Tuesday, April 17, 2012

McDonald donates $60,000 to MINDS, unveils attachment programme

SINGAPORE: The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) received a $60,000 boost on Monday from fast-food chain McDonald's.

The bulk of the money was accumulated from January where McDonald's had pledged 10 cents from the sale of each Prosperity Feast and Extra Value Meals to the fund.

The other 10 per cent of the amount comes from public donations.

McDonald's has also unveiled an attachment programme for special-needs students from MINDS to gain work experience.

Six students will be attached to its Queensway and Harbourfront Centre branches to learn more about restaurant work.

Keh Eng Song, CEO of MINDS, said: "We are always looking out for opportunity for the kids to go out and learn, and to be exposed to a real-work environment. For example, a lot of them are not able to take up full day's work because they come to school for half a day, so that's one aspect they actually learn.

"Nothing beats a real-work environment. Of course they may do part of it in the school as well, but a real-work environment would be very suitable for them, and I'm very happy that McDonald's is prepared to give us that opportunity. We are on the look out for a lot more."

Judy Harman, Managing Director of McDonald's Singapore, said: "The collaboration with MINDS came about when we set up an employee volunteering programme, so it allows our employees to volunteer ... to help out the community, and MINDS became a great partner for us to do that."

- CNA/de

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Source From Channel News Asia

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