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SPH raises $213,888 for President’s Challenge 2017

Singapore, 31 July 2017 --- Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has raised $213,888 for President's Challenge 2017 (总统挑战2017) this year. 


The amount, raised through donations from public donors and SPH staff, will benefit the 52 appointed charity organisations under President's Challenge 2017.


SPH Chairman Dr Lee Boon Yang presented the cheque to Guest of Honour President Tony Tan Keng Yam at a charity event “Embrace Volunteerism, Serve With a Heart” (爱心付出,参与善举) organised by SPH’s Chinese Media Group (CMG) today.


The charity event, held at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre(SCCC - 新加坡华族文化中心), comprised a Volunteerism Showcase and a Lunch Time Concert.


The Volunteerism Showcase at the Concourse of SCCC was set up to promote greater awareness of volunteerism. A total of 19 partners and Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) supporting President's Challenge 2017 participated in the showcase, including SPH, which promoted its volunteerism and corporate social responsibility efforts.


This year's President's Challenge also highlighted the Silver Volunteer Fund, launched by President Tony Tan in 2015 to promote senior volunteerism. VWOs such as Council for Third Age (C3A), RSVP Singapore - The Organisation of Senior Volunteers, and National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) shared their initiatives to promote active aging at the Volunteerism Showcase.


Sponsors, donors, volunteers, beneficiaries and representatives from the VWOs who participated in the Volunteerism Showcase were invited to a Lunch-Time Concert performed by Ding Yi Music Company (鼎艺团). The Chinese orchestra performed a string of popular classics, Xinyao songs and ethnic folk songs for the audiences at the Auditorium.


Major donors and sponsors were invited on stage to receive tokens of appreciation from President Tony Tan after the concert. 


Launched in 2000, President's Challenge is a series of charity events to rally Singaporeans from all walks of life to help raise funds for the social service sector.


SPH has been a supporter of President’s Challenge through the years. Since 2002, SPH’s CMG has organised various community events to raise funds for the Challenge. Some of the past fund-raising events organised by CMG included charity auction, charity fun walk, Shin Min/ Wanbao Getai Awards and a colouring event at Gardens by the Bay.


SPH, as a Group, has also supported President's Challenge as a media sponsor through the years with sponsorship of advertisement space in major newspapers, including The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao.


The donors for President's Challenge 2017 "Embrace Volunteerism, Serve with a Heart" are Dato' Sri Prof Dr Tahir (拿督斯里 翁俊民 博士), Hi-P International Ltd (赫比国际有限公司), Mr Wu Hsioh Kwang (吴学光先生), Mr Zhong Sheng Jian (钟声坚先生), Mr Chan Kok Hua (曾国和先生), Ho Bee Foundation (和美基金), Mr Ng Cheow Chye (黄昭才先生) and Mr Patrick Lee Kwok Kie (李国基先生). 


“Embrace Volunteerism, Serve With a Heart” is sponsored by SPH ( 新加坡报业控股) and SPH Foundation (新加坡报业控股基金), PICO Art International (笔克国际), Neo Group Limited (梁苑集团) and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. 


Please see attached list of exhibitors for the Volunteerism Showcase.   



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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.
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 digital media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, and
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,, and 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.
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. 
SPH owns Orange Valley which operates nursing homes. 
SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.
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