(Qoo10’s GM Yeo Se Jin and SPCA’s Executive Director Corrine Fong)
I’d usually ignore similar-sounding press releases because it’s usually about a company which decides to incorporate some CSR or Corporate Social Responsibility into its daily operations so as to get media publicity. But I have a soft spot for anything involving SPCA and/or animal welfare.
So, here goes…
Qoo10, in partnership with the Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA) Singapore, has raised S$14,906.77 to support its daily animal welfare operations including its animal shelter and animal rescue services.
Qoo10 users could choose to donate loyalty points earned on the site or buy certain items which pledged parts of proceeds to the charity drive. A total of 5,704 users and 380 merchants participated in the activity.
The cheque was presented by General Manager for Qoo10 Singapore, Mr Yeo Se Jin, to SPCA’s Executive Director Corrine Fong on 11 February 2015.
“E-commerce is a great enabler for businesses but it can also be used for good, charitable causes. SPCA has a long history of being an advocate for animal welfare and we wanted to provide a channel for our users to make donations to the charity,” said Mr Cho Hyun Wook, Country Manager for Qoo10 Singapore.
“We thank Qoo10 Singapore and its members for this generous donation. Indeed the animal and shelter operations take a massive chunk of money to run, and Qoo10’s donation come at an opportune time. We hope to continue this collaboration with Qoo10 Singapore for a long time.” said Ms Fong.
About Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a registered animal welfare charity and our two main objectives are to promote kindness to animals and to prevent cruelty to animals. Relying mainly on donations from the public and fundraising, the Society provides various animal welfare services including a 24 hour emergency service, cruelty investigation, education programme for schools and organisations, a sterilisation voucher programme for strays as well as running an animal shelter for abused and abandoned pets and strays. For more information, visit http://www.spca.org.sg
I’m so glad it’s the year of the goat. If it’s the year of the rabbit or dog, we might see sales and then abandonment cases of these animals increase in number. But ha! It’s not quite possible to get a pet goat in Singapore, is it?
Parents, don’t buy animals for your children just because they want to own a pet. It’s irresponsible, especially if the family has neither the time or knowledge regarding the care for these animals. Also, it’s a life-long commitment (usually based on the animal’s lifespan, unless you are keeping a turtle as a pet, I guess).
If you absolutely have to buy a small animal because it’ll bring you good luck for that particular year, wait till the year of the Rat then go to Bukit Batok to get a pet. I heard there’s a rat infestation issue there. 😉
Be kind to animals. And maybe, people.