July 30, 2021

Celebrating CPR’s 9th Anniversary in a Fun-Filled Way Online

From an immersive perfume-making workshop to online games, CPR employees had an enjoyable time bonding over an entertaining evening as we commemorated our 9th Anniversary on 30 July 2021.

Just one year shy of a decade, the CPR family has been growing in numbers over the years and our annual anniversary party has always provided employees with the chance to connect and have some fun outside of office hours.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we marked this highlight of CPR’s social calendar with a virtual celebration. This was a new-found way for our employees to connect with each other while keeping safe.

After an introduction to the evening’s activities by the Rec Club, we kicked off the evening with an online Perfume Making Workshop. To create our own personalised bottle of perfume, we first had to take an online personality test to see whether we were more inclined towards citrus, fresh, floral, woody or oriental scents. Armed with our individual DIY perfume-making kits, we then enjoyed the creative process of experimenting with various combination of fragrances from the range of essential oils available to create our signature scent. This was certainly a highly-interactive and engaging activity that got our creative juices flowing!

Following this, CPR Chairman Sir David Lane and Head of Translational Research Division  Tomoyuki Igawa delivered warm welcome speeches before we broke into separate groups for our respective team dinners. While it was not possible to have a physical meal together due to dine-in group size limits, we still had a great time bonding over our virtual meals and made use of food delivery vouchers to order our favourite foods.

Another highlight of the night’s activities was an online Bingo game. Amping up the fun factor, we engaged in a little bit of friendly competition to see who would be fastest to cross off the numbers on our board. The night was not complete without a lucky draw where 25 attractive prizes were up for grabs including shopping vouchers, staycation vouchers, electrical appliances and trendy gadgets.

We also celebrated project successes with a special screening of congratulatory video messages and introduced the new Rec Club committee members who would be organising upcoming company-wide events. The night ended with heartfelt closing remarks by CPR CEO Hideaki Shimada.