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SPH spreads festive cheer to needy

Singapore, 8 December 2015 - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) today welcomed more than 200  beneficiaries from the Children-At-Risk-Empowerment Association (CARE Singapore) and their caregivers to its annual year end party at the News Centre Auditorium.  

SPH senior management members and staff helped to spread some festive cheer to the children and their caregivers with games, a magic show and a buffet lunch.  SPH also adopted more than 300 wishes worth about $20,000 from CARE Singapore and two other charities - Care Community Services Society and LCSS - Mighty Kids, Family and Community, as part of the Boys' Brigade Share-a-Gift Project.  This was the tenth consecutive time that SPH has supported the project.

Mr Alan Chan, CEO of SPH, said:"This event capped a busy year of active corporate citizenry for SPH.  Besides championing different causes at SPH and SPH Foundation, our various business units and Staff Volunteers Club also give back to the community in many ways each year.  We believe that corporate social responsibility has to be part of our DNA as we strive for business excellence.  It also unites staff through a common purpose and promotes loyalty and pride."

A total of 19 business units in SPH take part in the "Adopt a Charity" scheme initiated by the 5-year-old SPH Staff Volunteers Club, led by the Corporate Communications & CSR Division with support by the Human Resources Division.  This is in addition to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, and the Chinese Media Group's annual support of President's Challenge.  (See Appendix)

Each business unit is given an annual funding of $600 to offset its expenses when planning activities for its adopted charity.  SPH also gives staff involved two half days a year to be involved in the charitable activities.  

As part of the activities under this initiative, SPH Magazines' staff helped raise funds for Hope Centre's PACT! Bursary Award for students. It also raised $25,000 for the cause and brought the centre's students for an outing to The Seletar Mall in September this year.  Staff from the Human Resources Division treated the children from their adopted charity, Melrose Home, to a pizza making class.  Production staff visited Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital and engaged their patients for an afternoon of fun and games. They also helped raise $7,000 for the hospital.  

SPH Staff Volunteers Club plays an active role in promoting staff volunteerism throughout the year.  

The Club led a visit to Bright Vision Hospital in March this year.  In July, it brought 40 seniors from Toa Payoh Care Corner Seniors Activity Centre to lunch at Dignity Kitchen, a social enterprise in aid of disabled hawkers.  Last month, it organised its first Cat Therapy Session with Cats-Assisted Therapy Singapore for patients at Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital.  

It also organises several signature charity events annually, including the SPH Charity Carnival (a charity bazaar for business units and charities to raise funds for a good cause), Lunching in the Dark (where staff dine in total darkness in aid of the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped) and the SPH Food for Furry Friends (a pet food donation drive for the animals of Action for Singapore Dogs, Cat Welfare Society and The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).


Enc - Appendix: List of Adopted Charities by SPH Divisions in 2015

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For more information, please contact:

Chin Soo Fang 
Head 
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319 1216 
Email: 
soofang@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, My Paper (English section) and two student publications IN and Little Red Dot. 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, 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, 
omy.sg and SPH Razor. 

On an average day, 2.8 million* individuals or 68 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 2015,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 andluxuryinsider.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 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 classified business 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.



Appendix - List of Adopted Charities by SPH Divisions 


Administration Care Corner - Teck Ghee Youth Centre
AsiaOne Students Care Service
Berita Harian Club Heal
Chinese Media group (Lianhe Zaobao) National Kidney Foundation
Circulation Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home
Corporate Communications & CSR Child at Street 11
Corporate Development Club Rainbow
Digital Division Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home
Finance Compassion Fund Limited  
Human Resources Melrose Home
Information Technology Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)
Internal Audit Singapore Children's Society
Marketing   Lakeside Family Services
Media Strategy And Analytics Willing Hearts
Production Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital
Secretariat/ Legal / Risk Mgt Ahuva Good Shepherd
SPH Magazines Hope Centre (Singapore)
Tamil Murasu Ramakrishna Mission Boys' Home
Times Properties Xin Yuan Community Care