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Charity auction raises money to give the gift of sight
Jones Lang LaSalle and Standard Chartered Bank join forces to tackle avoidable
SINGAPORE, 5 September 2011 – An impressive SGD 200,000 was raised at a charity dinner and
auction held in Singapore this month to aid Seeing is Believing, a global initiative aimed at preventing
The event, hosted by Jones Lang LaSalle, raised SGD 100,000, with Standard Chartered Bank matching
the donations dollar-for-dollar to double the final tally.
Seeing is Believing is a collaboration between Standard Chartered Bank and the International Agency for
Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to eliminate avoidable blindness through increased awareness and
medical intervention, helping to bring affordable eye-care to some of the poorest communities across the
On 23 September, Standard Chartered committed to raise USD 100 million by 2020 to build sustainable
eye-care services across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, almost trebling its fundraising for the prevention
of blindness from 2003 to date. The Bank not only promotes and coordinates fundraising for the
programme, but also matches every dollar raised. Since 2003, the Bank has raised USD 37 million
globally, leaving a further USD 63 million needed by 2020.
Denis McGowan, Group Head CRES Business Alignment and Asset Management, Standard Chartered
Bank said, “Someone in the world goes blind every five seconds and every minute, a child goes blind. But
80% of blindness can be prevented or treated. At Standard Chartered, we believe we have a role as an
international bank, to use our skills and experience to help address some of the issues which adversely
impact social development – helping to tackle avoidable blindness is one of them. We are delighted to
have the opportunity to collaborate with Jones Lang LaSalle to Create the Right Environment for Success.
This is part of our commitment to be Here for good and truly make a difference to individuals and
John Forrest, CEO Corporate Solutions for Jones Lang LaSalle in Asia Pacific said, “It is fantastic to see
people coming together to raise money for such a worthy cause. With a simple eye operation that can cure
blindness costing around USD 30, we have raised enough money to help restore sight to some 5,400
people in one night.”
The event was generously supported through sponsorship and a lively auction. Attendees vied to secure
time at private holiday homes in idyllic and diverse destinations such as the south of France, Scotland,
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Thailand, Australia and the United States. Other auction items included two world-class golfing
experiences, a photography shoot, a driving day at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit and an indulgent, three-night
escape to a Maldives retreat.
Miss Singapore Universe 2010, Tania Lim, donated her time for the cause, attending the event as a
Jones Lang LaSalle understands the importance of establishing long-term, solid relationships with our
clients, the industry and our people. Click here to view our 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility report,
‘Building Beyond Tomorrow,’ and learn more about our sustainable initiatives that give back to the
community, the environment and our industry.
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About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated
services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate.
With 2009 global revenue USD2.5 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from 750 locations worldwide,
including 180 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a
portfolio of approximately 1.6 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment
management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with approximately USD40 billion of assets
under management. For further information, please visit our website, www.joneslanglasalle.com.
Jones Lang LaSalle has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with over 19,000 employees operating in 77 offices in 13
countries across the region.
Seeing is Believing
Seeing is Believing is a global initiative to help tackle avoidable blindness, and is a collaboration between Standard Chartered and
the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). IAPB is the leading umbrella organisation for non-governmental
organisations working in the field of eye care. Together with the World Health Organisation, it launched the ‘Vision 2020 – The
Right to Sight’, a global campaign to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. Seeing is Believing is the single largest contributor to
the development of Vision 2020 programmes through IAPB.
For more information, please visit: www.seeingisbelieving.org
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Standard Chartered – leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Standard Chartered is a leading international banking group. It has operated for over
150 years in some of the world's most dynamic markets and earns more than 90 per
cent of its income and profits in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This geographic focus
and commitment to developing deep relationships with clients and customers has
driven the Bank’s growth in recent years. Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the
London and Hong Kong stock exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock
Exchanges in India.
With 1,700 offices in 70 markets, the Group offers exciting and challenging
international career opportunities for around 85,000 staff. It is committed to building a
sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high
standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and
employee diversity. Standard Chartered’s heritage and values are expressed in its
brand promise, ‘Here for good’. For more information please visit
Standard Chartered has a history of more than 150 years in Singapore, opening its first
branch here in 1859 and in October 1999 was among the first international banks to
receive a Qualifying Full Bank (QFB) licence, an endorsement of the Group’s longstanding
commitment to its businesses in the country.
It serves both Consumer and Wholesale Banking customers. Consumer Banking
provides credit cards, personal loans, mortgages, deposit taking and wealth
management services to individuals and small to medium sized enterprises.
Wholesale Banking provides corporate and institutional clients with services in trade
finance, cash management, lending, securities services, foreign exchange, debt capital
markets and corporate finance.
The Bank employs over 7,000 people in Singapore and has a network of 18 branches,
30 ATMs and 7 Priority Banking centres. Standard Chartered is the only international
bank to offer NETS service, giving its customers access to EFTPOS at over 17,000
outlets island wide. The Bank’s global businesses - Consumer and Wholesale Banking
- are managed out of Singapore, as is its global Technology & Operations function.