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HSBC donates 24,267 hours of electrical power to Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore via Geneco

HSBC’s donation, via retail electricity provider Geneco, will power the Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore’s facility for 33 months

Singapore, 8 March 2019 – HSBC today has donated 24,267 hours of electricity to the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) of Singapore, a globally recognised facility which provides equine-assisted therapy (also known as hippotherapy) free of charge to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities.The donation is part of the Swing for Power initiative for this year’s HSBC Women’s World Championship (HWWC), and made in conjunction with International Women’s Day. HSBC will sponsor 24,267 hours of electricity via Geneco, one of the leading retail electricity providers in the nation’s Open Electricity Market (OEM).

Swing for Power

How powerful is a golf swing? Enough to power the community. Through collective golf swings, HSBC harnessed the power of the public for a good cause – Each golf swing from the HSBC Swing for Power initiative would help provide electricity to support the local community in Singapore.

Since 8 February 2019, five Swing for Power roadshows were set up across Singapore’s high human traffic areas – Plaza Singapura, West Mall, Century Square, VivoCity, and Ang Mo Kio Hub. A Swing for Power booth was also made available during the HWWC 2019 at Sentosa Golf Club from 28 February to 3 March 2019. For every golf swing made at the roadshows, interactive bus shelters and through the online game, HSBC contributed 3 hours of electricity to power facilities at RDA. The contribution was made via Geneco, RDA’s electricity provider. A total of 8,089 people participated in the Swing for Power initiative, harnessing 24,267 hours of electricity, which will power the RDA facility for 33 months.

With every swing, participants could take a picture of a screen with the number of hours of power they helped to generate. Participants were also given HSBC merchandise as a token of appreciation for their contribution.

“At HSBC, we’re always looking for ways to give back to our local communities. This year, we decided to harness the collective power of the people to support the amazing work that RDA is doing for those in need,” said Tony Cripps, Group General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Singapore. “The success of the Swing for Power initiative was achieved by mobilising the public for the common good. We are heartened by the results from this initiative and we hope that the contribution will benefit more Singaporeans with disabilities.”

“We would like to thank HSBC for their generous contribution. The donation will enable us to further our cause, transform the minds, bodies and lives of those with disabilities through equine assisted activities,” said Choy Weng Leong, Executive Director of RDA Singapore.

Geneco helps RDA power the change

Commenting on the partnership, Low Boon Tong, Executive Vice President, Retail, Geneco by YTL PowerSeraya, said, “We strongly believe in powering the change for our community, not just through providing electricity, but further catalysing the good work that is already underway. We’re proud to partner with HSBC, and to provide 24,267 hours of electricity for RDA, to whom we have been retailing electricity for the past few years. By ensuring that their electricity needs are taken care of, they will have more resources to invoke positive change for their community.”

World-class golfer Pernilla Lindberg at RDA

On 26 February 2019, major winner and one of the world’s top 50 female golfers, Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden swapped the golf course for the riding paddock as she visited the RDA as a special guest to observe a daily therapy session to raise awareness for HSBC’s Swing for Power initiative. Lindberg, the reigning ANA Inspiration champion, was given a guided tour of the stables and riding centre and witnessed at first-hand the commendable work being delivered by the association each and every day.

The three-hour forum was targeted at carbon space experts, business owners and energy managers. Industry experts were brought in to share about how global climate action translates into direct cost impacts on business in Singapore and how companies can transit to a low-carbon business model.

One of the speaker, Mr Vinod Kesava, the co-founder and chief executive officer of the Climate Resources Exchange (CRX), shared about the untapped potential of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. He also shared the successes in the integration of renewable energy with environmental attributes from carbon credits and renewable energy certificates.

At one of the talks during the forum, Ms Pooja Bansal, a YTL-SV Carbon senior consultant specialising in energy and environment management, delved deeper into the renewable energy certificates and carbon credits verification process and provided practical tips to identify credible certificated and credits available in the market that can be used by companies for their respective environmental attributes.

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