SINGAPORE, Dec. 9, 2013 (ANTARA/PRNewswire) -- "Stars of Christmas," an annual community project by OUE Limited (SGX-ST: "OUE") and Meritus Hotels & Resorts, in collaboration with children's aid societies, Club Rainbow, Children's Cancer Foundation, and the VIVA Foundation, has commenced with the ceremonial hanging of Christmas stars at Mandarin Orchard Singapore.

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"Stars of Christmas" is made possible with the generous support of partners including Harley-Davidson of Singapore, Harley Owners Group Singapore Chapter, and Chrysler Jeep Automotive of Singapore.

Leading the ceremony was OUE Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Mr Thio Gim Hock, and Mandarin Orchard Singapore Hotel Manager, Mr Danny Wong.

"Stars of Christmas" is aimed at soliciting Christmas presents for children who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Stars bearing the name, age, and gender of each beneficiary adorn the Christmas tree at the main lobby of Mandarin Orchard Singapore. Hotel guests, visitors, and employees can then take part by picking the stars and buying corresponding presents that are then placed under the tree.

On 17 December 2013, the beneficiaries along with their siblings, parents, and caregivers, are guests of honour at a Christmas luncheon hosted by OUE Executive Chairman, Dr Stephen Riady. The children will be treated to an afternoon of entertainment and a scrumptious feast prepared by Mandarin Orchard Singapore's award-winning chefs. The affair ends on a merry note with a visit from Santa and his helpers who will be giving out presents.

"Stars of Christmas" culminates in a "Toy Run" on 21 December 2013, during which Jeep® and a fleet of Santas and Santarinas on Harley-Davidson bikes will line the street frontage of Mandarin Gallery, flagging off at 9.30 in the morning to help deliver hundreds of donated Christmas presents to the various aid societies.

This year, "Stars of Christmas" extends the spirit of the season to children in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Additional stars will be hung onto the Christmas tree, giving the public a chance to buy presents and spread some Christmas cheer to hundreds of children in devastated communities.

For further press information, please contact:

Janice Azupardo
Regional Vice President, Branding & Communications
Meritus Hotels & Resorts
T +65-6831-6385

SOURCE Meritus Hotels & Resorts

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