SPH Foundation Donates $200,000 and Treats 300 Children and Youths to JUMP

Singapore, 30 June 2007 300 children and youths from 20 charities were treated to a world-class performance and a chance to get up close with the cast of JUMP Korean Martial Arts Comedy at the Esplanade Theatre today.

This was made possible by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation, which is the presenting sponsor for JUMP.

After the performance, SPH Foundation Chairman Dr Tony Tan handed a $200,000 cheque to Ms Jennie Chua, Chairman of the Community Chest, who received it on behalf of the 20 charities at the Esplanade Theatre.

The 20 charities provide special education, early intervention, support and rehabilitative services to children with special needs, as well as care and protection to young children and adolescents who are at risk due to neglect or abuse and/or lack adequate family support for their well-being and development. The charities were chosen after close consultation with the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).

The donation will benefit children with special needs like 14-year-old Razali from Grace Orchard School, which is a special school catering to the needs of children with mild intellectual disability and autism. With the help of his teachers, Razali has improved tremendously in his reading ability within the last one year. Once a shy boy around strangers, Razali is now a more confident boy after he joined the school’s Reaching Excellence through Circus Arts (RECA) programme. The RECA taught Razali plate spinning, juggling and diabolo routines and gave him an opportunity to showcase his talents through numerous public performances, including one before President S R Nathan recently.

“The children and youth of today will be our leaders of tomorrow. While our contribution to the charity programmes may provide some financial relief, I would urge all of us to play a role in supporting the integration of the marginalised children and youth into the community. Our care and encouragement for them will help them see beyond the constraints of their intellectual and physical limitations, and family circumstances,” said Dr Tan.

“For the third year running, SPH Foundation has pledged its unwavering support to developing disadvantaged children and youth under the care of Community Chest. With this contribution towards the 20 selected charity programmes, these children and youth will have a greater chance at succeeding in life. Community Chest is thankful for the partnership with the Foundation and hopes that more grant makers and corporations will come forward and give the less fortunate a helping hand,” said Ms Ang Bee Lian, Chief Executive Officer, NCSS.

The full text of Dr Tony Tan’s speech can be found in Annex A and the descriptions of the 20 benefiting charity programmes in Annex B below.

18KB Annex A - Dr Tony Tan Speech
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46KB Annex B - Prog Descriptions
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Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Co. Registration No. 200300910M

For more information, please contact:

Selina Esther Lim
DID: 6319 1872
Fax: 6319 8150
Hp: 9435 2856
Email: limyl@sph.com.sg

About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was set up 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. For more information, please visit the Foundation's website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.

About JUMP
JUMP is a high-octane, non-verbal performance that blends comedy with the Korean martial art of taekwondo. It was a box office hit at the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was playing in the London's Sadler Wells for three months. It has also toured and performed to full houses in Israel, Spain, Germany, Hong Kong and Macau and will soon tour Russia, Japan and the US. It will put up two shows daily at the Esplanade Theatre on 30 June and 1 July.


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