The group’s move is intended to enhance the emergency preparedness for the elderly, considering that heightened precautions limited the volunteer support and supplies coming at their homes. Photo: Apex Harmony Lodge

CapitaLand vows to aid the vulnerable elderly affected by Covid-19 through $1 million worth of support, coursed through its philanthropic arm CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF).

The donation is part of the group’s almost $6 million total pledge in the past 90 days, as support for the immediate needs of Covid-19 affected communities.

This latest pledge of $1 million will be allotted in providing the seniors with meals and essentials, which include daily necessities, personal protection equipment, and smart communication devices.

The group’s move is intended to enhance the emergency preparedness for the elderly, considering that heightened precautions limited the volunteer support and supplies coming at their homes.

“As we strategise and adapt our business to overcome this pandemic and position CapitaLand for the new normal, we also saw a need to expand our philanthropic support to the wider community. This includes our seniors, who are right now amongst the most vulnerable, and we need to look out for them,” said CapitaLand Chief Executive Officer, and Director of CapitaLand Hope Foundation Lee Chee Koon.

CapitaLand has pledged $1 million via its CapitaLand Hope Foundation to help seniors

CapitaLand has pledged $1 million to provide seniors with essentials such as meals, personal protection equipment and smart items. Photo: Apex Harmony Lodge

Part of the group’s efforts is its partnership with the Community Foundation of Singapore’s Sayang Sayang Fund where CHF contributed $700,000 to Agency for Integrated Care.

“AIC is thankful for CapitaLand’s support towards our Community Care partners that will be used for causes that include helping our seniors. The donation is especially significant and meaningful, given the challenging period we are going through,” said Tan Kwang Cheak, Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC).

The donation will be devoted for ‘CapitaLand #LoveOurSeniors’ initiative which will provide emergency support for community care providers, including emergency protection equipment, disinfection of the premises, and support for affected staff, elderly and their family members.

Aside from this, CHF has also delivered more than 300 meals to AWWA Senior Community Home and Apex Harmony Lodge (AHL), a purpose-built lodge for people with dementia, since 6 April 2020. The institutions will also be receiving meal support for the next six months. CHF also commits to provide AHL with 560 packs of 5kg Fragrance 43°N Jilin rice.

Refrigerators were also delivered, while other essential electronic and home appliances like air coolers and air purifiers, will also be sent to AHL.

“CapitaLand’s generosity through donations of scrumptious meals will go a long way in adding cheer to the lives of our seniors and staff, which can help keep their spirits and energy up during this challenging period. Many thanks to the CapitaLand team for their kind gesture and thoughtfulness,” said AWWA Health and Senior Care director Ng Herk Low.

Moreover, CHF likewise aims to provide more than 30,000 meals for the elderly, as well as to other vulnerable groups like children from low-income families and community care staff through its ‘CapitaLand #MealOnMe’ initiative, together with food charity The Food Bank Singapore and CapitaLand malls’ F&B tenants.

These F&B tenants include, Creative Eateries Group, ABR Holdings, Katrina Group and The Minor Food Group that operate the likes of Bali Thai, ThaiExpress, Bangkok Jam, and Tip Top, among others.

CapitaStar members can also help to provide over 8,000 meals. From 23 April to 24 May
2020, members can support a meal by donating 5,000 STAR$ (equivalent to S$5) through CapitaStar mobile app.

It can be recalled that CapitaLand is among the earliest companies to roll out support measures since the Covid-19 outbreak began early this year. By mid-February 2020, it has already donated about $2.3 million to aid healthcare workers and affected communities in Singapore and China.

“CapitaLand will continue to be proactive in assessing the most immediate needs of the community and extend our support to protect other vulnerable groups, such as the migrant workers in Singapore. By helping one another and standing together in solidarity, we will be able to overcome this crisis and emerge stronger and more united,” assured Lee.

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Victor Kang, Digital Content Specialist at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories, email