Syniverse Helps Give Back in Singapore and Hong Kong

Filed in China, Corporate Social Responsibility by on September 25, 2015 1 Comment

At Syniverse’s Singapore and Hong Kong offices, we’ve had a fortunate opportunity to be a part of the incredible growth in mobile  that has been transforming Asia. We’ve also had a golden opportunity to help Syniverse share some of the rewards of our business growth in our local communities, and in this post I would like to tell about two of these efforts.

The first of these efforts was a 5K charity run called Frost & Sullivan Corporate Challenge ‘15 that we participated in at MacRitchie Reservoir Park in Singapore on Aug. 22. The run raised funds for Bright Hill Evergreen Home, a nursing home for the disadvantaged and aged that provides a range of healthcare, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and social services.

Our Singapore office chose this event as one of our efforts after our employee association group identified it as a good fit and a charity popular among our staff. Although not all of us are runners, a lot of us eagerly signed up to take part, and our individual results for the 5K race reflected this with fast times, as well as some not so fast times (with me taking the longest, because I walk briskly instead of run J). But, importantly, we all had a lot of fun getting together outside of work and sharing a rewarding team-building experience to help a worthwhile organization.

Singapore_Team2Our team, with me fourth from the left.

Singapore_Team4Our team shares our accomplishment for social media.

In the end, our office funded three running teams, including nine employees and two family members, that helped form the approximately 800 runners that participated in the event and raised a total of SG$140,000 (US$99,190). It’s an accomplishment that we hope will be one of the first of many efforts to help charities here in our community in Singapore.

In addition to our Singapore office taking part in a run, earlier this year our Hong Kong office participated in a charity event of its own. Our team members there took part in the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Orienteering Competition 2015. MSF is a medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemic, natural disaster and exclusion from healthcare. The MSF Orienteering Competition is an event that allows participants to experience the challenges faced by MSF field workers when they journey to some of the world’s most challenging environments to provide medical aid to patients.

Just as we chose Bright Hill Evergreen Hill Home through our employee association, we also chose MSF for our Hong Kong charity through our Hong Kong employee association. Our office there assembled three teams, with a total of 12 people, to participate in the event. Each team used a map and compass to locate and overcome various obstacles within a certain time limit and earned points at each part of the course. The entire event lasted about three hours.

All in all, our team joined approximately 4,500 other participants and helped raised a total of over HK$6.5 million (US$838,700). The funds go directly to supporting MSF medical relief work and enabling MSF workers to respond to emergencies around the world.

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Hong_Kong_Team6Our Hong Kong team at the MSF Orienteering Competition 2015.

Both our Singapore and Hong Kong events are rewarding to me in a number of ways. Personally, I believe strongly in giving back to the community, and I think that giving back starts from home. Our workplace is our second home, and taking part in these activities through Syniverse offers us an opportunity to give back to the home communities that have helped us prosper in the dynamic mobile market in Asia Pacific. We look forward to many more opportunities to come.

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Angie Ng is a former Senior Director of Human Resources at Syniverse.

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  1. avatar Darlene Limtiaco says:

    Well done team!

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