Singapore, 18 October 2013 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), SPH Foundation and Sphere Exhibits were honoured at the annual Community Chest Awards Presentation Ceremony 2013 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre this afternoon.
This is the fourth time that SPH and SPH Foundation have received the Corporate Platinum Award. It is the first award received by Sphere Exhibits, the events arm of SPH. The awards were presented by Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Social and Family Development, and Patron of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS). Community Chest is the fund-raising and engagement group of NCSS.
Every year, SPH and SPH Foundation work with Community Chest to identify 20 charities serving the needy elderly as well as disadvantaged children and youth for its annual charity cheque presentation. Based on Community Chest’s recommendations, SPH and SPH Foundation will make a combined donation of $400,000 to support the selected charities.
Besides the monetary donation, beneficiaries from the selected charities are also invited to the charity cheque presentation ceremony. Last year, about 180 beneficiaries and caregivers were treated to a concert called Drumming from East to West, at the Singapore Conference Hall. The concert featured the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and internationally acclaimed percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, who is hearing-impaired. Her acclaimed achievements and strong determination to succeed despite her disability is an inspiration to many.
SPH and SPH Foundation also contribute to other charities throughout the year.
Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of SPH and SPH Foundation said: “SPH has grown and prospered with the community. We believe it is our responsibility to contribute to our society which has supported us all these years. We will continue to do our part to help the less fortunate around us, and we hope that others will also be inspired to do the same.”
For the first time, SPH’s events arm, Sphere Exhibits, was honoured with the Special Events Gold Award. It helped to raise funds for Community Chest through the inaugural Asian Masters Charity Dinner held at the Conrad Centennial Singapore on 9 November 2012. The Asian Masters Charity Dinner was part of a gourmet festival organised by Sphere Exhibits, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SPH.
The donation was raised through table sales, outright donations, a live and a silent auction where diners could bid for, among other things, special edition of wines, an Annam Private Dining Experience and a weekend stay at the president Suite of the Conrad Centennial Singapore. The funds raised were channelled to three sheltered workshops under the auspices of Community Chest, namely MINDS IDEA Employment Development Centre, APSN Centre for Adults and SCAS GROW. The Charity Dinner was attended by more than 200 guests and graced by Mr S Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister’s office, and Second Minister for Home Affairs & Trade and Industry.
Mr Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits, said: "Sphere Exhibits is privileged to contribute to the community through the inaugural Asian Masters Charity Dinner. The highly successful event had guests savouring gastronomic delights while doing their part for charity. We hope that the $280,500 raised and donated to the Community Chest will help improve the lives of the beneficiaries and instill a sense of giving in the society."
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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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. It publishes 19 newspaper titles in four languages and over 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH’s internet editions of its major newspapers enjoy over 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors each month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, omy.sg, ST701, Stomp and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH has also ventured into book publishing, broadcasting, out-of-home advertising and properties. For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.
About Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. It was renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005.
For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.
About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd
A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele.
Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among the Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters, Gourmet Japan and Kidz Academy.
Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners.