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SPH and SPH Foundation donate $400,000 at annual charity event

Singapore, 04 August 2010 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Singapore Press Holdings Foundation today donated a total of $400,000 to 20 charities at the annual charity giving event. SPH donated $200,000 to 10 charities serving the elderly, while SPH Foundation donated the same sum of money to 10 children and youth charities.

Dr Tony Tan, Chairman of SPH and SPH Foundation, presented the cheque to RADM (RET) Kwek Siew Jin, President of National Council of Social Service (NCSS), who received the donation on behalf of the beneficiaries.

In his opening speech, Dr Tan said: "Charity giving is a major part of our corporate social responsibility at SPH and SPH Foundation. In our pursuit of corporate excellence, we have not forgotten the importance of being a good corporate citizen to help the less fortunate in our society."

RADM (RET) Kwek of NCSS said: “Once again, Singapore Press Holdings and Singapore Press Holdings Foundation have lent a helping hand in nurturing our children and youths with special needs and dignifying the lives of the elderly under the care of Community Chest. Your unwavering support of 20 critical social service programmes, including specialised education, therapy and home help services, has ensured that we can continue to serve the needs of about 15,000 beneficiaries through these programmes."

Last year, SPH as a group contributed more than $6 million to different charities. The leading media company will continue to give to different causes through its many innovative set-ups and activities this year. The beneficiaries and caregivers who attended the annual charity event were treated to multicultural performances by SPH staff and representatives from the Millennia Institute, Hwa Chong Institution, Yaar Panj-aab Phangra Troupe, SPH Chinese Choir, Beatty Secondary School, and the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra. Snacks and food from yesteryear like Kacang Putih and Putu Mayam were also served at the 60s-themed event.

Chua Yi Yi, a performer from Hwa Chong Institution's Chinese Dance Society, said: “We recognise that we have received support from many people to reach where we are today, and would like to contribute to others in our limited capacity. As this SPH event supports a very worthy cause, it was a great honour for us to be part of this event.”

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Jointly issued by:
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd Co. Registration. No. 198402868E
Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Ltd
Co. Registration No. 200300910M

For more information, please contact:

Chin Soo Fang
Head
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1216
Email: soofang@sph.com.sg

Gary Yeo
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel : 6319 1225
Email : garyyeo@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009. It is Southeast Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 79 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 225 million pageviews with 14 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy.sg, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video-on-demand clips.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Mandarin and 91.3FM in English.

Events and Outdoor Advertising
SPH's events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore's largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company.

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.

About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. It was renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005.

For more information, please visit the Foundation's website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.

 

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