Hex Trust’s Singapore Office CSR chess engagement with MDAS

Hex Trust’s Singapore Office CSR chess engagement with MDAS

August 16, 2023

In part 2 of this series, Hex Trust’s Singapore Office continues our partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore), MDAS, as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. *MDAS is a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of over 500 individuals impacted by muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions in Singapore.

Read about our previous session with MDAS here

What is muscular dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophy is a group of inherited genetic disorders that cause muscle weakness and degeneration. It can affect people of all ages, and can have a significant impact on a person's physical abilities as well as quality of life. There are several different types of muscular dystrophy, each of which is caused by a specific genetic mutation. Symptoms of muscular dystrophy can include muscle weakness, muscle wasting, and difficulty with movement and mobility. The severity of the symptoms can vary widely among individuals, ranging from mild to severe.

Treatment for muscular dystrophy typically involves a combination of therapies, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and medication. In some cases, surgery may also be necessary to help improve mobility and function. Muscular dystrophy is a progressive condition, meaning that it tends to get worse over time. However, with proper treatment and management, it is possible for individuals living with muscular dystrophy to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. 

Hex Trust’s CSR Initiative

Having had 3 sessions with MDAS and gotten to know them better, the team at Hex Trust Singapore Office decided that their fourth initiative of introducing chess to the members of MDAS was appropriate. Chess is a great brain sport and it can be played without moving the pieces. There is a special alphanumeric notation associated with each of the chess pieces' unique moves. Members can simply call out the notation to indicate the move.

Darren Kessler, Data Associate at Hex Trust, who helped coordinate the session, commented, “There is something about chess and cryptography that draws a similar person. Both have very logical and programmatic natures, requiring a deep sense of abstract and forward thinking.  Both are objects of perfect knowledge, there are no hidden chess moves just as there are no hidden transactions on the blockchain - all is recorded! And both transcend boundaries - they bring together people from all around the world, be it for a meeting of minds or a meeting of finance.” 

Darren continues, “A person who understands chess is more likely to understand and appreciate cryptography, and by extension, some of the latest technologies in the world compared to the average person. We thought it would be interesting to explore teaching chess to MDAS members,so that they can get more familiar with the abstract thinking required for cryptography, which many of them have asked to understand.”

“I am so happy to have shared my passion for chess to a crowd! I love playing chess and making new friends. All of them were very friendly and asked really good questions. I found out that one of them is actually a competitive chess player. I will play a game with him next time! Can’t wait.”

About MDAS

MDAS is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals living with muscular dystrophy in Singapore, and helping them lead fulfilling and meaningful lives through its various initiatives and programs. Support MDAS by purchasing the creative works of the members here. https://www.mdas.org.sg/ 

About Hex Trust

Hex Trust, a digital asset custodian with offices worldwide, is committed to making a positive impact in the communities in which it operates. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with MDAS and make a difference in the lives of those living with muscular dystrophy in Singapore.

If you or your organization is interested in partnering with us in exploring blockchain and chess related initiatives for charitable purposes, reach out to us at singapore_csr@hextrust.com. 

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