This Ramadan, Royal Plaza on Scotts (RP) welcomed migrant and domestic workers to the hotel on 24 May, 7pm for iftar (break fast). The event was part of RP’s ‘Bond to Give’ CSR initiative and was in collaboration with Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), a registered society and charity dedicated to the welfare of migrant workers in Singapore.
At sunset, 50 migrant and domestic workers gathered together at RP for iftar with a delightful spread of mutton rendang, pan-seared prawns with homemade sambal and French beans, five-spice yam roll, assorted nonya kueh and more.
A prayer session was also organised for the migrant and domestic workers.
In addition, the hotel gave out goodie bags filled with daily necessities such as soap bar, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor kit, body lotion and phone cards. Food items such as dates, biscuits, chocolates and milo were also included.
Ms Novia Arluma, 40, from Indonesia, who worked in Singapore as a domestic worker since 2012 and volunteers with HOME’s Sunday helpdesk to extend a helping hand to other domestic workers, was part of the iftar. “We are very happy to be invited to the event as we all felt respected and appreciated as individuals,” said Arluma.
Mr Hussain Md Monir, 32, an electrician from Bangladesh, expressed “It is a treat to break fast at Royal Plaza on Scotts over a gathering with my friends.”
“We would like to show our appreciation to these individuals who work tirelessly to contribute to our community. It is not easy to be away from loved ones and we hope that through this event, we are able to let the migrant and domestic workers feel at home in Singapore,” said Mr Patrick Fiat, General Manager and Chief Experience Officer (CEO) of RP.
‘Bond to Give’ is a CSR programme in its second year and it aims to spur talents of the hotel to organise and do charity work to make a difference for the less privileged. The hotel offers a subsidy of up to S$200 when talents get together to participate in activity-based charity efforts.
RP actively organises CSR initiatives such as annual visits to old folks’ homes and encourages all talents to take part in ComChest’s SHARE programme, a workplace-giving programme where their pledged monthly donations go towards the helping the beneficiaries.