$200,000 gift for needy elderly from SPH - Aug 06, 2008 (ST)

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$200,000 gift for needy elderly from SPH

The money will fund programmes providing nursing care for the elderly in their homes.

By Yeo Ghim Lay
Aug 06, 2008
The Straits Times


SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) donated $200,000 to 20 charities helping the needy elderly yesterday.

The money will go to organisations providing, among other services, day care, home nursing and befriending services.

About 35,000 senior citizens will benefit from the gift.

In a ceremony at the SPH News Centre, SPH chairman Tony Tan presented the $200,000 cheque to Community Chest chairman Jennie Chua, who accepted it on behalf of the charities.

Dr Tan told an audience of more than 300 guests and elderly folk: 'As we celebrate our 43rd National Day this week, let us not forget the sacrifices and hard work that our senior citizens have put in to make Singapore what it is today.'

The donation is SPH's latest in its annual giving drive, which is in its fifth year. About $1 million has been given away so far.

Among the 20 beneficiaries of yesterday's donation are two programmes by Changi General Hospital (CGH).

The first provides short-term funding for chronically ill or disabled patients living at home; the other pays for pneumonia vaccinations for needy senior citizens.

CGH chief executive officer T.K. Udairam said that, with each pneumonia jab costing about $60, the $10,000 the second programme received would benefit more than 160 elderly patients.

'With SPH's help, we will be able to extend a helping hand to more needy patients,' he said.