FNP Old Age Home

Unknown to many, hundreds of elderly men and women make their homes in old age residences across Singapore, often without the regular company of their children.

FNP.sg, Singapore's leading gifting company, believes it is our responsibility to honour these less recognized, yet substantial pillars of our society.

FNP.sg is delighted to recap the memorable Fathers' Day celebration that took place at the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home this year, at both the Silat and Thomson locations.

On the 15th and 16th of June, the FNP.sg team visited both centres of the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home. FNP.sg brought along a delicious 5 kg sugar-free cake, ensuring everyone could partake in the celebration regardless of dietary restrictions.

In appreciation of the value of a good morning cuppa to many dads, we gifted every male resident a specially designed mug inscribed with "My Dad, the Superstar." This small but meaningful act aimed to remind these fathers of their exceptional worth.

More than the gifts, it was the engaging conversations that created the true spirit of the day. FNP.sg spent valuable time talking to the male residents, absorbing their wisdom, laughing at their jokes, and even partaking in a lively karaoke session. These interactions brought a remarkable depth to our understanding of their lives, experiences, and humour, furthering enriching the day's festivities.

"We at FNP.sg are delighted by our recent Father's Day initiative's success, honoring the unsung heroes in our society, particularly our elders. Beyond commemorating Father's Day, our mission was to contribute meaningfully to community unity. The overwhelming response has reaffirmed our commitment to celebrating Singapore's diverse community. As we move forward, we aspire to be more than a brand. We aim to resonate with every emotion and celebration, becoming an essential part of people's lives, said Saurabh Singh, Senior Manager Marketing, FNP.sg.

The motivation behind this initiative was to extend our spirit of generosity beyond our own families to those who equally deserve to feel loved and appreciated. FNP.sg committed to ensuring this, and they are grateful to have had the opportunity to do so.

Myers-Briggs Company New Charity Partner Take 3 for the Sea

By employee vote, The Myers-Briggs Company selected the Australia-based organization Take 3 for The Sea as their new charity partner. Employees were enamored by the non-profit's impactful work and direct message.

"Plastic is a big problem for our planet," says The Myers-Briggs Company CEO, Jeff Hayes. "Our employees are excited to get behind the mission of reducing plastic pollution in our waterways and being mindful of our own plastic use. And as a B Corp, we're aligned with Take 3 for the Sea in leaving the planet better than we found it."

Take 3 for the Sea strives to combat the detrimental effects of plastic pollution on wildlife and the environment with a simple message: take three pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway, or anywhere, and you've made a difference!

Jacquie Riddell, CEO for Take 3 for the Sea, emphasizes the urgent need for action to combat plastic pollution in our oceans: "Now is the time to act and encourage personal and corporate responsibility to contribute to the solution. Working with The Myers-Briggs Company, we hope to inspire and guide millions more people towards positive actions they can take to solve the problem."

Given the new partnership started in Plastic Free July, The Myers-Briggs Company's Oxford office employees got together for their first Take 3 for the Sea-inspired litter pickup, collecting over 1,300 liters of trash along the Cherwell River.

The partnership will run through the end of 2024.

About The Myers-Briggs Company

In our fast-changing world, your edge lies in harnessing 100 percent of your talent – at work, at home, and everywhere in between. The Myers-Briggs Company helps organizations worldwide improve teams, develop inspirational leaders, and solve the most perplexing people challenges. We empower individuals to be the best versions of themselves by enriching their understanding of themselves and others. As a Certified B Corporation, The Myers-Briggs Company is a force for good. And we're ready to help you succeed.

About Take 3 for the Sea

Take 3 for the Sea is a respected Australia-based charity on a mission to rid the oceans of plastic pollution. We believe in simple actions to address complex problems. Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere and you have made a difference. Take 3 delivers education, community and corporate programs to spread the word about the devastating impact of plastic pollution on the environment. Using solution-based approaches, we educate, inspire and motivate people around the world to take action. www.take3.org

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Hopes to Fight Childhood Cancer

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill will be turning lemons into lemonade June 9 – 11 during Lemonade Days, an event to raise money to fight childhood cancer. The restaurant is partnering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a non-profit organization that funds childhood cancer treatment and research. To date, Firebirds has donated more than $3 million to ALSF.

“Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is truly one of ALSF’s most dedicated partners, raising money year-round to help fund critical research and treatments for children battling cancer,” said Liz Scott, ALSF’s co-executive director and mother to ALSF founder, Alex Scott. “Firebirds has made our partnership a part of its corporate culture and we are very grateful for their guests who make purchases to support our fight against childhood cancer.”

“This is one of our favorite times of the year and we are proud to support ALSF’s efforts and make a significant contribution, which is why our goal this year is to raise $250,000,” said Firebirds’ Chief Brand Officer Stephen Loftis. “We look forward to achieving that goal, one cup of lemonade at a time.”

While Firebirds is donating 100 percent of sales from the purchase of lemonade at each of the restaurants’ lemonade stands June 9 through June 11, it is also providing guests with a variety of ways to help fight childhood cancer now through June 30, including:

- $2 from each purchase of Tito’s Lemonade Drop Martini, and $1 from each purchase of the signature five-layer Big Daddy Lemon Cake will be donated to ALSF.

