DBS is collaborating with social enterprises supported by DBS Foundation and vendors to distribute complimentary care packages, healthy snacks, lunch bentos, coffee and gelato to healthcare professionals who have been working tirelessly in the wake of the COVID-19 situation. The bank will also be providing hand sanitisers to social service agencies, which will go towards those in need.
Over the next two weeks, 25,000 staff from seven public hospitals (Changi General Hospital, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, National University Hospital, Sengkang General Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID)) will receive care packages comprising a wide array of personal care items, lunch bentos, coffee and gelato on the house. The personal care items, including kits to ease muscle aches and pains, as well as facial masks and moisturisers, have been carefully selected to provide healthcare workers some comfort after a long day at work.
In addition, DBS will distribute hand sanitisers to social service agencies who support more than 7,000 beneficiaries, including persons with disabilities and children.
The slew of initiatives kicked off today, where healthcare staff at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital were given treats such as coffee and healthy snacks by social enterprises Foreword Coffee and BoxGreen.
Said Shee Tse Koon, DBS Singapore Country Head, “Our outreach to healthcare professionals and community partners adds to the bank’s collective efforts to help the national battle against COVID-19. It is important to us at DBS to honour Singapore’s healthcare and community workers who have been standing on the frontline through the virus outbreak – and that goes beyond saying thank you. Together with our social enterprise partners and vendors, we would like to show our support and gratitude for their dedication and sacrifice. We also hope that our small gesture will encourage and remind them that there is strength in numbers and we will overcome this virus together.”
Said Ms Mumtaj Ibrahim, Senior Manager, Community Relations, Singapore General Hospital, “We would like to thank DBS for the gifts that will brighten the days of our colleagues, many of whom are putting in long hours during this crucial period. These gestures of goodwill are deeply appreciated by all of us at SGH and will keep us going in the fight against COVID-19.”
DBS has launched a range of liquidity relief measures and other initiatives to help businesses, retail customers and communities impacted by the COVID-19 situation. These include a liquidity relief package for SMEs, home loan payment relief, free online supplementary classes for primary and secondary school students, as well as free COVID-19 relief insurance coverage for all five million DBS/POSB customers and their families.