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SPH employees donate gifts worth $19,080 to 166 needy children, elderly and families

Singapore, 11 December 2006 - It is the season of giving and staff of Singapore Press Holdings are indeed generous when it comes to charity. Through the Sharity Gift Box 2006, SPH has brought early Christmas cheer to 166 needy children, elderly and families this December.

Sharity Gift Box is an annual charity programme spearheaded by The Boys´ Brigade (BB) to encourage giving and caring for the less fortunate in Singapore. The programme helps to fulfill the Christmas wishes of more than 8000 needy families, children and elderly from various voluntary welfare organisations.

SPH staff fulfilled Christmas wishes worth $19,080 within a span of 3 weeks.

More than 50 beneficiaries and their family members attended the Christmas party organised by staff this afternoon. Held at the SPH News Centre, the beneficiaries had the opportunity to interact with their “Santa Clauses” and enjoyed carolling performances by singers from SPH Classified Department.

Salmah bte Othman of Care Corner Family Service Centre (Woodlands) was delighted that her Christmas wish for a 14-inch television set was fulfilled.

“I requested for a new TV set because the current one broke down,” she said. Salmah has 2 school-going children – one in Primary 5 and the other in Secondary 2 – and another son who is working part-time. The family relies on her husband´s salary as a security guard. Recently, their flat was re-possessed by the bank and they are currently staying with her sister.

“I am happy to receive this present. We can now watch our favourite TV programmes in the room without imposing on my sister´s family,” Salmah added.

Care Corner Family Service Centres provide services and programmes to promote the well-being of families and assist those like Salmah, who are experiencing financial or emotional crises.

Mdm Faridah Bte A Rahman, of Care Corner Family Service Centre (Toa Payoh), was thankful for the microwave oven from SPH. Her family of 4 stays in a rented 2-room HDB flat and survives on a meagre monthly income of $950.

“I want my 2 young children to be able to have warm meals when I am at work. Eating bread and biscuits for lunch is unhealthy but with a microwave oven, they can heat up the food by themselves at home,” she said.

“It is heartening to receive such enthusiastic response from our staff towards charitable causes. As a media company, we have helped to rally support and raise funds from the community through the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and during the tsunami aid drive in 2004.

“This Christmas, our staff have stepped forward to help and spread the festive cheer to fellow Singaporeans. The Sharity Gift Box provided an opportunity for all of us to embrace the spirit of giving and caring among our colleagues, friends and family members,” said SPH CEO Alan Chan.

Mr Chan also led the SPH Management Committee to donate a double-decker bed for a low-income family from Care Corner Family Service Centre (Toa Payoh).

Said Mr Choo Gim Kang, Brigade President of The Boys´ Brigade Singapore, “The BB Sharity Gift Box has always needed the strong support of the media to share with Singaporeans our efforts and to send out the message of caring and sharing. We are most grateful and delighted that this year, SPH continues to give strong support with the involvement of their staff in the project itself through the fulfillment of wishes and the hosting of this event. On behalf of all the project’s beneficiaries, we thank you.”

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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For more information, please contact:

Lye Peixian
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1225

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.7 million individuals or 83 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes over 90 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 100 million pageviews with 6 million unique visitors every month. SPH’s online and new media initiatives include its recruitment and job search service, ST701, and STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging.

SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 percent stake in SPH UnionWorks, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 in English. In addition, SPH holds an 80 percent stake in SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a 35 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH is also developing a 43-storey up-market residential condominium on its former Times Industrial Building site at Thomson Road, which will be launched in 2007.