Deutsche Bank teams help at Willing Hearts to prepare food for Singapore’s needy

March 2016 │ Singapore

In March and April, two different groups of Deutsche Bank employees rolled up their sleeves as part of the Bank’s In the Community programme to prepare 4,500 hot meals for needy and underprivileged beneficiaries at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen in Singapore.

On March 18, 2016, a group of 22 volunteers from Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Technology Singapore team spent a day at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen, starting the day at 5:15 am for meals preparation. The team worked non-stop for almost seven hours, taking on several different roles including cooking, washing and packing. Some volunteers assisted in delivering the food packages and had the opportunity to meet the beneficiaries first-hand.

By ten in the morning, all the food packages were ready for delivery and the team then helped with the next day’s meal-preparation, preparing ingredients such as preparing sauces and marinating chicken.

Meanwhile, the APAC Global graduate class of 2015, which included colleagues from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Australia and Japan, joined the Singapore team at Willing Hearts on April 19 as part of their week-long Continuous Development Programme based in Singapore. Gathering at 5am at Willing Hearts, the 86 volunteers spent the morning supporting all aspects of the kitchen, from preparing food, cooking, packing, cleaning and even delivering the meals to those in need.

With their help, Willing Hearts was able to deliver an estimate of 5,600 meals that day, creating a good deal of satisfaction for the volunteers who were pleased their efforts helped in a small way. As one volunteer said, “It was a wonderful experience for us to work together for a good cause.”

Willing Hearts is a secular, non-denominational and non-affiliated charity, which is wholly run by volunteers, apart from a handful of staff. They operate a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks and distributes about 4,500 daily meals to the needy, 365 days a year. Beneficiaries include the elderly, the disabled, low-income families, children from single-parent or otherwise poverty-stricken families, and migrant workers in Singapore. For more information, please visit http://www.willinghearts.org.sg.


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Last Update: May 18, 2016
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