For many, Christmas is a time of joy, but also an opportunity to share that cheer with those less fortunate.
At Singapore’s Evolve MMA, which is the gym home to many ONE Championship athletes including women’s atomweight titleholder Angela Lee, they have made it an annual pledge to spread their Christmas spirit with Cambodia’s children, all through a charitable collection drive.
Collaborating with the non-profit, non-governmental organization Caring for Cambodia (CFC), Evolve has helped bring everyday necessities to underprivileged children in “The Kingdom of Wonder” for the last two years.
Through donations of school supplies and essential health products, the gym is making a real difference.
“This ‘Caring for Cambodia’ drive with Evolve is meant to be an opportunity for Evolve members and staff to donate the most basic items to the children who go to ‘Caring for Cambodia’ schools,” Development Officer Vanessa Moore explains.
“There are 6,600 of them, many of whom don’t even have shoes, are hungry, do not have appropriate school supplies, and do not have first aid and hygiene kits.”
This kind of philanthropic drive has been a pillar in the gym ever since it was founded in January 2009 by ONE Chairman and CEO, Chatri Sityodtong.
“At Evolve MMA, we like to involve everyone in helping others and paying forward. We have weekly outreach programs in Singapore to help the underprivileged, the youths at risks, children with special learning needs, and children with cancer. Many students volunteer their time,” says Richard Wee, Evolve Community Outreach Program Coordinator.
“Once a year, we organize a donation drive for everyone at Evolve MMA to contribute. We seek out and work with an organization – Caring for Cambodia – to collect donations for the Cambodian children. Such donation includes medical supplies, dental, stationery, and flip-flops.”
With a couple of days before the collection drive finishes, the Singapore-based gym urges everyone to help in any way they can.
This can be done by donating the items as mentioned above through their gym or getting in touch with Caring for Cambodia, helping them to ensure proper education and the well-being of over 6,600 children in Cambodia.
“We want to show our care and concern to those in need,” Wee adds. “We hope that our small token of charity can help the Cambodian children and their families.”
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