EPS fundraiser featured in The Straits Times!
07 December 2020
The Walk Around the World fundraiser is featured in Singapore’s national newspaper
Congratulation to the #5000strong EPS Community, our corporate sponsors, friends and family who are contributing kilometers and financial support for our cause! To learn more about our charities and how you can be part of the movement, please visit out EPS Cares page and be sure to read the entire The Straits Times article below!
Walk, run or cycle the earth’s circumference to raise S$1 million for charity
Shipping firm Eastern Pacific Shipping and Kenon Holdings are spearheading the effort.
SINGAPORE – While travelling overseas may not be an option for many now, that will not stop staff, friends, partners and associates of Singapore-based shipping company Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) and group company Kenon Holdings from aiming to cover the circumference of the earth – 40,075km – collectively through virtual means to raise $1 million for seven charities.
This quest to circumnavigate the globe will start on Monday (Dec 7) and end on Friday.
The funds raised will go to six local charities – the Children’s Aid Society, Community Chest, Ronald McDonald House Charities, The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF), Singapore Environment Council and Willing Hearts – and international organisation, Mercy Ships, which operates the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world.
Having been approved as part of the SG Fortitude Budget, the Tote Board is matching up to $310,000 of the funds raised for the local charities.
So far, $850,000 has been raised through pledges from corporate partners and individuals. This amount is inclusive of the Tote Board’s dollar-to-dollar matching scheme.
EPS chief executive Cyril Ducau said: “EPS has proudly called the Lion City home for over 30 years and is dedicated to the decarbonisation of the shipping industry and the preservation of the environment for future generations.
“That’s why we support causes that benefit the environment and the well-being of children. The EPS Around the World fundraiser is an excellent opportunity to support our community directly in today’s difficult economic environment. It’s also a fun way to bring our 5,000 employees and our friends together by working towards a shared and ambitious goal.”
The fundraiser will culminate in a ‘Move Together Day’ on Friday.
Tan Bee Heong, general manager of the ST School Pocket Money Fund said: “We are grateful to be included in this meaningful and unique fundraising initiative as more funds are needed for our needy students in this pandemic.”
Donations can also be made to the various local charities on giving.sg and donations can be made to Mercy Ships by emailing email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with EPS Cares in the subject.