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SPH donates $200,000 to 20 charity programmes for the disabled

Singapore, August 16, 2007 - Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) today donates $200,000 in the 4th SPH Annual Group Giving to 20 charity programmes that benefit the disabled.

The programmes enable people with different types of disability to pick up useful skills for daily living, and to increase their employment opportunities and confidence.

Dr Tony Tan, Chairman of SPH, presented the cheque to Rear Admiral (Retired) Kwek Siew Jin, President of National Council of Social Service, and Ms Jennie Chua, Chairman of the Community Chest, at SPH News Centre.

Since 2004, when the Group Giving started, SPH has given S$16 million in donations and sponsorships to the arts, conservation, education, community and sports. The annual Group Giving is part of SPH’s overall corporate social responsibility.

This is the second year that SPH is helping the disabled in the Group Giving. The contribution will help the disabled cultivate job skills and find employment apart from funding the running of day activity centres, hostels, counselling and therapy services.

SPH´s donation is in response to the Community Chest’s call to the nation to help meet its $52 million target this year to fund 147 charity programmes, most of which caters to the disabled. Although the disabled group accounts for 14 per cent of the total number of beneficiaries, the services for the disabled require bigger funding.

Dr Tony Tan, Chairman of SPH says: ”The annual group giving is not just a means for us to contribute to a good cause, but also to inspire our staff and nation to help the less fortunate.”

He also paid tribute to the staff and volunteers of the beneficiaries. “In addition, we must not forget the daily sacrifices of the staff and volunteers of the 20 charitable organisations and programmes. They have gone a long way in helping the disabled assimilate and integrate into mainstream society, and to give them opportunities to live, work and play like their fellow Singaporeans”.

One of the beneficiaries is Mr How Hon Fai, 30, who has mild intellectual disability and has benefited from various programmes at TOUCH Ubi Hostel since 2005. A cleaner today, Mr How says: “Thank you for believing in us and helping us live our dreams, just like everyone else.”

Having a job has made Mr How a more confident person. His parents are also proud that he was able to find employment despite his disability.

This year, SPH has invited employees from various divisions and newsrooms to perform a variety of songs to entertain the beneficiaries at the cheque presentation. Among the audience are about 130 beneficiaries of the 20 programmes for the disabled and representatives of the organisations running them.

Details of the concert programme and performers, speech of Dr Tony Tan and the list of beneficiaries are attached in this press kit.

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For more information, please contact:

Ms Chin Soo Fang
Head
Corporate Communications Division
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1216
Fax: 6319 8150
E-mail: soofang@sph.com.sg

Ms Selina Esther Lim
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1872
Mobile: 94352856
Email: limyl@sph.com.sg

Mr Yeo Siew Chi
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications Division
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319 1586
Mobile: 9749 5105
Email: yeosc@sph.com.sg

Ms Chen Jingwen
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319 1226
Mobile: 9743 5503
Email: chenj@sph.com.sg


About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (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 percent 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.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 100 million pageviews with 6 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s other online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; 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.

Broadcasting
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 Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, 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.

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.