SPH Foundation Donates $200,000 and Treats 300 Children and Youths to B-Boyz & Ballerina

Singapore, 28 June 2008More than 300 children and youths were dazzled by the 19 dancers of B-Boyz & Ballerina as they executed their spectacular dance moves to the tune of infectious hip hop music at the Esplanade Theatre today.

This special treat for the beneficiaries from 20 charities was made possible by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation, which is also the presenting sponsor for B-Boyz & Ballerina.

After the performance, SPH Foundation Chairman Dr Tony Tan presented a $200,000 cheque to Mr Edmund Tie, Vice-Chairman of Community Chest, Dr Kwa Chong Teck, Director of SingHealth Foundation and Executive Director of National Dental Centre Singapore, and Associate Professor Denise Goh, Chairperson of NUH Children's Aid Programme.

Some of the 20 charities provide special education, early intervention and rehabilitative services to children with special needs. Others offer care and protection to young children and adolescents who are at risk due to neglect, abuse or poor family support. There are also charities which give financial aid for dental treatments and cochlear implants for needy children.

This is also the first time that the SPH Foundation is extending its reach to healthcare programmes, like the Children’s Aid Programme under the NUH PatientCare Charity Fund, Listen and Talk programme at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) Centre for Hearing and Ear Implants, and the Tooth Fairy Fund by National Dental Centre Singapore. Both the Listen & Talk programme and Tooth Fairy Fund are supported by the SingHealth Foundation.

The donation will help young beneficiaries like 7-year-old Cheong Huan Ting, who was one of the special guests invited to the show. Diagnosed with hearing loss at four months old, Huan Ting was then referred to the SGH Centre for Hearing and Ear Implants and fitted with a hearing aid.

When Huan Ting did not show much progress with her hearing aid despite attending weekly auditory-verbal therapy (AVT) sessions, the doctors eventually suggested a cochlear implant for Huan Ting, which would cost about S$42,000. While Huan Ting’s parents hoped to see their daughter lead a normal life like any other child, they simply could not afford the cochlear implant.

But with the financial assistance offered by the SGH Centre for Hearing and Ear Implants which covered up to 80 per cent of the cost of the implant, all Huan Ting’s parents needed to pay for was a small sum for the device and surgical fee.

With the cochlear implant, Huan Ting is now attending weekly therapy sessions to develop her listening and language skills.

Addressing the audience at the event, Dr Tan said, “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 will help them see beyond the constraints of their intellectual and physical limitations, and family circumstances.”

Mr Edmund Tie, Vice-Chairman of Community Chest said, “Community Chest is grateful for SPH Foundation’s commitment towards the disadvantaged children and youth under its care. Since 2004, the Foundation’s donations have enabled many children and youth to develop their potential and today’s contribution towards the selected programmes will continue to nurture their talents. Community Chest hopes that the Foundation’s giving will inspire other organizations to reach out and give the less fortunate a helping hand.”

On receiving the donation, Dr Kwa Chong Teck said, “At SingHealth Foundation, we recognise the need to nurture philanthropic giving towards medical research, education and healthcare programmes to improve the health and quality of life of Singaporeans and the community at large. We are grateful for the support and partnership of SPH Foundation in two meaningful programmes that will touch lives in very tangible ways. The Tooth Fairy Fund at National Dental Centre Singapore makes dental care accessible to those who otherwise cannot afford it while the Listen & Talk programme at Singapore General Hospital enhances the ability of hearing impaired children to communicate verbally. We look forward to more opportunities to collaborate in bringing quality healthcare solutions to our beneficiaries."

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

15KB Annex A - Speech by Dr. Tony Tan
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78KB Annex B - List of 20 Charity Programmes
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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 B-Boyz & Ballerina
Gorilla Crew, one of Korea's world renowned leading new wave hip-hop dance company debuts in Singapore on 27, 28 and 29 June 2008 at the Esplanade Theatre with B-Boyz & Ballerina. The performance is unique as it combines elements from both the arts and street culture. It has played to full houses in Korea and at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After Singapore, the show will tour America, Japan, China and Spain.


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