- StarHub employees celebrated Christmas with childrenand youths with cerebral palsy

- StarHub presented The Spastic Children’s Association of Singaporewith three treadmills

Singapore, 3 December 2007 - Christmas came early in StarHub as its employees and family members celebrated the joyous festive occasion with 25 clients from The Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore (SCAS) at a party last Friday, 30 November 2007.

Using the StarHub Sparks Fund, StarHub also purchased three treadmills for the SCAS’ clients. These treadmills will help the clients, who are suffering from cerebral palsy, loosen their limbs during exercise classes at the centre.

At the Christmas party organised by StarHub, the SCAS clients were treated to a sumptuous Christmas lunch with lots of turkeys, log cakes, cookies and sparkling juices.  They were also entertained by Santa Claus, Elf and Reindeer in a lively and humorous musical as they sang and swayed along with the sounds of music. 

The highlight of the party was a competition whereby each SCAS client teamed up with two StarHub employees to decorate gingerbread houses with lots of colourful chocolates and delicious candies. The completed personalised gingerbread houses were then presented to the SCAS clients.

“My colleagues and I are honoured to be able to bring the Christmas cheer and joy to the SCAS clients.  It was a privilege to interact with them and it warmed our hearts to see them enjoying themselves so much at the party.  It reaffirms StarHub’s corporate philanthropy belief to regenerate the disadvantaged communities through sustainable community outreach programmes for outstanding causes through these acts of altruism,” said Ms Jeannie Ong, Head of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, StarHub.

“It is priceless to see the huge smiles on our clients’ faces when they are having fun interacting and playing with the volunteers.  I salute all the volunteers from StarHub for taking time off from their busy schedules to bring festive cheer and a smile to our clients.  This is the true spirit of giving,” said Ms Melissa Shepherdson, Human Resource, Project & Volunteer Executive from The Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore.

The Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore (SCAS) was established in 1957, to provide special education, rehabilitation services, vocational training and gainful employment for children and adults with cerebral palsy in Singapore.   SCAS also provides the Home Management Programme, where therapists provide home-based therapy services to their disabled non-ambulant clients.  SCAS currently manages a special school, a rehabilitation centre, a sheltered workshop, a day activity centre and Early Intervention Programme for infants and children (EIPIC).  SCAS looks after over 500 clients in its various programmes.  

Cerebral Palsy is an inclusive term used to describe a group of non-progressive disorders occurring in young children in which damage to the brain causes impairment of motor function. The degree of the disabilities ranges from extreme tightness or looseness of the muscles of the body, improper head, shoulder or hip control to slight speech impairment. It is not curable. This can happen before or during birth or some illness or injury of the child early in life.

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