To date, the donations collected by the partners and employees as well as the Group’s match giving programme amount to over CHF 55,000. This is a great effort and a resounding success!
Caring Beyond COVID
The pandemic has hit the entire planet, but people have experienced it differently according to the country they are located in, their family situation and the type of work they carry out. A number of incredible initiatives went viral, such as free local food delivery to elder people, evening balcony singing with neighbours or free online classes.
How did REYL employees around the world experience kindness in their community in these challenging times? According to Nicolas Farah, CEO of REYL Dubai: “Here in Dubai, the worst of the lockdown came during the month of Ramadan, which is normally a time of family visits, communal meals and inward reflection. As the disease spread through the poorest segments of society, I was pleasantly surprised by the spirit of giving that our team displayed, especially the local matched giving programme to the Emirates Red Crescent Society, which was a tremendous success.”
Giving Starts at Home
Giving to the outside world is one way to make a difference. Another way is to pay more attention to the people that surround us, day after day. Evelyn Chan, Middle Office Officer in REYL Singapore, notices: “Great teamwork: helping one another during Covid-19. For instance, my fellow colleagues who can report to work in the office helped to take care of my plants. Great management also: our CEO called us up individually to chat with us to see if everyone and their family were coping well. Every employee also received 2 tubs of premium ice-cream during one of our weekly zooms to boost up our morale with a virtual party during lockdown.”
Riccardo Moriani, Head of REYL’s Lugano Branch, concludes: “Now more than ever, the fight against COVID encourages solidarity. The virus has hit our region very hard and the cohesion has immediately and spontaneously manifested. I truly realised that even our smallest actions as individuals can have great meaning, helping us connect and move forward in times of crisis. Coronavirus is indeed changing our world, but instead of breaking us apart, it has potential to unite and create a significant change.”
Despite its dire effects and uncertain future, perhaps the pandemic will have one positive lasting effect, after all – it’s teaching us to give.