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SPH partners Waterways Watch Society to promote living classroom learning trails at Kallang River

Singapore, 22 May 2017 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) will partner local non-profit, non-governmental organisation Waterways Watch Society (WWS) to jointly host a series of outdoor hands-on programmes for students on the conservation and protection of Singapore’s waterways starting this month. 

The ‘Kallang River is Living and Loved” (KRILL) programme is a year-long education outreach targeted at primary, secondary and tertiary schools. as well as tertiary institutions such as junior colleges, polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education (ITEs). SPH is the first corporate sponsor to support this programme under its SPH Green Fund. It is expected to benefit at least eight schools and 8,000 students.

There are two modules to the programme - a 30-minute assembly talk conducted in the school which covers global water issues and how these issues impact Singapore’s waterways; and a two-hour hands-on learning trail session where students take part in outdoor activities at the Kallang Riverside Park to learn about climate change, water pollution and water conservation. The schools can choose to take the modules separately or together. 

WWS was established in 1998 by Mr Eugene Heng who is its Founder and Chairman. It aims to promote individual responsibility and shared ownership of our water resources and environment through public outreach and education. It works closely with individuals, schools, community groups, corporates and government agencies such as the Public Utilities Board and the National Environment Agency. WWS was the recipient of the President's Award for the Environment in 2006 and Mr Heng himself won the President's Award for the Environment in 2014. 

Mr Eugene Heng, Founder and Chairman of WWS, said: “WWS is very pleased to welcome SPH as a sponsor of our KRILL programme. The Kallang Riverside is significant as a learning trail site as it is firstly located in the heart of our city, and is part of the catchment area where water flows and thrash from all over Singapore congregate. The programme is therefore a reminder that we are all stakeholders and have an important role to play to keep Singapore a livable, clean and green city. With SPH’s support, we will be able to engage and convert more students to be our ambassadors by nurturing their sense of activism and responsibility towards building a sustainable environment that we can all enjoy.” 

Ms Ginney Lim, General Counsel and Executive Vice-President, Corporate Communications & CSR, SPH  said: “Water conservation, as well as environmental protection, is key to our survival and well-being.  We look forward to working with WWS on this education outreach to share with our students the importance and urgency of preserving our natural water sources.  We also hope that the SPH Green Fund can continue to support worthy green causes to help protect Earth’s valuable resources.” 

This is the second project sponsored by the SPH Green Fund in aid of conservation and environmental projects.  In September 2016, it was the first corporate sponsor of the Garden City Fund’s Plant-A-Coral programme, a community outreach initiative of the National Parks Board (NParks). For more information on the SPH Green Fund, visit www.sph.com.sg/SPH-Green-Fund

Besides nature and conservation, SPH and SPH Foundation also support arts & culture, charity, community, education and sports.


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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Media 

The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and their respective student publications. It also includes subsidiaries Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE-Russell Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3 and SPH Golf (including SPH Pacom Ltd). 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers in print and digital format - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, and ZBBZ Newsgazine. It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly.

SPH's other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, 
zaobao.sgzaobao.com and SPH Razor. 

On an average day, 2.5 million* individuals or 59 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications in print copies or one of our digital platforms. 
(
* Nielsen Media Index 2016, Monday-Sunday, read any SPH newspapers in print or digital format)

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like 
hardwarezone.comherworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.

SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising options where it manages large format digital screens and static billboards at key locations in the Central Business District, Orchard Road, City Fringe as well as major heartland hubs.

SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

Properties

SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

Other Businesses

Online Classifieds

SPH’s online classifieds include the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs, FastJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds,Trezo), sgCarMart and StreetSine.

SPH's regional joint venture online classifieds business has a number of leading online classifieds sites in the region.

Events and Exhibitions

Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. 

Healthcare

SPH owns Orange Valley which operates nursing homes. 

Education

SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.

For more information, please visit 
www.sph.com.sg