In honor of the 2nd annual Sheldon G. and Dr. Miriam Adelson Citizenship Award, presented by Sands Cares, we are featuring our 12 Sands Cares Heroes, finalists for the Adelson Citizenship Award. Las Vegas Sands established the award to recognize Team Members across all of our regions who have demonstrated a dedication to giving back to local communities and important causes. The award was created to honor the Adelson family’s long-term commitment to philanthropy and the legacy of giving that they have instilled in the company. The winner will be announced Wednesday, April 25.
Here are a few words from Amy Wong Se Ngan of Sands Macao on what Sands Cares and volunteering means to her:
During the past year, apart from volunteer activities organized by the company, I have also participated in activities organized by other non-profit organizations, such as the Macao Gaming Practitioners Volunteers Association, the Macao Gaming Industry Employees Home and the Association of Piety and Longevity Kong Tac-Lam. We help the elderly by providing cleaning and massage services for those who live on their own and we also spend time dancing and singing with them at the community center. We also help children by spending time with those from single-parent families where we take them to the farm and teach them that growing food is hard work.
My first volunteer experience through Sands Cares was helping clean the homes of the elderly who live alone at Seac Pai Van public housing in Coloane. We spent time with the elderly residents and presented them with gift packs during the annual spring cleaning activity in preparation for Chinese New Year. Through these types of activities, Sands Cares offers a platform and an opportunity for Team Members to participate in meaningful community activities and give back to the community after work, fostering the development of a harmonious society. Sands Cares is without a doubt an important initiative. After joining the Sands Cares program, I became more cheerful and I learned to take the initiative to care about those around me, including my co-workers. Our working environment has since become more pleasant and enjoyable.
It is a life-changing experience to volunteer. It allows me to rediscover myself. I have always been a bit of an introvert, and after getting divorced, I became even quieter. One day when I took part in a volunteer activity organized by a local NGO, I realized that a failed marriage is not the end of the world. I gradually broke out of this slump and became cheerful again. I do not mind sharing my life experiences. I want people who are frustrated with life to know that they are not alone in this world. I have also experienced failure in my life, but I managed to pull through.
My favorite volunteer opportunity in 2017 was visiting the elderly and spending time with them. Elderly people are walking encyclopedias. You can learn so much about life just by talking to them. As both of my parents have passed away, I especially cherish the time I get to spend with the elderly, as it feels like I am spending time with my parents. I like to engage in volunteer activities aimed at helping the elderly. Through taking part in volunteer activities, Team Members will come to know that there are so many people in the world who are in need of help. It also makes us feel grateful for what we have, helps us become more considerate, which in turn creates harmony in the workplace as well as society.