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SPH donated more than $4 million and helped to raise over $6 million for the community in 2012

Singapore, 12 December 2012 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) donated more than $4 million towards various social and charitable causes this year. In addition, SPH Foundation gave more than $1 million to the community.

SPH's diverse and extensive corporate social responsibility programme includes giving to the charity, arts and culture, education, sports, nature and conservation.

Besides outright cash donations, SPH also gives back to the community in other ways. This includes the 
Boys’ Brigade Share-a-Gift programme. SPH management and staff adopted and fulfilled more than 300 wishes for the programme, and also donated non-perishable food items and cash to the Boys' Brigade. The total value of the contributions exceeded $20,000. A year end party for almost 100 beneficiaries, caregivers and volunteers from TRANS Family Service Centre (Bedok) was held at the SPH News Centre this morning.

Other SPH charitable events included the SPH Charity Carnival, SPH Flea Market in aid of The Salvation Army, and the SPH Red Apple Day, a biannual blood donation drive with the Singapore Red Cross. Various divisions of SPH also donated in cash and in-kind to numerous charitable organisations as part of their charity adoptions.


In addition, SPH's products and subsidiaries helped to raise over $6 million for different causes, including: 

  • SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Sphere Exhibits, partnered with Community Chest and the Les Amis Group and raised $280,000 for charity at the inaugural Asian Masters Charity Dinner as part of the month-long gourmet festival last month. 
  • The New Paper partnered the Lions Befrienders Service Association and Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Project Helping Hands to raise funds for 1,000 elderly who are living alone. The project involves installing wireless motion sensors in the apartments of these elderly citizens. They raised $138,000 in 2012. 
  • The Chinese Newspapers Division (CND) gave out $50,000 worth of book vouchers sponsored by Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple to needy students at the Singapore Book Fair 2012. It also raised more than $280,000 for the President's Challenge 2012 through the Tap & Donate Campaign from 19 July to 30 September.
  • Lianhe Zaobao (Zaobao) organised a charity event called Zaobao Charity Drive. On 8 January, journalists from Zaobao distributed gift hampers sponsored by NTUC FairPrice Foundation and $6,000 worth of ang pows donated by staff of the newspaper to 200 elderly beneficiaries from Lions Befrienders. On 23 December, journalists from Zaobao together with deejays from UFM 100.3 will bring 125 under-privileged children from Singapore Children’s Society and Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) to visit the giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia at the River Safari. 

  • Circulation Division supported a Charity Drive jointly organised by the Singapore News Vendors’ Association (SNDA) and Singapore Newspaper Distribution Association (SNA). The Charity Drive raised $16,000 for the Bo Tien Welfare Services Society and Child @ Street 11.

  • SPH Magazines raised more than $17,000 for the Children's Cancer Foundation

  • This year’s ChildAid concert organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times has raised more than $2 million for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. 
The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, a community project initiated by The Straits Times which has since been established as a charity trust in October 2011 and received its IPC status from January 2012, has disbursed $3.8 million to needy children and youth as at end September and is projected to disburse $5.2 million by end December. 

For its extensive corporate social responsibility efforts, SPH and SPH Foundation were honoured with the Corporate Platinum Award at the Community Chest Awards in October 2012.


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

Mr Adrian Cheong
Manager
Corporate Communications Division
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID : 6319 2261
HP : 9798 6097
Email : cheongcy@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

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


Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 2.92 million individuals or 74 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. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.


Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 330 million page views with 18 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; Stomp, 
omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times Weekend's iPad application. SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital platforms which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.

Broadcasting

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. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English.


Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.


Properties

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.