12 Days of Giving with Microsoft Asia Pacific HQ

Over the course of 12 days in December, Singapore-based employees were invited to join a senior leader to volunteer a morning or afternoon at a local charity. Take a look at how Microsoft employees took time to give back by engaging with the local community – and had a lot of fun in the process!

Jessica Tan and 18 EPG employees joined together for a day of painting the girls’ dormitory at the Red Cross Home for the Disabled. A large, previously white space is now a colorful green, and the employees all agreed that peers painting side by side for a very good cause was a wonderful experience.              

The M&O team also spent a day of painting at the Red Cross Home for the Disabled, this time one floor down at the boys’ dormitory. Todd Cione and 13 other employees brightened up the boys’ domain into a cheery blue. The team was so inspired to stay connected with the home that they later collected hygiene packs and other necessities for the boys.

In the true spirit of giving, the LCA team, led by Jeff Bullwinkel, treated the patients of the historic Kwong Wai Shiu Nursing Home for the Elderly to a scrumptious Christmas high tea party and festive gifts. From a fun filled magic show and their all-time favorite game, Bingo, to a ‘rock till you drop’ rendition of Christmas carols, the LCA team joyfully spread the good tidings of Christmas.

David Vander and nine employees from his team led arts and crafts sessions at the Canossaville Home for Children. Twenty-two children played Christmas carol charades, decorated Christmas ornaments and enjoyed afternoon tea and donuts with the team.

Microsoft employees from APOC, AHQ and the Singapore sub joined forces to volunteer at Food from the Heart. Over the course of two afternoons, employees packed 170 food parcels, bundled 15KG bags of rice for 70 needy families, and wrapped over 100 birthday gifts for kids from local welfare homes who get to celebrate their birthdays at monthly parties hosted by FFTH. Some employees were so inspired by the amazing work and passion of the staff and volunteers that they plan to help out at FFTH on a regular basis.

Andy Pickup and eight members of the PR team spent an afternoon at the Society for the Physically Disabled. Everyone enjoyed playing Bingo and Scrabble, singing karaoke and dancing with our very festive Microsoft employees. The team shared a special Christmas lunch, which was a big hit with all the participants.

Rob van der Ende and the Services, MTC and Xbox teams welcomed youth from the Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (CARE) to the Microsoft offices for an afternoon of technology fun. CARE students and staff went on a tour of the Microsoft Technology Center and enjoyed a Kinect demo and challenge. This was followed by prizes and afternoon tea with employees. Students left our office with both inspiration and Microsoft memorabilia, just in time to enjoy the holidays.   

APOC also made Christmas dreams come true by purchasing Christmas gifts for 51 children from low-income families. The team worked with Sun Love Home to provide ‘wish-list’ items, many of which included staples like school shoes and bags. Senior Programme Manager and donor June Foo said, “It feels good playing Santa Claus and bringing smiles to children’s faces. Involving my nieces and nephew in the shopping helps them understand the concept of giving back to the community,
too. I love the Christmas Wish List Initiative!”

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