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SPH’s collection for tsunami relief fund swells to $1.8 million on Day 3 of relief operations.

Donated emergency supplies take up 17 container loads

SINGAPORE, 1 January 2005 - Singapore Press Holdings collected another $354,000 on New Year’s day (Saturday), the third day of its public drive to raise funds and receive emergency supplies for countries hit by the tsunami calamity.

It received a total of 421 cheques amounting to $307,115, and cash donation of $46,910, bringing the total collection to $354,026 since it launched its public donation drive on 29 December 2004.

The biggest donation of $100,000 came from an elderly man who asked to remain anonymous, followed by $15,000 from the Newton Hawker Centre Stallholders Association. Three others, Mr Ang Soon Hong, the Society for Life and Daikin Servicing Pte Ltd, gave $10,000 each.

Ms Indranee Thurai Rajah, the MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, came to News Centre today with her grassroots leaders to present the cheque to the tsunami relief fund.

The funds collected will go to the Singapore Red Cross Society towards its humanitarian relief efforts in the countries devastated by the killer tidal waves on 26 December 2004.

Here’s the tally of the three-day collection, which has swelled to $1.8 million:

Thursday (30 Dec) - $594,387
Friday (31 Dec) - $853,961
Saturday (1 Jan 2005) - $354,026

Total so far: - $1.8 million

The figures do not include the money which went into the Singapore Red Cross Society cash tins.

Throughout the day, the public continued to bring relief items to the collection point at SPH News Centre, Toa Payoh North. Most of these were canned and packaged food such as biscuits, instant noodles, powdered milk, medical supplies and kits, bottled water and drinks. Kriston, a catering company also sent 10 crates of sandwiches and snacks for the volunteers helping in the sorting, packing and loading.

SPH also renewed its appeal to the public not to send any more clothings and urged them to contribute cash, packaged food, water and medical items. Despite the repeated appeals, some people still brought bags of old clothings and blankets.

Over the three days, the public has donated 17 container loads of emergency supplies which DHL is transporting by air and sea to the badly-hit countries, such as Indonesia, Maldives and Sri Lanka. On Thursday and Friday (Dec 30 and 31), volunteers, SPH staff helpers and soldiers from the SAF Army Logistics Unit packed and loaded 10 containers (20-foot and 40-foot) of the donated relief supplies. Today, another 10 containers were despatched.

DHL is playing a key role in the SPH relief efforts, providing free logistical support to deliver the emergency supplies to the affected areas. It will continue to do so until Friday, 7 January, when the SPH relief operations end.

The SPH donation and collection centre is open from 9 am to 6 pm.

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For more information, please contact:

Irene Ngoo
Assistant Vice President
Corporate Relations
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 63191216
Fax: 6319 8150

About Singapore Press Holdings
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading news and information provider, offering quality content for print, Internet and radio. It publishes 13 newspapers in the four official languages and 63 magazine titles. Everyday, 2.78 million individuals, or 90 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions of SPH’s major newspapers and magazines, which together enjoy some 300 million pageviews a month. SPH also operates two UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English,
under a joint venture company UnionWorks with NTUC Media.