Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) partners with Central Singapore CDC to celebrate National Day by bringing 53 volunteers together to paint murals at the Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled

7 August 2018

In celebration of Singapore’s 53rd National Day theme this year, “18 days of giving, a lifetime of caring”, Singapore-based marine services conglomerate, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) partnered with Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) to rally 53 volunteers to paint a series of colourful murals for residents at the Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled.

“At Swire, we believe in supporting the local communities where we operate our business. Through this partnership with Central Singapore CDC, we celebrate Singapore’s 53rd birthday and our 43rd anniversary via the Painting Smiles programme – a community initiative that aims to brighten up shared community spaces for residents through wall murals. By bringing our employees, colleagues in our sister companies in Singapore, industry partners and students together, we hope that the murals we painted will bring some cheer and colour to Bishan Home and its residents. Projects like these provide a great way to connect with the community and for participants to learn about the good work of non-profit organisations serving the underprivileged community here in Singapore,” said Managing Director, SPO, Ron Mathison.

This year, in addition to its own employees, SPO also reached out to fellow colleagues from other Swire companies based in Singapore, including Swire Oilfield Services (SOS), The China Navigation Company (CNCo) and Cathay Pacific. With the support of its sister companies, as well as industry partners and members from the Singapore Shipping Association, SPO has managed to rally 53 volunteers to take part in this meaningful project. Four students from the Temasek Polytechnic’s Communications & Media Management, School of Business also volunteered as photographers and videographers for the first time. To view the video montage by the student volunteers, please go to https://youtu.be/BCQtkRJmMoY or view SPO’s slides at https://youtu.be/MVSJPhEXorQ

“Bishan Home was launched by then Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 1998 and we turn 20 years old this year. These colourful murals are much welcomed and certainly brightened up the premises of Bishan Home. It’s great to see companies like Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) taking the lead to rally different partners to serve the community. Special thanks to Central Singapore CDC and to all the volunteers who have helped to paint murals and mingle with our residents,” said Head of Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled, S. Kumar.

The floral-themed murals at Bishan Home were conceptualised by a Singaporean artist, Adam Wang. Also known as “Dem”, Adam is a highly experienced graphic designer and an urban artist renowned for his graffiti artworks. This is the fourth mural project that SPO has done as part of its annual staff engagement and community outreach programmes. SPO painted kampong-themed murals for the Lion’s Befrienders’ Senior Activity Centre in Bendemeer in 2017, Singapore landscape-themed murals at the Peace Connect Senior Activity Centre in 2016 and nature-themed murals at the Bright Vision Hospital in 2015.

To make the event more enjoyable, SPO incorporated a rojak-making session where volunteers took on the role of befrienders and partnered the residents of Bishan Home to guide them on how to cut the vegetables and prepare fruit-rojak. The hands-on session was facilitated by Roger Cheong, a stroke survivor who was given a new lease of life at Dignity Kitchen to man his own rojak stall. Dignity Kitchen is part of Project Dignity, a social enterprise that helps disabled and disadvantaged people through vocations. SPO is a long term supporter of Project Dignity and has organised book and toys collection drives in support of the social enterprise.

For media queries, please contact
Dorothy Ng, Manager, Corporate Communications
Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd

DID : (65) 6505 3228 Mobile: 96315500
Email : dorothy.ng@swire.com.sg

Cheryl Lew
Assistant Manager (Communications)
Central Singapore Community Development Council

DID : 6715 7594 Mobile : 9112 3928
Email : cheryl_lew@pa.gov.sg

Please refer to Annex A for Painting Smiles Programme Fact Sheet.

About Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO)
Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd is a marine services conglomerate and a leading service provider to the offshore oil and gas industry with a network that spans the globe. Operating for more than 40 years, SPO has become a trusted name in the oil and gas industry. SPO has operated in Singapore since 1975 and moved its headquarters there in 1992. SPO is a fully owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Limited. In line with its vision, “Excellence in Marine Services”, strong emphasis is placed on health and safety, the environment and sustainable development. SPO and its subsidiaries operate vessels in every major oil exploration region outside of USA and have offices in Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, The Philippines, Russia, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates. For more details, visit http://www.swire.com.sg

About Central Singapore Community Development Council
Lying at the heart of Singapore, the Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) serves close to one million residents living in Ang Mo Kio, Bishan-Toa Payoh, Jalan Besar and Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs), and Radin Mas, Potong Pasir, and Sengkang West Single Member Constituencies (SMCs). The CDC envisions a self-reliant, vibrant and inclusive Central Singapore District. It works in close partnership with schools, voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs), grassroots organisations (GROs), government and commercial agencies to fulfil its mission of assisting the needy, bonding the people and connecting the community.  

Annex A: PROGRAMME FACT SHEET: PAINTING SMILES

Vision of Painting Smiles

To build a vibrant Central Singapore District and promote art appreciation through interactive mural art

What is Painting Smiles?

Painting Smiles is a roving arts initiative to bring smiles to residents by creating vibrant and cheerful shared community spaces in the Central Singapore District through the use of bright and therapeutic colours on wall murals. Painting Smiles connects Central Singapore District through wall mural. Through the creation of a Central District map and working with art schools, art students get opportunity to represent the heritage elements of every district through their mural design. Residents can experience various forms of art, in an organic manner of visiting districts in Central Singapore.

Why Painting Smiles?

Painting Smiles aims to bring joy to our community by turning blank walls to creative arts murals in common spaces in/or near community organisations (e.g. void decks at Senior Activity Centres, Community Hospitals, Voluntary Welfare Organisations etc.) by encouraging volunteerism though an interactive, fun activity. Provide platform for volunteers to contribute and learn about local culture and heritage.

New Initiatives – Painting Smiles 2.0:

Since 2017, Central Singapore CDC established cross collaboration with students from Art Faculty/School, NAFA & LASALLE, to promote arts in heartlands and increase human traffic to community spaces, through garnering the support of various stakeholders. Central Singapore CDC aims to connect Central District through interactive mural walls and also showcase the local talents, both current students and professional artists, of today’s Art Community.

This also serves as the platform for volunteers to contribute and learn about the local cultures and heritage, in the aim to bring out identity and heritage of various districts in Central Singapore.