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Singapore Press Holdings Donates $200,000 to 20 Charitable Organisations Serving the Elderly

Singapore, 5 August 2008 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) donated $200,000 to 20 charitable organisations serving the elderly in its 5th annual SPH Group Giving held at the News Centre auditorium today.

According to a report by the Ministerial Committee on Ageing last year, one in five Singaporeans will be 65 years old and above by the year 2030. And by 2050, Singapore is projected to be the fourth oldest country in the world.

In view of the challenges brought about by an ageing population, SPH´s donation to the 20 selected charitable organisations will fund programmes to provide nursing care for the needy elderly in their own homes, as well as eldercare services to support the social and psycho-emotional needs of the senior citizens.

Some of the programmes provide day care, home nursing and meals delivery services which enable the elderly to continue living in the comfort of their own homes as part of the family and the community. Others offer a homely environment for those who do not have alternative accommodation or caregivers.

In his address to the audience, SPH Chairman Dr Tony Tan paid tribute to the elderly beneficiaries, staff and volunteers from the 20 charitable organizations. “As we celebrate our 43rd National Day this week, let us not forget the sacrifices and hard work that our senior citizens have put in to make Singapore what it is today. Our appreciation also goes out to the staff and volunteers of these 20 charitable organisations who have helped care for them,” said Dr Tan.

Ms Jennie Chua, Chairman of Community Chest, expressed her appreciation to SPH, saying, “This marks Community Chest´s 5th year of partnership with SPH. We are grateful to SPH for helping us support critical social service programmes over the years, in particular, programmes which enable our seniors to live fulfilling lives.”

Mr T K Udairam, Chief Executive Officer of Changi General Hospital (CGH), said, “At CGH, we believe it is important to keep our patients well. That is why we have come up with programmes such as the HomeCare Assist programme to help the needy patients after discharge, and the Influenza & Pneumococcal Vaccination for Needy Elderly Patients scheme. Our programmes which come under the SingHealth Foundation will help them enjoy a better quality of life and reduce hospital re-admission. With SPH´s support, we will be able to extend a helping hand to more needy patients. Thank you!"

One of the beneficiaries is Madam Safiah Bte Ahmad, a paraplegic suffering from spinal problems and a deep wound. Since she came under the HomeCare Assist programme by the Changi General Hospital in 2006, Madam Safiah has been receiving full subsidy for her diapers and wound dressing which amount to $124 per month. While this amount may seem small, it is a financial burden on the elderly like Madam Safiah, who are financially strapped.

Apart from the monetary donation, SPH staff such as Jeremy Ratnam, a deejay from Radio 91.3FM, also entertained the crowd of over 300 elderly beneficiaries and guests with their songs during the ceremony.

The full text of Dr Tony Tan’s speech can be found in Appendix A and the list of 20 benefiting charitable organizations in Appendix B. The list of SPH staff performers can be found in Appendix C.




 


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For more information, please contact:

Ms Chin Soo Fang
Head
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1872
Hp: 96886209
Email: soofang@sph.com.sg
Ms Selina Esther Lim
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1872
Hp: 94352856
Email: limyl@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, 2.9 million individuals or 81 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 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 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine rednano.sg; 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 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM 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.

Visit www.sph.com.sg for more information.