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SPH donates food for strays and abandoned animals to animal welfare groups

Singapore, 4 June 2015 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has collected about 600 kg of food for Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD), Cat Welfare Society (CWS) and The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for its second edition of the pet food donation drive called “SPH Food For Furry Friends”.

Each year, pets get abandoned by irresponsible owners and contribute to the stray population.

While animal welfare groups like SPCA, CWS and ASD are trying to curb the population through sterilisation and adoption, the numbers continue to increase. 

Through a month-long drive from 4 May to 3 June 2015, SPH has appealed to its staff to donate both dry and canned food.  The donations came from individual staff as well as business units across SPH.  

Ms Corinne Fong, Executive Director, SPCA (Singapore), said: “We are all heartened by SPH’s very encouraging CSR programme that not only actively helps human-centred charities, but also recognises animal welfare causes. The SPCA hopes that SPH’s proactive and kind deeds will pave the way for many other home-grown organisations to do more for the animals in need. The food raised will certainly go a long way to help our shelter and community animals.”

Joining the collaboration for this first time are Action for Singapore Dogs and Cat Welfare Society.

Mr Ricky Yeo, President, Action for Singapore Dogs, said: “Food for the dogs under our care is always a critical aspect. We appreciate all the help we can get to support the 150 dogs under our care who consume 20kg of dog food a day!”

Ms Joanne Ng, CEO, Cat Welfare Society, said: “Through your kind donations, Cat Welfare Society will be able to help responsible caregivers islandwide defray some of the costs of feeding their community cats. Responsible caregivers are the backbone of our trap neuter return manage programme which saw 4,749 cats sterilised in 2014.”

This year, SPH also partners pet food distributor SG Pets Pte Ltd, which gave discounts to SPH staff who purchased the products for this cause, and provided free delivery to the animal welfare groups as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objective.

Ms Rani, Managing Director, SG Pets Pte Ltd (distributor for Solid Gold in Asia) said: "At Solid Gold, we believe that all pets including the strays deserve the best. Our animal companions have given us much joy. We have made it our mission to return the favour by giving them what they deserve – premium, holistic, natural products that allow these amazing animals to look and feel great while they live life to the fullest.”

Ms Chin Soo Fang, Head, Corporate Communications & CSR division, SPH, said: "We initiated the animal food donation drive for SPCA last year, and were heartened by our staff's support and generosity.  This year, we wanted to make it bigger and better, with more animal welfare groups involved.  While our diverse CSR efforts have benefitted many human causes, we also hope to enhance the lives of our four-legged friends who are deprived of something very basic - food for survival."

The SPH Food For Furry Friends campaign is one of SPH’s CSR programmes that aim to do its part in strengthening social bonding and giving back to the community. 

Image attached:
Some of the donations collected from SPH staff.
Photo credits: SPH

(See attached file: some of the donations collected.jpg)

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration. No. 198402868E
 

For more information, please contact:


Ms Vanni Cheong
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319 1553
HP: 9617 4713
Email: 
cvanni@sph.com.sg

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 My Paper (English section). It also consists of 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 Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3. 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; the digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM 100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH's other new media initiatives include Asiaone, Stomp, omy.com and SPH Razor. 

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 through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.

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 Classified 

SPH's online classified include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds), sgCarmart and Streetsine.
 

SPH's regional joint venture online classified business, 701Search, has a number of leading online classified 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. 
 
Education
SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.


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