Through Sands Cares, Las Vegas Sands and its properties give back to the communities in which they operate as part of our responsibility as good corporate citizens. Sands for Singapore, an initiative through Sands Cares, is a multi-day festival that serves to increase public awareness of partner charities and raise funds for them through several series of events. At the True Colors Festival in March, more than 100 Team Members at Marina Bay Sands spent an evening with 40 Sands for Singapore beneficiaries from Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS), Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), and AWWA.
The festival brought together some of the world’s foremost artists with disabilities in a multi-faceted celebration, including a concert – featuring more than 150 performers from 18 countries – and interactive games that raise awareness of persons with disabilities. Team Member volunteers had the opportunity to be a “buddy” to their respective beneficiaries during an activity.
“Having participated in previous Sands for Singapore activities, I expected my role just to be to provide assistance and support to beneficiaries. However, I had a much different experience at the festival, one that I have not felt before,” Jess Toh, Learning Specialist, Talent Development for Human Resources at Marina Bay Sands said. “Through interacting with the beneficiaries we hosted and watching the performances by the special needs artists, I was reminded that life is so much more than the endless rat race. The performances brought tears to my eyes. It reminded me that we need to slow ourselves down from time to time, look around us and embrace what we have.”