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SPH Donates $400,000 To 20 Charities (BT)

BackAug 05, 2011

WHEN 82-year-old Osman bin Ameng was admitted to the AWWA Community Home, all he had in savings was a balance of $902.07. Homeless and in poor health, the AWWA Community Home waived his programme fees and provided him with a monthly food allowance of $250.

To help people like Mr Osman, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and the SPH Foundation donated a total of $400,000 to 20 charities at an annual charity-giving event yesterday at the School of the Arts. SPH donated $200,000 to 10 elderly charities, including the AWWA Community Home for Senior Citizens, Bright Hill Evergreen Home and HCA Hospice Home Care.

'I am happy staying at the home as I have a lot of friends to talk to and activities to keep myself occupied. It was really an unpleasant experience having to stay in the hospital for such a long time without a place to be discharged to,' Mr Osman said.

The SPH Foundation donated another $200,000 to 10 children and youth charities. These included the Rainbow Centre, the Autism Association of Singapore as well as Grace Orchard School.

SPH acting chairman Cham Tao Soon and Alan Chan, SPH CEO and director of the SPH Foundation, were at the event to present the cheques to National Council of Social Service (NCSS) president Kwek Siew Jin as well as Community Chest chairwoman Jennie Chua, who received the donations on behalf of the beneficiaries. '(The donations) will go towards providing education and therapy for children with special needs, counselling services for at-risk youths and specialised care for frail and needy elderly,' said Ms Chua.

Both SPH and its Foundation have championed charitable causes over the years. 'As Southeast Asia's leading media organisation, it is important that we lead by example and give back to the community,' said Dr Cham. 'We hope our donations will help improve the lives of the needy around us, and inspire others to do the same.'

SPH was awarded the President's Social Service Award (Corporate Category) at the Istana on Tuesday.