Some 24 children were given the rare opportunity to meet one of the world's top women golfers, Feng Shan Shan, up close and personal today.
The young children had the opportunity to hear first-hand from Shan Shan about her long and challenging journey to success, and how her achievements in golf is underpinned by hard work and discipline in life.
Shan Shan is in Singapore to take part in the annual HSBC Women's Championship that takes place this week from 27/02/14 to 02/03/14.
The children, aged 7 to 16, are beneficiaries of Bedok North Moral Family Service Centre, a voluntary welfare organisation (VWO) which has been a long-time partner of HSBC for the its corporate responsibility programme.
Shan Shan was joined at the HSBC event by Singapore’s top junior golfers, Amanda Tan of the HSBC Youth Golf Challenge fame, and Janet Li, a veteran player from the HSBC Junior Golf Programme in China.
Besides joining Shan Shan to interact with the children, Amanda and Janet also conducted a golf clinic for the children.
“Through these worldwide junior golfing tournaments such as the HSBC Youth Golf Challenge, we aim to help young people develop the values that will enable them to become good individuals in life. Our main takeaway for the children present today is that each one of them has the ability to succeed regardless of their circumstances,” said Mr Guy Harvey-Samuel, CEO, HSBC Singapore.
Shan Shan, Amanda and Janet were hosted to a visit at the home of brothers Lim Jun Hong, 12, and Jun Wei, 10.
The two brothers' 3-room flat had been refurbished and fitted with study desks by HSBC staff volunteers last year as part of the HSBC Corporate Responsibility Challenge.
“At HSBC, we believe in giving back to the communities in which we do business. This is why we hold the HSBC Corporate Responsibility Challenge every year, where some 750 HSBC employees and corporate partners team up to improve the living conditions of needy children and the elderly,” adds Mr Harvey-Samuel.
The brothers were picked for the up-close-and-personal session with Shan Shan as further motivation for having shown improvement in their studies and behavior since their home was refurbished by HSBC volunteers.
Knowing that Jun Wei’s ambition is to be a photographer, HSBC presented him with a photography book, while Jun Hong received a book on self-improvement with motivational tips.
The brothers and their parents also proudly showed the golfers around their refurbished home, including the conducive study area set up for them.
The refurbishment of the brothers’ home was carried out by staff volunteers through the Bank’s Volunteers@HSBC programme, a platform through which HSBC employees organise and participate in community service projects. These range from meal deliveries to the poor and elderly; tuition and enrichment activities for underprivileged children; to environmental conservation programmes.