In August, 30 Sands China Care Ambassadors spent the day with Macau Special Olympics (MSO) athletes and their families as part of the 2016 Macau Youth Volunteer Association’s One Day Volunteer program. Sands China’s continuous participation in volunteer activities demonstrates the company’s dedication to fostering harmony, respect for differences and acceptance of people with disabilities in the local community.
Around 40 Special Olympics athletes and family members joined the Care Ambassadors at Po’s Kung Fu Feast Character Breakfast with the DreamWorks All-Stars at Sands Cotai CentralSunday morning, where they had fun interacting with DreamWorks characters like Madagascar’s Alex the lion and Po from Kung Fu Panda while enjoying a buffet breakfast together. They then headed to the MSO office, where the Care Ambassadors played games with MSO members and learned more about connecting with the mentally disabled.
“This is my fifth year doing One Day Volunteer with Sands China,” said one of the participating volunteers. “Every year is rewarding, and I always come away from it feeling like I get so much more out of it than I put in. Interacting with groups like the Macau Special Olympics is very meaningful, and I’m looking forward to next year’s activities.”
The One Day Volunteer program is coordinated by the Macau Youth Volunteer Association, which was established in 1993. The organization is a non-profit volunteer group that aims to promote the spirit of volunteering, serve the community, fulfill one’s potential and broaden one’s horizons. The One Day Volunteer event was initiated in 2000 and aims to encourage the general public to utilize every opportunity presented to them to serve others in need. Aside from providing an enriching experience, it also encourages participants to engage more in volunteer services.
Sunday’s activities marked the company’s eighth year of participation in the annual One Day Volunteer program. Sands China Care Ambassadors have been taking part in One Day Volunteer since 2009, having served the elderly, the physically and mentally disabled, and hearing impaired by accompanying them on activities such as a visit to Ice World, a tour of Coloane and Taipa, learning sign language, drawing, and hosting a singing contest.