EtonHouse Gives Back with ‘Box of Joy’ charity initiative
In December 2016, EtonHouse schools in Singapore came together for an annual charity drive ‘Box of Joy’ to spread cheer during the festive season.
This initiative involved children and parents across the 15 EtonHouse centres in Singapore to put together ‘boxes’ with useful and meaningful educational materials and resources for young children. Keeping with the spirit of sustainability that is integral to all EtonHouse schools, the initiative encouraged families to use ‘shoe boxes’ and decorate them together to make it look beautiful and festive. The children with their parents then decided the sorts of things to put inside the boxes that will be meaningful to a child of a similar age.
The initiative generated lots of beautiful and touching stories and learning experiences while bringing together the entire EtonHouse community to collaborate for a common cause.
Ms Seah Yang Hee, Director, Child Development Department, ECDA said “The children and families supported by KidSTART have benefited from strong partnerships with the community. This gesture by the children and parents of EtonHouse complements EtonHouse Community Fund’s support for the KidSTART pilot. On behalf of the KidSTART families, we thank the children, parents and teachers for their warmth and generosity during this time of year“ “Through this initiative, EtonHouse Community Fund has demonstrated that age does not matter, and everyone can make a difference. We are very heartened to have the support of EtonHouse Community Fund. We look forward to working closely with EtonHouse Community Fund in bringing hope to the children in need” said Mr. Chia Boon Khiang, Senior Director at Singapore Children’s Society.
Beneficiaries of our EtonHouse Box of Joy include Singapore Children’s Society, New Hope Community Services, Hope Centre Singapore, Fei Yue Family Service Centre, as well as children from Henderson-Dawson Citizens’ Consultative Committee’s We Love Learning programme. The annual community party at Henderson Community Centre was also attended by Tanjong Pagar GRC MP Joan Pereira, who conducted a storytelling session for the children.
This initiative is spearheaded by the EtonHouse Community Fund, an independent charity focused on improving the lives of children in Singapore.