2018 is the sixth year that Dow has been partnering Autism Association (Singapore) to raise funds for Eden Centre for Adults. In this issue of Autism Links, we asked Dow’s leaders why they have stuck with the Association through thick and thin and how they are walking the talk.
Walking With You
Nestled between a busy highway and against the peaceful backdrop of a reservoir, Lower Seletar Reservoir Park was the rendezvous point for over 50 Eden students, clients and their families who participated in Dow’s Shine in Blue Walk and Carnival on Saturday, 4 August 2018.
“We’ve chosen to support the autism community, and specifically adults because we are aware of the challenges they face, and that of their caregivers,” Mr Paul Fong, Country Manager, Dow Singapore & Malaysia explained. “We hope our help could provide the adults with autism a chance to integrate into our society, and at the same time, serve as a pillar of hope for their caregivers.”
Led by Mr Paul Fong, the group made up of Eden and Dow families explored the Active, Beautiful and Clean (ABC) Waters Learning Trail to learn more about Lower Seletar Reservoir Park before proceeding to Yishun ActiveSG Stadium for the Carnival activities. The route round the reservoir park to the Stadium may have only been 2.4km yet it was symbolic of the journey that Dow is taking with the Association.
Flight for Good
To drive home the message, Dow organised a Golf Charity Tournament & Dinner event for its partners and customers on 13 August 2018 at Orchid Country Club. During the dinner, videos of the beneficiaries that Dow is supporting around the region was screened. The Association is Dow’s beneficiary of choice for Singapore.
Inclusion – that’s the buzzword here. For Dow, this means telling and reminding everyone in their circle of influence to be inclusive and showing what it takes to be truly inclusive.
“If diversity is who we are – the collection of all of our unique differences, then inclusion is the intentional and deliberate action we take to create a culture that embraces and values those differences. Diversity alone is not enough. We must fully engage people through inclusion,” stressed Ms Karen Carter, Dow’s Chief Inclusion Officer, at Dow Southeast Asia Inclusion & Diversity Forum on 20 September 2018.
The Association was invited to the forum to participate in the Walk in my Shoes discussion panel featuring NGOs, beneficiaries of various forms of support from the community. This forum served to further promote inclusiveness among corporates, grassroots and organisations keen to embark on this journey.
Cheque Us Out
“Dow believes in giving back to the communities we work in, rallying our employees, customers and partners at the same time. And our activities are designed to encourage giving through direct engagement with our beneficiaries, and involving our employees in every step of the giving for a meaningful outcome,” emphasised Mr Kenny Ogawa, Dow President, Southeast Asia.
Annually for the past five years, Dow employees have voluntarily donated part of their salary to support adults with autism. Having witnessed how their support have helped in big ways including the opening of the second Eden Centre in Clementi in 2016, they were humbled. This year, Dow’s total donation to the Association was the highest in the past years.
The 2018 fund raising campaign ended on a high note with a visit to Eden Centre for Adults (Clementi) by Dow's Chief Inclusion Officer, Ms Karen Carter, on 20 September 2018. Ms Carter presented the Association with a cheque of $100,000.00 designated for Eden Centre for Adults.