Pizza Hut Santa Riders Spread Good Cheer in the Season of Giving

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Singapore, @mcgallen, #microwireinfo, November 29, 2018 – In the spirit of joyful giving and volunteerism, Pizza Hut is organising pizza lunch parties on 7 December 2018 for beneficiaries of the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) with a festive touch – Christmas pizzas delivered by Santa Claus on motorbikes.

Riders from Pizza Hut dressed as Santa Claus will be delivering Knotty Cheesy Santa Supreme and Knotty Cheesy Hawaiian, two special pizzas we are launching for a limited period this Christmas, to 170 beneficiaries and 33 staff at the APSN Centre for Adults at Kembangan-Chai Chee Community Hub.

At the same time, Pizza Hut will be hosting a Christmas luncheon to bring festive cheer to a party of 45 in Bedok Mall, including beneficiaries and their families, from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), as a finale to the MINDS’ tour in the mall. Amongst other activities, beneficiaries will be invited to build a Christmas tree made of pizza boxes, together with Santa Claus and staff from Pizza Hut. The tree will serve as store decoration for the holiday season.

Pizza Hut and APSN have a long standing partnership to promote an open workforce and inclusive community.

For more than a decade, Pizza Hut hires trainees from APSN at the restaurants and call centres. In 2011, Pizza Hut was appointed as the ambassador of APSN Delta Senior School (DSS) and committed to provide APSN DSS students with the opportunity to work independently and in a team to help them develop life and social skills.

Paddy Rangappa, GM, Pizza Hut Singapore
Paddy Rangappa, GM, Pizza Hut Singapore

“Today we have 79 staff with special needs working in Pizza Hut, some of whom are from APSN. We love having them in our team! They are sincere, diligent and reliable, and they help foster Pizza Hut’s strong family culture.” says Mr Padmanabhan (Paddy) Rangappa, General Manager, Pizza Hut Singapore. Paddy added “Just as everyone in a family goes out of the way to accommodate their children with special needs and give them a feeling of belonging, everyone in our restaurants makes it a point to make employees with special needs feel welcome and comfortable. Put simply, these special employees bring out the best in us. And today, as a token of our appreciation and in the spirit of Christmas, we want to bring a small gift of joy to APSN beneficiaries in the form of our new Knotty Cheesy Pizza delivered by Santa riders. The theme for Pizza Hut this festive season is ‘Gifting Made Simple’ and we hope this small gift from our own Santa will bring a smile to the faces of our ASPN friends.”

More than three per cent of the local resident population aged between 18 and 49, and 13 per cent of those aged 50 and above have disabilities, based on figures from the National Council of Social Service*. Yet, these individuals constitute only 0.55 per cent of the workforce.

“Collaborations with companies like Pizza Hut, empowers persons with special needs to be gainfully employed, self- sufficient and work towards a goal of achieving their full potential. Hand in hand, we can move towards building a more compassionate society,” says Dr Christopher Tay, Chief Executive Officer of APSN.

About Association of Persons with Special Needs (APSN)
Established in 1976, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a social service organisation providing special education for persons with mild intellectual disability (IQ 50 – 70). Today, APSN operates four Special Education (SPED) Schools (APSN Chaoyang School, APSN Katong School, APSN Tanglin School and APSN Delta Senior School) for students aged 7 to 21, an APSN Special Student Care Centre, for children aged 7 to 18 and an APSN Centre for Adults for persons aged 17 and older, benefiting over 1,200 beneficiaries each year. The APSN Schools and Centre adopt a holistic approach in its curriculum, comprising academic, vocational and social skills which are important for open employment and lifelong learning. APSN seeks to enable persons with special needs to be active contributors of the society and is committed to inspire and build capabilities of its partners and community to lead and advocate an inclusive society. To date, APSN’s growing database has more than 5,000 alumni members. The Association is constantly expanding its network to reach out to and understand the needs of its members to better support them. For more information on APSN, please visit www.apsn.org.sg

About MINDS
The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) was founded in May 1962 by a group of philanthropists who saw the need to provide equal opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities to receive education and later, to be integrated as contributing and responsible citizens in Singapore. MINDS is one of Singapore’s oldest and largest social service organisations, and has 17 facilities comprising 4 Special Education Schools, 3 Employment Development Centres, 8 Training and Development Centres, 1 Multi-purpose Residential Services catering to the needs of persons with moderate to severe intellectual disability in Singapore, and 1 Caregivers Support Services Centre. MINDS also delivers Home-Based Care Services, administers the Appropriate Adult scheme, and runs a befriender programme called Me Too! Club. Since then, MINDS serves some 2,400 students, clients and their families from the age of six to their ripe old age. To know more, visit http://www.minds.org.sg/

About Pizza Hut Singapore
Started in 1981 with our first outlet at Jalan Jelita, Pizza Hut Singapore is now the largest pizza chain restaurant in Singapore with 58 outlets. We have an unmatched passion for pizzas, and aims to deliver not just a wide array of pizzas, pastas and other quality foods that are always fresh, but also an affordable casual dining atmosphere that is fun and friendly. Pizza Hut is the favourite place to be at if you are looking to celebrate a special occasion, or simply a relaxing time with friends and loved ones. We aim to make every dining experience a truly memorable one for our customers. Pizza Hut pioneered pizza delivery service in Singapore, ever since then, we are constantly pushing the envelope for better delivery service and customer satisfaction. Today, we have 1,000 Pizza Hut riders, forming the largest fleet of pizza delivery staff under one restaurant brand in Singapore. In 2003, Pizza Hut was the first to introduce the hot pouch to keep pizzas hot until they reach the customers’ doorsteps. In 2009, the “Hot Dot” was introduced for the first time. In 2018, on top of reintroducing the “Hot Dot”, Pizza Hut Singapore launches the new mobile pizza tracking feature to further enhance the experience. Pizza Hut continues to stay a step ahead through technology utilization and delivery systems re-engineering to perfect the promise of delivering hot and delicious pizzas to every customer. One thing that you can be assured of through the times is that we, at Pizza Hut Singapore will always listen to you- our most valued customers.Visit https://www.pizzahut.com.sg. Globally, Pizza Hut spans more than 16,000 restaurants, 350,000 team members, in more than 100 countries.

*National Council of Social Service. Based on a random sampling of 2,000 Singapore residents and permanent residents aged 18 and above done by NCSS in 2015, the self-reported disability prevalence rate was 3.4% for those aged 18 – 49 years old. This includes those who acquired disabilities due to accidents and illness. Reference – https://www.ncss.gov.sg/NCSS/media/NCSS-Documents-and-Forms/EM3-Final_Report_20161219.pdf

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