“Making a difference to the individuals and communities we live and work amongst.”
At the heart of our core values is “We Care”, which is best exemplified through what our teams do whether through company-led activities or on their own as individual volunteers.
The creativity and We Care spirit of Fitness First teams around the world have helped many good causes. From raising funds for disaster relief, building homes for Typhoon victims, donation drives for orphanages, organizing fitness talks or public service announcements, donating blood or delivering books to build libraries, the spirit of We Care is alive in what we do, as company or as individuals. Our We Care value defines who we are and guides our passionate teams to help people from all walks of life change their lives for the better through fitness or a myriad of other ways.
A total of 42 bags of blood were raised during the 2016 Fitness First blood donation drive. The programme, which was conducted in partnership with the Singapore Red Cross Society in the Fitness First club at One Raffles Quay on 29 September, was a success as it saw club staff and members, as well as individuals from the public, band together for a worthy cause.
The initiative is part of Fitness First Singapore’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to assist the Singapore Red Cross Society in growing the number of blood donations and donors nationally, as there is a need for more donations to meet the increasing demands.
Marketing efforts for the drive begun three weeks prior to the event, to raise awareness about the event and to educate the public about the benefits of donating blood. Fitness First plans to continue supporting this cause by organising annual blood donation drives.
As a leading health and fitness company that prides itself on harnessing the sporting potential of all athletes, Fitness First is proud to be working in partnership with Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) that will see the sponsorship of 12 para athletes in support of their journey to the 9th ASEAN Para Games.
This sponsorship with SDSC represents our first initiative to work alongside athletes with disabilities in Singapore.
Under the agreement, Fitness First will offer Passport memberships to 12 non-carded athletes and four officials on the SDSC’s goalball team. The goalball team will be able to use Fitness First clubs as venues to train, as well as use the facilities on their own or with the aid of a companion.
A Fitness First global fundraising drive in 2013 which raised P3.2mllion for Gawad Kalinga came to fruition in 2015 when 22 houses in the Fitness First GK Village were turned over to families who were victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
Fore-going the annual party and putting the budget into the project, Fitness First Philippines also gave time off to staff to volunteer at relief centres to assist in the packing of supplies when the disaster hit in 2013.
Fitness First has been a long time partner of Gawad Kalinga dating back to 2008 when all senior managers in Asia took time off an annual Asia convention to help build/paint houses in a marginalized community in Taguig.
When news broke that millions of people in Nepal were made homeless by the devastating 2015 Nepal earthquakes, Fitness First teams in Asia responded with 8700 British pounds raised in a month which was donated to relief funds via organisations like the Red Cross, World Vision and Habitat for Humanity.
Fitness First Thailand responded with special activities in clubs which raised 6,000 pounds (320,000 baht), while Fitness First Singapore published announcements to encourage members to donate directly to relief efforts and raised 1966pounds (S$4075) from a donation drive amongst staff.
Fitness First Personal Trainers also donated their time to provide complimentary sessions and special classes were put together for members as part of activities to raise awareness for plight of victims. Read on for the story from Fitness First Malaysia…
Fitness First Hong Kong won the country’s Caring Company award and their We Care spirit was recently exhibited as Fitness First staff took to the streets in a fund-raising flag day for the Fu Hong Society which benefits people with intellectual, physical or psychiatric disabilities, and autism.
Held at Fitness First at Taikoo Place, Hong Kong, Extreme Ride 2015 raised HKD23,000 for a local Hong Kong charity. Participants clinched their hotly-contested spot in the intense, three-hour cycling experience specially put together by the Fitness First team either by being nominated by their friends or making a donation to a local charity.
Fitness First Singapore and Malaysia hold regular blood donation drives to help raise awareness for and encourage new donors to save the lives of many in need of blood for surgery, cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Fitness First Singapore regularly supports Breast Cancer Awareness month and Movember to raise awareness for 2 of the most deadly cancers. From educational materials to fitness challenges, Fitness First club teams get creative every year to come up with special activities to raise awareness of how exercise can help in the prevention or alleviation of this disease.
Fitness First Indonesia has partnered BBS (Belajar Bersama Sjors) in aid of street kids in Jakarta. Efforts include a organizing a 5km Fun Run and Freestyle Mass Workout from which Rp. 38.431.000 was raised for the charity.
There also are many unsung heroes amongst our teams who support good causes on their own, from getting pledges for competing in races to donating books to the less fortunate.
Check for updates and more activities at our We Care section on our Facebook page.