Helping Hand Group (HHG) has won the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award 2016 (Small Medium Enterprise Corporate Social Responsibility category) with its program – Last Donors Standing. Company founder, Richard Ernster, accepted the award (24 June) at a ceremony held at the famous Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore.  This is the first time HHG has been nominated and won this prestigious award.

Last Donors Standing (LDS) was developed by Helping Hand Group to create a new and fresh approach in the charity auction sector. It gets the whole room involved by having the auctioneer ask all guests to stay standing through rounds of bidding for an item and continually increasing the asking price until it sells.  It also allows for more than one successful bidder which in turn means the charity receives multiple donations.

Speaking on behalf of the group, CEO Adam Herodotus said he was delighted that HHG had been recognised for this prestigious award and hoped it would encourage other organisations to think outside the box when it comes to corporate social responsibility.

“All of our auctions aim to raise as much money for charity as possible,” he said.  “Our clients have really embraced the concept of LDS and have added it to their events in addition to other fundraising activities – whether it be Ballot Bidding® or Live Auctions.”

Helping Hand Group is in the process of developing other unique auction ideas all geared towards the same objective – to maximise funds raised.

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“ … Last Donors Standing took the sector by storm, easily surpassing previous outcomes (from other fund raising methods) of one or two sales of a specific auction item. Six, eight, or even ten items were sold with each sale generating a donation for a charity or CSR project … “

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Enterprise Asia’s Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards program (AREA) recognises and honours Asian business for championing sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship in the Green Leadership, Investment in People, Health Promotion, Social Empowerment, SME CSR and Responsible Business Leadership.

AREA recognises organizational efforts in creating a culture of compassion, integrity and in being socially responsible corporate citizens.

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