FedEx Volunteers ‘Push the Boat Out’ for Flash-flood River Clean-up
SINGAPORE, September 17, 2013 — Forty employees from FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, and family members volunteered their time to clean up Singapore’s rivers and waterways last Saturday (September 14), helping to remove litter that flowed into the Kallang basin during the recent series of flash floods.
The unseasonal torrential rains were responsible for sweeping twice the average amount of litter through the canals, according to the Waterways Watch Society of Singapore (WWS), a non-profit organization which conducts cleaning operations in Kallang Basin and Singapore River.
Understanding the importance of keeping Singapore’s waterways clean, a group of FedEx volunteers and their families joined WWS on boat patrol to collect litter in the Kallang Basin and Singapore River, while another group of volunteers went on bicycles to collect litter along the river banks.
The clean-up exercise was part of FedEx Cares Week, which is an annual initiative where FedEx employees in 11 Asia Pacific markets participated in community projects between September 7 – 15.
With a global theme of “Uncommon Heroes, Common Good.” this year, FedEx Asia Pacific volunteers have committed to more than 4,000 hours in 36 community activities and generate goodwill in their local communities by making a difference in people’s lives.
This year’s projects include cleaning up parks and coastlines, preparing and distributing meals for the needy, providing care for disadvantaged children, and promoting environmentally responsible behavior. (See Appendix for detailed local programs).
“At FedEx, volunteerism is all about making a difference to the lives of those around us in a very tangible way,” said Khoo Seng-Thiam, managing director, FedEx Express Singapore.
“Each year we see more of our employees taking part in our FedEx Cares Week activities and many also involve their families in this key initiative that happens not only in Singapore, but also globally. We are proud to be able to able to make a positive difference in our community,” he added.
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, FedEx Cares Week is one of the many ways FedEx is giving back to the community. For example, in April, more than 300 team members in mainland China, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam joined the 40th anniversary volunteer activities, which included reading, safety, and mobile medical clinic programs for children, as well as sustainability projects in the community.
Since FedEx Cares Week first launched in the U.S. in 2005, it has expanded to more than 40 countries and territories around the globe. Together, FedEx volunteers around the world will donate thousands of hours of their time serving their local communities and improving the quality of life for people in need.
For more information about FedEx Cares Week and FedEx commitment to volunteerism and the Asia Pacific communities it serves, please visit facebook.com/FedExAPAC or https://newsroom.fedex.com/newsroom/.
About FedEx Express
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