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SPH donates $500,000 to charity (ST)

BackOct 31, 2009

SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) celebrated its 25th anniversary with a pledge to help the less fortunate and a gift of music.

Together with its charity arm, the SPH Foundation, the media group donated $500,000 to the Community Chest.

Twenty charities, including palliative care centre Metta Hospice Care, the Counselling and Care Centre, and various family service centres will benefit from the money.

The media conglomerate, which publishes The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao and 15 other newspapers, also marked its anniversary with a gala concert by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra led by music director Yeh Tsung at the Esplanade Concert Hall last night.

Dr Tony Tan, chairman of SPH and the SPH Foundation was the guest-of-honour.

In his speech, Dr Tan said: "This evening, SPH and the SPH Foundation are pleased to jointly make a combined donation of $500,000 to 20 charity programmes under the auspices of Community Chest. Just as we have received your support, we would like to support others, so that they too may one day give back to society.

"One good deed inspires another. As Singapore begins to see signs of recovery in the economy, I would like to urge everyone to remember that the less fortunate people in our midst still need our help."

At the concert, invited guests, who included prominent business people and members of the diplomatic corps, heard the world premiere of Time Changes Light. It was composed by Cultural Medallion recipient Iskandar Ismail for the event.

They also took in the photochoreography of American artist James Westwater.

As the orchestra played, the news and feature photographs that he picked from the work of SPH photojournalists were projected onto three large screens.