Maybank Singapore's Pledge to 'Safety First' by Supplying Seniors with Induction Cookers

On 26 February 2011, Maybank Singapore provided 83 seniors residing in Toa Payoh with induction cookers. This pilot project by Central Singapore CDC for the elderly of Care Corner Seniors Activity Centre (SAC) was an effort to prevent a similar incident which happened in October 2010 where a gas cooker leak resulted in a HDB rental-flat fire that took the life of an elderly and injured three others. Due to their weakened sense of smell and declining memory, elderly who use gas stoves are vulnerable to such incidents. An induction cooker was thus a safer alternative to a gas cooker.

Gracing the event was Guest-of-Honour Ms Josephine Teo, Adviser for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. Also present was Maybank Singapore’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Pollie Sim, who delighted the seniors with a demonstration on how to cook her favourite recipe using the induction cooker. Volunteers from Maybank Singapore then accompanied the elderly home, to help install and explain to them first-hand the use of the induction cookers.

This project which cost around $7,000 was funded by the Maybank Family Fund, a fund set up by Maybank Singapore. We are indeed grateful to the Management and staff of Maybank Singapore for their generous support not just in the financial sponsorship but also in setting aside a Saturday morning to be physically present to offer help and interact with the seniors.

Maybank Singapore’s CEO, Ms Pollie Sim (second from left) addresses the seniors as Ms Josephine Teo, Adviser for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC (third from left, standing) looks on.

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