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SPH gave more than $6 million to the needy in 2009

Singapore, 10 December 2009 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has given and raised more than $6 million to the needy in 2009.

This includes the SPH 25th anniversary charity giving of $500,000 to the Community Chest of Singapore in October and the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which has raised over $4 million for needy students.

SPH management and staff have also donated more than $20,000 worth of gifts and food items to the Boys' Brigade Sharity Box this year. Part of the gifts were given to the beneficiaries from Toa Payoh Care Corner at a year end party organised by SPH for 100 needy elderly folks and children this morning.

Other charity giving by SPH and its various subsidiaries include:

  • The New Paper "Be Yourself Day" and the Youth Talent Concert by the Chinese Newspapers Division, which raised $13,888 and $116,800 respectively for the President's Star Charity; 
  • The Chinese Newspapers Division gave out $30,000 worth of book vouchers to needy students at the Singapore Book Fair 2009;
  • Business Times' Children Helping Children project, which raised $235,000 for needy children;
  • SPH subsidiaries like SPH Magazines donated about $10,000 to the Children's Cancer Foundation, while SPH UnionWorks raised $50,000 for a young cancer victim, Charmaine Lim; 
  • SPH-owned Paragon raised close to $10,000 for the ST School Pocket Money Fund through its Paragon Style Auction.

The next charitable event would be the ChildAid concert by the Straits Times and the Business Times on 19, 20 and 21 December. It aims to raise $1 million for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, and will be the first event to be held at Resorts World Sentosa.

Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of SPH, said: “It is SPH's corporate philosophy to give back to the community and we have been doing so all these years. Many of our projects involve both our staff and fellow Singaporeans, so that we can assist and inspire everyone to help the needy. With your support, we hope to continue contributing to the many charitable causes around us.”

Besides giving to charity, SPH's diverse corporate social responsibility programme also involves supporting the arts, education, wildlife conservation, and sports, among others.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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For more information, please contact:

Chin Soo Fang
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1216

Sherlyn Yap
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Tel: 6319 1226

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 79 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine,; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video-on-demand clips.

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company.

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

Corporate citizenry
As an industry leader, SPH is an active corporate citizen and supports a wide range of community and charitable causes, ranging from education, arts and culture to conservation and sports. For its contributions to the community, SPH was named the Top Corporate Giver by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre in 2005 and has been bestowed the Distinguished Patron of the Arts award by the National Arts Council every year since 1993. It also received the Partner of Heritage award at the 2008 Patron of the Heritage Awards ceremony organised by the National Heritage Board.