SINGAPORE, 5 JANUARY 2004 - Ordinary Singaporeans and companies added $313,000 today to the tsunami relief fund at the Singapore Press Holdings donation centre, which is collecting aid for the countries devastated by the earthquake and killer tidal waves on Boxing Day.
Today’s donations bring the amount SPH has collected for the Singapore Red Cross Society to $5.3 million in one week.
SPH launched its public donation drive on 29 December 2004, sparking an enormous outpouring of aid from the Singapore community. Since then, thousands have been coming to News Centre, its headquarters in Toa Payoh North, to give money and donate relief supplies.
The major donors to the Tidal Waves Asia fund today are:
Lions Club of Singapore Royal ($25,200)
Credent Technology (Asia) Pte Ltd ($20,000)
Amway (Singapore) Pte Ltd ($20,000)
With support from soldiers from the SAF Army Logistics Unit and DHL Danzas Air & Ocean, a logistics and freight forwarding company, SPH has collected more than 40 containers of emergency supplies which are being sent to Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Maldives, the worst-hit countries by the tsunami calamity.
Most donors are giving bottled water and food items. Malaysia Diary Industries Pte Ltd donated seven pallets of milk and fruit juices today. Some Malaysians are also sending relief items to News Centre. Today, it received 1,000 cartons of noodles donated by two groups in Malacca.
SPH will stop its tsunami relief collection at 6 pm on Friday, 7 January.
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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,
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