SPH Foundation gives $200,000 for needy kids - Jan 24, 2006 (ST)

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The Straits Times / The Business Times News On SPH

SPH Foundation gives $200,000 for needy kids

By Yap Su-Yin
Jan 24, 2006
The Straits Times

TWENTY programmes run by voluntary welfare groups received $200,000 from the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation yesterday. It was the first lump-sum donation by the charity foundation this year.

All the beneficiaries provide services to support needy, disabled or disadvantaged children and youth.

The foundation, which has received about $26 million in seed funding from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), was particularly keen to help those with special needs and disabilities, said foundation chairman Dr Tony Tan, who is also SPH's chairman.

ALL IN GOOD CAUSE: Singapore Press Holdings Foundation chairman Dr Tony Tan who is also SPH chairman, presented cheques of $10,000 cash to the 20 voluntary welfare groups. -- ALBERT SIM

The donation was part of its 'ongoing efforts towards helping the less fortunate children and youth in our society', said Dr Tan, who presented cheques of $10,000 each to the beneficiaries at SPH News Centre.

'We hope our contribution will help sustain the various programmes which provide the multi-faceted services that help put these needy children on a better footing.'

The $200,000 is the second largest group donation the charity foundation - known previously as the Press Foundation of Singapore - has made to voluntary welfare organisations since it was set up in January 2003.

It made a similar group contribution of $200,000 to various charities on Jan 11 last year. Earlier donations were made to community projects on an ad hoc basis.

As well as charity, it has supported organisations and projects that promote education and life-long learning, the arts and culture, sports, environmental and wildlife conservation, and community service.

The charities presented with cheques yesterday provide a range of services, including training for parents and caregivers who look after children with special needs, counselling for children from dysfunctional families, and services that help the intellectually disabled integrate into mainstream society.

The donation comes in particularly handy for Metta School, which will pump the funds into its music programme. 'We can use it to buy the children more musical instruments. Performing raises their self-esteem and helps them academically,' said vice-principal Anuwar Abdul Wahab.


20 that got help


THOSE that received $10,000 each

  • Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre (Seng Kang)
  • As-Salaam PPIS Family Support Centre
  • Autism Association (Singapore) School
  • Autism Children's Centre (Simei)
  • AWWA Early Years Centre - Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Young Children (Eipic)
  • AWWA Early Years Centre - First Challenge
  • Chao Yang School
  • Fei Yue Family Service Centre (Bukit Batok)
  • Jervois School
  • Metta School
  • Minds Jurong Gardens School
  • Minds Yio Chu Kang Gardens School
  • Minds Youth Group
  • Pathlight School
  • Rainbow Centre Balestier Special School Eipic
  • Rainbow Centre Margaret Drive Special School
  • Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) Community Integration Support for the Hearing Impaired
  • SADeaf Early Intervention Programme
  • Spastic Children's Association of Singapore Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children
  • Wings Counselling Centre