Courts Delivers S$30,000 Worth Of Household Cheer To 22 Low-Income Elderly This Ramadan
Part of COURTS Charity Home, S$24,000 worth of needed home goods and S$6,000 raised by COURTS staff kicks off Ramadan for needy elderly with goodwill.
Singapore, 8 May 2019 – COURTS Singapore, the leading retailer of home electronics, IT and furniture products, donated over S$24,000 worth of furniture and household appliances to 22 low-income Muslim elderly beneficiaries of local charity Care Community Services Society (CCSS) today. Part of the COURTS Charity Home programme launched this year, the second instalment connects COURTS staff volunteers and COURTS-sponsored furniture and appliances with low-income elderly this Ramadan. 14 COURTS employees volunteered to personally hand-deliver these products to the families, clean their homes and host them to iftar at CCSS’ Senior Activity Centre in the Ramadan spirit of giving and bonding. Additionally, COURTS raised close to S$6,000 for CCSS from a staff donation drive, a portion of which went directly to the elderly beneficiaries at dinner in Raya green packets, bringing some early Raya cheer.
Ben Tan, CEO of COURTS Singapore (3rd from left) and Beatrice Kang, Vice President of CCSS (right), with Mr Syed Hassan and his donated items - a 40-inch TV, stove and standing fan.
COURTS Charity Home volunteers delivered household necessities to 22 needy elderlies and helped clean their homes.
Ahead of Ramadan, 22 selected low-income elderly Malay beneficiaries of CCSS who live in rental houses in the MacPherson area were approached for items that they needed for their homes – these included furniture, bedding or electrical appliances needed to replace their existing old or spoilt ones. COURTS met their wish list, many for new sofas, standing fans, kitchen appliances, and even digital TVs to replace their analogue models, donating a total of over S$24,000 worth of brand new products to meet their needs.
COURTS Singapore CEO Mr Ben Tan (陈发明, 阁室新加坡总裁) and Vice President of CCSS Ms Beatrice Kang (江淑珍, 副主席) paid a visit to two of these elderlies on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 – visiting the home of Mr Syed Hassan bin Ahmad Alkaff, 68, a taxi driver who works daily to support himself and his ailing wife, as well as that of Mdm Tumi bte Teron, 81, who lives alone and struggles with costly medical expenses for her high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Mr Syed received a 40” Smart LED TV, a standing fan, and a gas cooker to replace his current faulty set. Mdm Tumi was delighted to receive a new dining set to replace her old one that has been worn after more than 20 years of use, a 40” Smart LED TV and two standing fans and to replace her old items that were no longer working well. Across the 22 homes, furniture needs such as brand new sofas, dining sets, as well as appliances such as rice cookers, cookware and vacuum cleaners were fulfilled by COURTS, helping these elderlies get their homes ready ahead of Raya visiting.
Mr Syed shared, “I’m unable to work longer hours daily as I need to take care of my wife, who has mobility issues from osteoporosis and a thyroid disorder. We worry about not having enough to pay her high medical bills every month, much less think about buying furniture and household appliances. I am so grateful to COURTS for sponsoring a new TV, gas cooker and fan – staying at home will be more bearable for my wife now.”
Shared Mr Ben Tan, 51, Country CEO of COURTS Singapore: “We launched COURTS Charity Home earlier this year with CCSS, bringing our commitment to giving back to the underprivileged under an umbrella programme. After the warm reception to our launch at Chinese New Year, we’re delighted to give back to another segment of the community this Ramadan by fulfilling real needs for homes such as furniture and appliances to low-income elderlies so that they can enjoy Hari Raya with their families and loved ones. COURTS Charity Home also engages our staff to volunteer with the community and give back to the ones who have supported us in Singapore the past 45 years. In this festive period, we would like to wish all our Muslim friends Ramadan Mubarak.”
Ms Beatrice Kang, Vice President of CCSS shared: “CCSS is truly grateful to be partnering with COURTS’ Charity Home programme again. Home appliances and furniture are great practical gifts for seniors, as they are useful for their daily lives. Our Muslim seniors were elated to hear they would be receiving brand new items during Ramadan, in preparation for their new year. This generous gesture has brought much joy and warmth to their hearts. We look forward to upcoming partnerships with COURTS to continue supporting the practical needs of our beneficiaries.”
After half a day of deliveries and home cleaning, COURTS invited and hosted all elderly beneficiaries and their caretakers to iftar dinner at CCSS’ Senior Activity Centre in Circuit Road, first decking up the venue with festive lights and ketupat décor. Ben and Beatrice, alongside COURTS and CCSS staff, spent time with them through a simple programme of activities that included feasting on well-loved Ramadan delights such as masala chicken and ambur biryani rice, and playing bingo together. The night ended with COURTS volunteers blessing the elderlies with Raya green packets containing a token cash amount, part of the proceeds from an internal donation drive which raised close to S$6,000, with the remaining amount going direct to CCSS to support their programmes that help the vulnerable elderly, low-income and disadvantaged children, families of convicts as well as underprivileged youth.
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About COURTS Asia Limited
COURTS Asia Limited, the holding company for COURTS (Singapore) Pte Ltd, COURTS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and PT COURTS Retail Indonesia is a leading retailer in Southeast Asia. It is owned by Nojima Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nojima Corporation. Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Nojima Corporation, a leading electrical appliance retail chain, operates over 850 stores and has a market capitalisation of S$1.4 billion and revenues of S$6.1 billion.
With its roots as a furniture retailer from the UK, the COURTS brand was established in Singapore and Malaysia in 1974 and 1987 respectively, and it entered Indonesia in 2014. Today, COURTS operates more than 70 stores across three markets, spanning over 1.4 million sq. ft. of retail space. It has expanded its range to include electrical, IT and furniture products, as well as complementary home solutions for a seamless one-stop home shopping experience. Constantly innovating to improve the shopping experience, the retailer continuously refreshes its stores to optimise the format, layout and merchandise mix.
In line with COURTS' mission to 'make aspirational home products easily affordable', the retailer abides by the COURTS Price Promise and is committed to offering competitive prices across its product range. In addition, it offers in-house flexible financing solutions to complement its range of easy payment options.
For more information, please visit www.courts.com.sg.
About Care Community Services Society (CCSS)
Care Community Services Society (CCSS) provides disadvantaged children with a safe environment in after-school Student Care Centres, vulnerable seniors with meaningful engagement in Seniors Activity Centres, at-risk youth with opportunities to discover their innate potential through youth programmes, ex-offenders with resources to support their journey of re-integration, cognitive care for older individuals who suffer from or are at risk of dementia, and assistances to other persons-in-need.
CCSS serves more than 1,000 beneficiaries, and is a registered charity affiliated with the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and an Institution of a Public Character (IPC).
For more information, please visit http://www.ccsscares.sg/.
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