$400,000 to help 20 charities

It was a treat for Mr Osman Bin Ameng, 82, who visited the newly opened School of The Arts (SOTA) for the first time on August 4.

The occasion was the SPH and SPH Foundation Charity Giving and Mr Osman was one of the 181 beneficiaries invited to attend this signature charity event by the media group.

Mr Osman was homeless and sick before he was referred to AWWA Community Home, one of the 20 charity organisations receiving a $20,000 contribution as part of this year's charity giving.

Following his admission to AWWA, Mr Osman's health has improved significantly. His programme fees have been waived and the Home also provides him with a monthly food allowance of $250.

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This year, SPH Foundation donated $200,000 to 10 children and youth charities, while SPH donated another $200,000 to 10 charities serving the elderly.

Dr Cham Tao Soon, Acting Chairman of SPH, and Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of SPH and Director of SPH Foundation, presented the cheque to RADM (RET) Kwek Siew Jin, President of National Council of Social Service (NCSS), and Ms Jennie Chua, Chairman of Community Chest, who received the donation on behalf of the beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries were treated to a tea reception at SOTA before they were ushered into the concert hall for a special performance by the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir. The choir performed renditions of Asian folk songs, broadway musical numbers and local compositions.

The beautiful concert ended with each beneficiary bringing home a little goodie bag prepared for them by the colleagues from the organisers.



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