SPH and Foundation Give $400k to Charity (ST)

BackJun 02, 2012

SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) and its charity arm have donated $400,000 to help 20 good causes.

Top executives from The Straits Times' parent company and its philanthropic wing, the SPH Foundation, presented a cheque to the Community Chest at a ceremony last night.

Ten charities for the elderly received donations from SPH. They include Sunlove Dementia Day Care, Hospice Day Care Centre and Singapore Leprosy Relief Association Home.

The foundation gave money to 10 organisations serving needy children and young people, including AWWA Early Years Centre, Canossian School and Pathlight School.

Each of the 20 charities received $20,000 in cash.

Last night's ceremony was held at the Singapore Conference Hall.

Presenting the cheque were SPH chief executive Alan Chan and Dr Lee Boon Yang, who chairs both the media company and the foundation.

It was received by Community Chest chairman Jennie Chua and Rear-Admiral (Ret) Kwek Siew Jin, president of the National Council of Social Service.

Dr Lee, a former Cabinet minister, said: "As a media organisation, we owe our success to Singaporeans' support and confidence.

"Hence, we believe it is our responsibility to give back to the community.

"We hope that our donations will help improve the lives of the less fortunate around us and inspire others to do the same."

Around 180 beneficiaries and caregivers of the 20 charities attended the ceremony, which was followed by a concert featuring the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and internationally acclaimed percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. In the audience was former leprosy sufferer, Mr Lim Ah Hin. Since losing his wife and job in 2000, the 80-year-old has been living at a home run by the Singapore Leprosy Relief Association.

His only son is in a drug rehabilitation centre and he has no other family, but the organisation has provided Mr Lim with accommodation as well as food, health care and recreational activities.

Ms Ethel Joy Orpia, Mr Lim's caregiver at the home in Buangkok, told The Straits Times she has watched his confidence grow over the last five years.

Mr Lim said he has been very happy there. "I'm grateful they gave me a place to live."