big jump in Covid-19 cases after testing at factories
Hong Kong finance chief warns of jobless rate spike as epidemic continues
Philippine air force helicopter crash kills all 7 aboard
Singapore: Barbecue pits and camp sites in parks to reopen from Jan 20; 30 Covid-19 cases reported
Covid-19: 3,339 new cases, 7 new fatalities bring total to 601
Indonesia: Covid-19 total goes above 900,000; torrential rains hamper hunt for quake survivors
Philippines: Covid-19 total goes past 500,000; govt to receive free vaccines from China
India's COVID-19 vaccination drive hits bump due to app glitch

Stories You'll Enjoy