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Update On SPH’s Tsunami Relief Effort Its Collection Of Donations For Red Cross Hits Nearly $2 Million

SINGAPORE, 2 JANUARY 2005 - Despite the non-stop rain throughout today, some 500 Singaporeans turned up at SPH News Centre today to contribute to relief efforts initiated by the media company to help the southern Asian countries ravaged by the killer tidal waves exactly a week ago.

In pouring rain, ordinary people came forward to do their bit. Most gave cash and cheque donations, while others donated mostly food, water and medical supplies.

SPH collected nearly $132,000 today, bringing the total donation it has received for the Singapore Red Cross Society’s Tidal Waves Asia fund to $1.934 million, since it mounted a public drive on 29 December 2004 to collect aid to deal with the aftermath of the tsunamic catastrophe, which has claimed more than 120,000 lives and left millions homeless.

The highest amount was a $15,000 cheque donation from Meng Ik Tow Teck Tng, a Taoist organisation, followed by $10,000 from Mr Kwek Keng Seng. The donations were mainly from individuals.

On its own, SPH has donated $200,000 to the Singapore Red Cross while its staff have also contributed over $25,000 to the society.

SPH is working closely with DHL and the Singapore Armed Forces, the two key support groups in its relief operations. DHL Danzas Air & Ocean is providing the logistics support, sending the donated supplies directly to the tsunami-hit countries. Over the last four days, the freight forwarder has picked up 30 container loads from News Centre, 13 of them in 40-footer containers today.

Besides 50 soldiers from the SAF Army Logistics helping out at the News Centre, more than 50 volunteers from the public gave up their Sunday to sort, pack and load the relief items donated by the public. Some of them have been pitching in since the first day of the SPH’s relief effort.

News Centre will continue to receive donations until Friday, 7 January, from 9 am to 6 pm daily.

It again urges the public to give cash contribution, canned and packaged food, water and medical supplies and will not collect any more clothing because the relief agencies are not accepting them anymore.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No: 198402868E

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.