Pure Talents Danny Yeo was back for a second time hosting this charity event for The St. Regis Singapore in celebration of family traditions! 2014 was a fun occasion with families competing to make the most number of mooncakes within 20 minutes.
Chef Cai from Yan Ting Restaurant was there to demonstrate professional mooncake making:
– Scoop a small piece of snowskin dough, flatten it and make a thin, round shape
– Scoop a smaller piece of lotus paste, place in center of dough
– Wrap the skin over the lotus paste, and gently roll it into a ball
– Remember to dust on flour while rolling it and throughout the entire process
– Place it into the mooncake mould and press it down – VIOLA!
To up the amount of donation for a charitable cause, this year’s friendly competition had a new time limit of 30 minutes and an increased number of participants. And… a new record was set – one family made more than 60 mooncakes! It was really heart-warming to see all the family members in a team working hand-in-hand and sharing the time together. The children were definitely enjoying themselves!
The Family Traditions Programme runs across all St. Regis properties. It is to celebrate the art of play and the pursuit of fun. The programme offers experiences with captivating activities tailored for younger guests and their families. At this event, we had with us media friends, business partners, valued clients and special friends from the American, Australian and Chinese embassies. It was truly an extraordinary experience making mooncakes together as family and friends and most importantly, having fun!
All contributions made through this event will go fully to UNICEF – the Check Out for Children Programme (COFC), a Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ adopted charity. More than 30 St. Regis staff volunteered to distribute mooncakes to Willing Hearts on 20th September, spending their Sunday morning cooking, preparing and packing food in the Willing Hearts kitchen for the beneficiaries.
UNICEF Check Out for Children Programme is a partnership between UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The partnership supports UNICEF Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) projects across Africa and the Middle East. 2015 marks 20 years of this partnership! This partnership programme invites guests across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to add $1 to their bill. This is to help UNICEF to provide clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities for children and their families across Africa and the Middle East. We would like to say a big thank you to our guests and employees who together have raised over $30 million to help UNICEF improve the lives of more than 4.5 million children. Everyday, 1400 children die from diseases caused by dirty water or poor sanitation. $1 can help provide 9 children with safe drinking water for a month.
Willing Hearts is a secular, non-denominational and non-affiliated charity. They are almost wholly run by volunteers, apart from a handful of staff. They operate a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks and distributes about 4,500 meals to the needy. 365 days a year. Their beneficiaries include the elderly, the disabled, low-income families, children from single-parent or otherwise poverty-stricken families, and migrant workers in Singapore.