- Guests have the option to “Round up for a Cure” and round up their check to the nearest dollar, and ALSF will receive every additional cent.

- Donations may be made directly on a guest’s receipt.

- A donation can be made when ordering online at checkout at https://firebirdsrestaurants.com.

Fast Facts:

- ALSF was born from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996 - 2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex said she wanted to create a lemonade stand to help find a cure for all children with cancer.

- To date, Firebirds has raised more than $3 million for the national charity, which is ranked a top four-star non-profit organization by Charity Navigator, the leading charity evaluator in America.

- Since Alex’s first homemade lemonade stand, ALSF has raised more than $250 million.

- Alex’s Lemonade is available for purchase on all Firebirds menus including the brand’s highly regarded Kids Menu. Throughout the year, Firebirds donates $1.25 for every purchase of lemonade.

About Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, a polished casual American restaurant, is an energetic twist on the traditional grill featuring a boldly flavored menu in a stylish, fire-centric atmosphere. Signature menu items include hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood seared over locally sourced hickory, oak, or pecan wood on Firebirds’ exposed wood-fired grill. Complementing its inviting dining room, a patio with seasonal comforts and the award-winning FIREBAR® are additional gathering spaces inside the restaurant. Firebirds has been named one of ten ‘Breakout Brands’ by Nation’s Restaurant News, and the 2022 Diners’ Choice Winner awarded by OpenTable. Firebirds partners with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, with more than $3 million raised for childhood cancer research through the sale of fresh-squeezed lemonade. To become a member of Firebirds’ Inner Circle, make an OpenTable reservation, or order ToGo online, visit firebirdsrestaurants.com.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)

ALSF emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996 - 2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex’s first stand, ALSF has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country. To date, ALSF, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $250 million to fund pediatric cancer research projects. For more information on ALSF visit AlexsLemonade.org.

Cultural Education Programme for Children in UAE

A.R.M. Holding Children's Programme. This cultural education programme is the largest of its kind in the UAE, aimed at inspiring the next generation of creative minds and cultivating a passion for art and culture. The 2023 edition grew 64%, reaching more than 9000 students across the country.

The first-of-its-kind programme is developed by private investment firm A.R.M. Holding, in partnership with Art Dubai. The initiative seeks to empower the new generation with an understanding of the arts, reinforcing Dubai's position as a global capital of culture and innovation. With creative programming conceived by international artists, each edition is designed to inspire the UAE's young minds by offering specially curated workshops at Art Dubai every spring, followed by bespoke classroom experiences.

His Excellency Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, CEO of A.R.M. Holding, said: "In a diverse community of over 200 nationalities, art is a bridge that can connect us on a deeper level, fostering communication, understanding, and empathy. By integrating the arts both in and out of the classroom, we can equip students with the tools they need to think innovatively and solve problems creatively. Our programme has grown tremendously, increasing this year's outreach to 64% compared to 2022. Over the years, we have engaged 1,800 children from 70 schools in the first edition, 5,500 students in 80 schools in the second edition, to over 9,000 students from 90 schools this year. We sincerely hope this programme can be extended further, serving as an integral component of the UAE curriculum."

Each year, the programme themes the workshops complementary to the UAE priorities. In its inaugural edition in 2021, design duo Studio Sain tested innovative ideas on constructing a sustainable community in outer space and had the children create an alternative living habitat on a fictional version of the moon through the 'Noom Project.' This was in line with the UAE's space mission to Mars as the first Emirati embarks on space travel. As the UAE leads the way in sustainable development, Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru conducted 'Art of Recycle' workshops in 2022. Designed to challenge perspectives and demonstrate how everyday objects can be given a new lease of life, the children repurposed everyday materials from their homes and schools creatively.

In 2023, the A.R.M. Holding Children's Programme's third edition selected Swedish visual artist Jacob Dahlgren. Drawing inspiration from his Signs of Abstraction project, he developed a series of workshops designed for children aged from 5 to 17. The aim was to foster teamwork skills while promoting creative and abstract thinking about their environments. The children created collages from everyday materials, pieced together to form colourful tapestries and flags. The programme culminates with an exhibition of the children's artwork at schools, demonstrating the potential of abstract engagement with our surroundings and the power of collaboration towards a common goal.

Mona Mahmood, Art Teacher at Al Sadiq Islamic English School Dubai, said: "The workshop provided our students with a unique platform to explore their creativity and reflect upon the significance of flags as symbols of identity, unity, and diversity. The program has not only enriched their academic pursuits but also fostered a sense of confidence, self-expression, and appreciation for different cultures. We extend our sincerest appreciation to A.R.M. Holding and Art Dubai for spearheading this initiative and providing a transformative experience for our students. The Flag Project has become an integral part of our school's artistic endeavours, and we eagerly look forward to future collaborations and opportunities to further empower our students through art education. We wholeheartedly endorse this programme and its commitment to nurturing young artistic minds."

Benedetta Ghione, Executive Director of Art Dubai, said: "We are humbled by the growth of the A.R.M. Holding Children's Programme, which has been successfully incorporated into Art Dubai's education programme. The positive response has enabled us to continue engaging with the community beyond the fair. It is exciting to see the immense creativity that young minds can unleash through their art."