SPH raised and donated $6m this year (ST)

BackDec 11, 2009


ABOUT $20,000 worth of gifts such as food, rice cookers, fans and other home appliances were handed over to the Boys' Brigade Sharity Gift Box yesterday as part of Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) community efforts, which raised and donated $6 million this year.

Some of the gifts were handed over to the beneficiaries at an SPH-organised year-end party for 100 needy elderly people and children from the Toa Payoh Care Corner. It was one of many charity events that SPH has participated in and donated to this year.

Some of the biggest amounts raised included more than $4 million collected for needy students under The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which helped a record number of students because of the recession this year.

For the President's Star Charity, The New Paper has raised $136,000 so far while the Chinese Newspapers Division has raised $116,800.

SPH also donated $500,000 to the Community Chest in October as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations.

Its Chinese Newspapers Division issued $30,000 worth of book vouchers to needy students at the Singapore Book Fair, and other subsidiaries such as SPH Magazines donated about $10,000 to the Children's Cancer Foundation.

The next charity event is the ChildAid concert from Dec 19 to Dec 21.

The concert, which is the first event to be held at Resorts World Sentosa, aims to raise $1 million for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.

Mr Alan Chan, SPH's chief executive officer, said: 'It is SPH's corporate philosophy to give back to the community and we have been doing so all these years.

'Many of our projects involve both our staff and fellow Singaporeans, so that we can assist and inspire everyone to help the needy...We hope to continue contributing to the many charitable causes around us.'