Singapore, 30 November 2015 – The Stars of Christmas community programme jointly championed by OUE Limited (SGX-ST: “OUE”) and Mandarin Orchard Singapore is back for the sixth year running. Started in 2010, the three-part programme is aimed at engaging the community to share in the joy of giving every Christmas by contributing presents to children with special needs and illnesses. Stars of Christmas has since become an annual tradition that has gained the generous support of a growing list of corporate partners, donors and volunteers.
Leading the cast of supporting partners are Chrysler Jeep Automotive of Singapore Pte Ltd, Komoco Motorcycles Pte Ltd (Harley-Davidson of Singapore – Sole Authorised Dealer), and Community Chest – the fund-raising and engagement arm of the National Council of Social Service. This year also sees the added participation of Marina Mandarin Singapore.
Stars of Christmas 2015 commenced with the ceremonial hanging of Christmas stars at the lobby of Mandarin Orchard Singapore, led by OUE Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Mr Thio Gim Hock. Stars adorning giant Christmas trees at Mandarin Orchard Singapore and Marina Mandarin Singapore bear the name, age and gender of every beneficiary, for donors’ useful reference when buying the presents.
On 10th December, beneficiaries of Stars of Christmas 2015 along with their parents, siblings, and caregivers, will be guests of honour at a Christmas luncheon hosted by OUE Executive Chairman, Dr Stephen Riady. The children will join employees of OUE and its affiliate companies for an afternoon of Christmas treats and entertainment at Mandarin Orchard Singapore, featuring a visit from Santa and his helpers who will be giving out presents.
Stars of Christmas 2015 ends on an unprecedented note with the participation of world class tennis players Goran Ivanisevic and Jarmila Gajdosova at a Toy Run activity that will be open to members of the public on the morning of 19th December. The event will see a fleet of volunteers riding their Jeeps and Harley-Davidson motorcycles along the Orchard Road frontage of Mandarin Gallery. The convoy then sets off just before 9.00am, making for a festive spectacle on Orchard Road as the riders make their way to various children’s homes and hospitals to deliver donated Christmas presents.
Upwards of 800 beneficiaries will be receiving presents under this year’s Stars of Christmas community programme.
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About OUE Limited
OUE Limited (SGX-ST: “OUE”) is a diversified real estate owner, developer and operator with a real estate portfolio in prime locations in Asia and the United States. OUE consistently grows its business by leveraging its brands and proven expertise in developing and managing landmark assets across the commercial, hospitality, retail and residential sectors primarily in Singapore. With its core strategy of investing in and enhancing a stable of distinctive properties, OUE is committed to developing a portfolio that has a strong recurrent income base, balanced with development profits, to enhance long-term shareholder value. OUE is the sponsor of OUE Hospitality Trust and OUE Commercial REIT.
For the latest news from OUE Limited, visit www.oue.com.sg.
About Community Chest
Community Chest raises funds on a yearly basis to meet the needs of the social service programmes it help support. Community Chest ensures that fund-raising and other operating costs are kept to a minimum. As these costs are covered mainly by Tote Board and Singapore Pools, every dollar raised by Community Chest will be made available to social service programmes under its care.
Community Chest has made it easier for individuals to donate from the comfort of their homes via websites such as comchest.sg and www.vpost.com.sg, through the internet (DBS, UOB or Citibank) or phone banking (DBS or POSB) and even at SAM machines and iNETS Kiosks across the island. Individuals can also reap tax benefits on donations through hassle-free modes like the Community Chest's monthly workplace giving programme “SHARE”, where employees make monthly donations via GIRO, credit card or payroll and have his or her tax deductions automatically included in their tax assessments. Follow Community Chest on Facebook (www.facebook.com/comchest), Instagram (www.instagram.com/comchestsg) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/comchestsg).
Care & Share Movement
Care & Share is a national fund-raising and volunteerism movement led by Community Chest for the social service sector, as Singapore approaches our 50th year of independence in 2015. It aims to bring our nation together to show care and concern for the needy and recognise the contributions made by voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs). Eligible donations raised by Community Chest and participating VWOs from now till 31 December 2014 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the government. The matched amount will go towards building the capabilities and capacities of the social service sector and supporting social services to meet rising needs. To contribute to this movement, please visit our webpage at www.careandshare.sg or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Chrysler Jeep Automotive of Singapore Pte Ltd
Chrysler Jeep Automotive of Singapore Pte Ltd (CJAS) was established in 1996 when it was appointed the sole General Distributor of the Chrysler and Jeep automobile brand in Singapore. Its showroom operations started at 30 Leng Kee Road with four models -- the Grand Voyager and Neon from the Chrysler stable, and the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler from the Jeep family. The Dodge brand was added in 2002 with the introduction of the Dodge Caliber.
In February 2010, CJAS moved into a new glass-walled showroom at 1 Chang Charn Road, boasting a floor area of over 6,000sq ft, with a capacity to display up to eight full-sized vehicles to showcase the latest generation of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles.
