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SPH and SPH Foundation donate $400,000 to Community Chest at SPH Gift of Music 10th Anniversary Concert

Singapore, 30 July 2015 – SPH Gift of Music, the free community concert series sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special concert this afternoon at Esplanade Concert Hall.  

The lunchtime concert, which was open to the public, was also the platform for the annual SPH and SPH Foundation Charity Cheque Presentation. 

Guest of Honour Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of SPH and SPH Foundation, presented a cheque of $400,000 to Mr Eric Ang, Vice Chairman of Community Chest at the concert. 

Every year, SPH and SPH Foundation work with Community Chest to identify charities serving the needy elderly and families, the disabled, as well as disadvantaged children and youth for its annual charity cheque presentation. Out of the $400,000 donation, SPH donated $200,000 to 10 charities serving the elderly and the disabled while SPH Foundation gave $200,000 to 10 charities serving underprivileged children.

More than 100 past and present beneficiaries supported by the annual charity giving were invited to attend this special concert. They were from APSN Centre for Adults, APSN Katong School, Singapore Association of Mental Health, St Andrew's Autism School, Persatuan Persuratan Pemuda Pemudi Melayu and SPD (formerly known as Society for the Physically Disabled). 

After the concert, the beneficiaries were treated to a lunch reception and brought home an SPH Gift of Music water bottle as a souvenir. 

Apart from the beneficiaries, over 1,200 people also caught the performance by Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), which was conducted by Music Director Lan Shui. It was the first time the Cultural Medallion recipient conducted for SPH Gift of Music. 

The classical concert also featured acclaimed violinist Ning Feng, who won First Prize in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2005 and the International Paganini Competition in 2006, amongst other awards. 

Please see attached list of charity organisations which benefitted from this year's SPH and SPH Foundation Charity Cheque Presentation. 

Under SPH  
1. Hospice Day Hospice Centre 
2. HCA Specialised Caregiver Support Service (Palliative)
3. The Seniors Helpline 
4. SPD Employment Support Programme
5. SAMH Insight Centre
6. Care Corner Counselling Centre
7. SINDA Family Service Centre
8. As-Salaam PPIS Family Support Centre 
9. Counselling and Care Centre
10. HELP Family Service Centre 

Under SPH Foundation  
1. AWWA School 
2. APSN Katong School 
3. Metta School 
4. Rainbow Centre - Margaret Drive School 
5. Towner Gardens School
6. Experiential Learning and Mentoring Programme (Woodlands)
7. Lutheran Community Care Services - ESU (Service A)
8. Persatuan Persuratan Pemuda Pemudi Melayu - ESU (Service B)
9. St Andrew's Autism School 
10. Buddy'In

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For more information, please contact:

Ms Chin Soo Fang
Head
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1216
Mobile: 9688 6209
Email: soofang@sph.com.sg

Mr Francis Mah
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1028
Mobile: 9697 8208
Email: mahys@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms, ranging from print, digital, radio and out-of-home media. 

SPH owns award-winning newspapers, magazines and best-selling books in both print and digital editions, as well as online classified businesses in the region. In addition, SPH has two English radio stations and one Chinese radio station, an out-of-home digital advertising unit, a regional events and conferences arm, and runs a chain of modern retail convenience stores. SPH also 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.

SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall. SPH's latest retail development is The Seletar Mall located in Sengkang. 

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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