Corporate Social Responsibility
Radiance's strength lies in its people. That's why we believe in creating a nurturing environment for our employees to develop as individuals. But we also know that as a corporate citizen, we make an impact on the society we live in. So we take our corporate social responsibility seriously. By making active contributions to the community and the environment, we are committed to making a positive difference to the world we live in.
- 2013 Tana River Project - Hard Work, Heart Work
- 2012 Tana River Project - Little Contribution, Transform Lives
- MINDS for the Disabled
- Singapore Children's Society – Adopting the Future!
- 2008 Tana River Project – Building Schools, Shaping Lives
- Eyeglasses Donation – Sharing the Vision
2013 Tana River Project - Hard Work, Heart Work
2012 Tana River Project - Little Contribution, Transform Lives
Thanks Radiance staff again for making contribution of their personal belongings (clothes, shoes, house wares etc.) to the children, youth and families living in the Tana River District, one of the poorest areas in Kenya, subject to droughts, food shortages and ethnic strife.
The more the merrier. Towards the end of last year, Radiance underwent an upgrade of its computer and network infrastructure. As a result, we had a substantial collection of good, useable IT hardware and devices to make our donation to the needy and the poverty-stricken people living there as well.
Some of the Radiance staff voluntarily sacrifices their hectic and busy work schedule to pack the donated items into carton boxes which really touches our heart.
We hope that our little contribution and efforts can makes a profound difference to the less fortunate communities and transforming their lives to a better future.
MINDS for the Disabled
Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), one of the oldest and largest non-governmental organizations, was founded in 1962 to take care of the educational, vocational, social and welfare needs of the Intellectually Disabled in Singapore.
It operates several MINDS Thrift shops in Singapore as one of the ways to provide employment opportunities for the Intellectually Disabled. These shops are run by them to sell second-hand items such as clothes, accessories, household appliances, sport items, books, toys and books etc. It also serve as a training centre for the Intellectually Disabled to learn retail and communication skills that bring them closer to the community.
Since 2002, our valuable customer, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) has been donating their used items to replenish the stocks in the MINDS Thrift Shops. This year, Radiance is honored to be invited by SCB to join them to help raise funds for the Thrift Shops. During the 2 months (May-Jun 2010) period of goods collection from our staff, we are glad to receive tons of useable and second-hand items such as clothes, shoes, bags, household appliances which are in good working conditions.
Keep it up, Radiance! Our contribution has again reflected our little thought and care can mean so much to the less fortunate among us.
Singapore Children's Society – Adopting the Future!
"Give a little to love a child, and you get a great deal back" John Ruskin
The Singapore Children's Society was established in 1952 to help protect and nurture children and youth of all races and religions, especially those who are abused, neglected, and/or from dysfunctional families. Each year, the society reaches out to about 12,000 children, youth and families in need.
The Society's "1000 Enterprises for Children-in-Need" is a fund-raising initiative that hopes to encourage 1000 small, medium and large enterprises to donate $1,000 or more each year for the next three years. It also hopes that these enterprises will adopt the society as their official supported charity.
At Radiance, we know there's no better investment than the future. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to access the resources needed to bring them closer to achieving their full potential, and not be deprived by gender, race or circumstance. That's why we decided to hop aboard and join the "1000 Enterprises for Children-in-Need".
We have officially adopted Singapore Children's Society, and for 3 years, we will be making a corporate effort to support to the society where possible. Apart from a yearly monetary donation, we will be contributing in others areas such as volunteering and participating in fund-raising events to help create a strong support network for the society and the children.
We know that with the right help and committed support, more vulnerable children can get a better start in life. And we are proud to be able to play a part in making that happen.
2008 Tana River Project – Building Schools, Shaping Lives
In mid-2008, the Radiance office underwent a major revamp. To optimise the use of office space, we gave up a portion of the existing one, and introduced "hot-desking" to our outbound and mobile staff to condense the work area. As a result, we had a substantial collection of good, useable office furniture that we could no longer accommodate. We knew this furniture could come in very handy, and rather serendipitously, we soon found out whom for.
The Tana River District is one of the poorest areas in Kenya, subject to droughts, food shortages and ethnic strife. With poor infrastructure, its people have limited access to services such as healthcare and education. Thankfully, there exist many external missions and organisations dedicated to helping the vulnerable and poverty-stricken people in third world countries, and the Tana River Project is one of them.
The Tana River Project is an organisation devoted to community development in this district, and from them, we learnt that our office furniture could go a long way in helping their school-building mission. Outfitted in the classrooms, our furniture would be turned into desktops and provide writing space for the children. Education has long been thought to be the best long-term solution for ending the cycle of poverty in the developing world, and we were glad for the chance to play a part in helping to build a school and give more children access to that all-important education.
So one sunny Saturday, our happy Radiance volunteers began a little project to make our donation. Armed with toolboxes full of screwdrivers and wrenches, we dismantled desks, cabinets, pedestals and cubicle walls to make the furniture ready for flat-packing. Then away they went – table tops, legs, nuts and bolts and all, into cartons and crates and a large moving truck, before finally being shipped away to a happier home in Kenya!
We hope that our little contribution makes a difference to the children and the future of the Tana River District. Whether charity is done at home or abroad, it's always close to our hearts.
Eyeglasses Donation – Sharing the Vision
- 80% of blindness is preventable
- More than 1 million people in developing countries need eyeglasses but cannot afford them
- Myopic Singaporeans spend in excess of S$100 million annually on eyeglasses alone
Singapore ranks amongst the top in the world in terms of myopia prevalence. As a nation, we are very lucky to receive proper eye care and undergo eye screening from the time we begin schooling. And for most of us, we are also fortunate enough to be able to afford prescription eyeglasses when we need vision correction.
But what happens to our used eyeglasses after we buy a new pair, or in some cases, undergo LASIK surgery? Mostly, they end up at the back of a drawer somewhere, forgotten and untouched for years to come. So instead of just having them sit around collecting dust, we thought it might be a better idea to donate them to a better cause.
In Sri Lanka alone, hundreds and thousands of people need eyeglasses but have no means of obtaining them, simply because the cost is far beyond their reach. With suitable eyeglasses, they can experience corrected vision and be enabled to attend school, gain employment, or even very simply, go about their daily activities without the hindrance of poor sight.
Over at Radiance, we held a collection for Sri Lanka. And we were heartened to find more than 70 pairs of prescription and reading eyeglasses in the collection box, which were sent for washing, cleaning and a final assessment by qualified opticians and optometrists before being eventually shipped to Sri Lanka and matched to the needy.
It is our hope that with this small donation, we can give someone in Sri Lanka a brighter day and a clearer future!
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