Singapore, 7 May 2019 - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) today announces that it will kickstart its 35th anniversary celebrations with a fundraising campaign that will run from now till 31 July 2019, organised in partnership with, and in support of, Community Chest.
Titled “Double the Love”, public donations made to Community Chest under this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar by SPH and SPH Foundation (up to $350,000), benefitting children with special needs, vulnerable seniors and disadvantaged families. In addition, under the Bicentennial Community Fund this year, the Government will also provide dollar for dollar matching to Community Chest, capped at 20% of donations.
SPH was formed on 4 August 1984 through a merger of three organisations - the Straits Times Press group, the Singapore News and Publications Limited and Times Publishing Berhad which was later de-merged from SPH in 1988. The merger brought together the flagship newspapers in the different languages under one roof. Today, SPH has a rich heritage of more than 170 years for The Straits Times and 95 years for Lianhe Zaobao, in addition to over 60 years for Berita Harian and more than 80 years for Tamil Murasu.
Over the years, SPH has transformed itself into a leading media player with other businesses in property, digital and aged care. It holds 70 per cent of SPH REIT, which acquired Figtree Grove mall in Sydney, Australia, last year. It also owns Singapore's largest private nursing home operator Orange Valley, and is is one of the leading players of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation in the United Kingdom. Its other businesses include events and exhibitions, as well as investments in the education sector.
Mr Ng Yat Chung, CEO of SPH, said: “SPH has come a long way with its transformation into a media conglomerate with a strong and diversified portfolio of businesses. We are excited to be celebrating our 35 years of achievements made possible by the unwavering support of our staff, readers, advertisers and business partners. It is a great way to contribute back to the community which we operate in.”
Mr Phillip Tan, Chairman of Community Chest, said: “SPH has always been a strong advocate and active supporter of corporate social responsibility. We are heartened that SPH has decided to partner Community Chest in this meaningful cause to empower the lives of social service users on its 35th anniversary. We hope that members of the public will join us to build a caring and inclusive society.”
The fundraising campaign will culminate in the SPH 35th Anniversary Charity Concert at Capitol Theatre on 22 Aug from 12.30pm to 2.00pm, which is open to the members of the public on a first come first served basis as part of the SPH Gift of Music series. Homegrown acts Samba Masala, Ding Yi Music Company, MICappella and Académie of Stars will be performing in this specially curated entertainment showcase. There will be a cheque presentation ceremony from SPH to Community Chest, and more than 100 seats will be reserved for the social service users of various social service agencies benefitting from the donations.
Besides the public fundraising campaign, SPH will also be organising a series of activities and promotions, including subscription deals and a birthday concert at Paragon's atrium on 4 Aug. There will also be a new SPH35 - Panasonic Schools Challenge and a special 3.5km Fun Run at The Straits Times Run 2019 on 29 Sep.