CJAS is a member of the Komoco Group of companies that also holds the sole distributorship of other internationally renowned automotive brands such as Ferrari, Hyundai and Harley-Davidson in Singapore. The Komoco Group also has regional presence in China for Ferrari and Maserati in Shanghai, as well as Malaysia for Mercedes Benz in Malacca.
For more information, visit www.jeep.com.sg.
About Komoco Motorcycles Pte Ltd
(HarleyDavidson of Singapore – Sole Authorised Dealer)
Originally established in 1994 as HarleyDavidson of Singapore, Komoco Motorcycles Pte Ltd prides itself in offering a total motorcycling lifestyle to all HarleyDavidson riders and enthusiasts. Besides its HarleyDavidson dealership in the heart of Singapore’s automotive belt along Alexandra Road, Komoco Motorcycles has two MotorClothes outlets – the first in the prestigious Ngee Ann City Shopping Centre on Orchard Road, and the second in The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands. Having been in the business of selling the ultimate motorcycle since 1994, HDS is growing from strength to strength. HDS is a motorcycle dealership which prides itself with bringing the total lifestyle of motorcycling to all HarleyDavidson riders and enthusiasts. It is with this philosophy of only providing the BEST be it location, service, customer care, quality merchandise or heartstopping bikes, HDS will always strive to exceed all expectations.
For more information, visit www.harleysingapore.com.
About Mandarin Orchard Singapore, by Meritus
Mandarin Orchard Singapore has been a landmark of Asian hospitality on Orchard Road for over 40 years, preferred by discerning international travellers for its service excellence and prime location in the heart of Singapore’s most prominent shopping district.
Easily accessible via public transport and within walking proximity of Singapore’s top medical facilities, the hotel boasts some 1,077 spacious guestrooms and suites, each a harmonious blend of space, comfort and functionality. All rooms are equipped with complimentary WiFi, comprehensive amenities, and advance in-room technology that connects to a host of conveniences at the touch of a button.
For travellers seeking bespoke business amenities, Mandarin Orchard Singapore offers the exclusive Meritus Club Lounge at Top of the M. The hotel also features over 25,000 sq ft of conference and function spaces with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and efficient broadband connectivity.
Its vibrant lineup of restaurants include the all-time favourite Chatterbox, home of the legendary Mandarin Chicken Rice; Triple Three, a Japanese-inspired international buffet restaurant; and Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, of Japan’s highly acclaimed chain of Szechwan restaurants helmed by celebrity Iron Chef Chen Kenichi and son Chen Kentaro.
Right on the doorstep of Mandarin Orchard Singapore is the high-end retail destination, Mandarin Gallery, comprising four storeys of international fashion brands and boutique eateries.
Mandarin Orchard Singapore is recipient of Best City Hotel – Singapore at the TTG Travel Awards 2011, 2013 2014, and 2015; Best Hotel – Singapore and Best Hotel – Asia Pacific at the Asia Pacific Hotel Awards 2013 and 2014; and Heritage Brand – Chatterbox at the Singapore Prestige Brand Award 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
For more information on Mandarin Orchard Singapore, visit www.meritushotels.com.
About Marina Mandarin Singapore, by Meritus
Overlooking breathtaking waterfront views of the Marina Bay, internationally acclaimed Marina Mandarin Singapore is an upscale business hotel that enjoys an excellent location in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District.
The hotel offers direct access to Marina Square Shopping Mall, and is conveniently located opposite the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, and The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. It is also within walking distance of tourist attractions such as Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Flyer.
Marina Mandarin Singapore ranks high on the list of all-time favourite hotels amongst avid Formula One fans as it is ideally situated on the trackside of the annual Singapore Grand Prix Formula One race.
The hotel boasts one of the largest open atriums in Southeast Asia, soaring through 21 storeys and permeated by natural light. Each of the hotel’s 575 guestrooms and suites overlooks the atrium, and features a private balcony for unparalleled views of the famous Singapore harbour and city skyline.
Food and beverage options in the hotel include AquaMarine, a Halal-certified, all-day dining restaurant featuring a buffet spread of Asian and international cuisines; Peach Blossoms, renowned for its authentic Cantonese fare; Atrium Lounge and Café Mocha for cosy tête-à-têtes; exquisite Japanese fare at Ginza Yoshihiro and the world-famous Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Offering a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city is Amarin Spa. The dedicated spa facility offers holistic beauty and massage therapies, as well as access to the hotel’s 25-metre natural mineral water pool.
Marina Mandarin Singapore also offers some 20,000 sq ft of meeting and function spaces that spell stylish versatility and modern convenience. Business facilities include the Meritus Club lounge, where guests can enjoy exclusive privileges and preferential service.
Marina Mandarin Singapore was named Country Winner (Singapore) - Luxury Business Hotel at the World Luxury Hotel Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015. It received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and was named Asia’s Top Business Hotel at the NOW Travel Asia Awards 2015.
For more information on Marina Mandarin Singapore, visit www.marinamandarin.com.sg.