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SPH brings festive cheer to elderly at Lions Befrienders (Ang Mo Kio)

Singapore, 2 February 2018 - 170 senior citizens from the Lions Befrienders (Ang Mo Kio) Senior Activity Centre (SAC) received festive bags (福袋) from over 20 Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) staff, as part of the SPH Staff Volunteers Club's annual "SPH Cares with Bags of Love" event. 

The festive bags contained a variety of basic necessities and festive items, which included rice, canned razor clams, biscuits, bottled drink, energy drink, 3-in-1 coffee, cream crackers, pain relief patches, shower foam, comb, clutch wallet, colouring book, towel, drawstring bag, Mandarin oranges and a copy of The New Paper. These were donated by sponsors Benelux Flowers and Food Pte Ltd, FairPrice Finest (The Seletar Mall), Paragon, Shape magazine, Unicurd Food Company (Pte) Ltd and Zincode Technologies Pte Ltd.

The seniors enjoyed some games with the volunteers, followed by Lo-Hei and a special CNY lunch. There was a wave of excitement when Mr Swee Kian Yang, Assistant Pre-Press Foreman of the Production Division dressed up as a God of Fortune and conducted another round of games with the seniors. 

Lions Befrienders (LB) has more than 20 years of history in working with the community to provide friendship and care for seniors to age in place with community participation, enabling them to enjoy meaningful and enriching lives. Since inception, LB has reached out to some 20,000 seniors under their Befriending and Community Outreach Services, with the help of more than 3,000 trained volunteers.

Ms Chin Soo Fang, Head of SPH's Corporate Communications & CSR Division, said: "This annual event not only brings festive cheer to the elderly, but also unites all the staff volunteers in a good and common cause.  Whether it was reaching out to friends and corporate sponsors for help, packing the bags during lunch time or planning the programme, everyone did so with great enthusiasm and heartfelt joy.  What a meaningful way to start and mark the new year!"

Managed by the Corporate Communications & CSR Division with the support of the Human Resources Division, the SPH Staff Volunteers Club was launched in 2010 to encourage active volunteerism among staff. 


Photo caption 
SPH staff volunteers (from left) Mr Swee Kian Yang, Assistant Pre-Press Foreman, Production Division, who was dressed up as God of Fortune; Ms Lin Kwan Kit, Assistant Manager, Finance and Ms Tan Bi Wen, Assistant Manager, Human Resources, giving out red packets to seniors from the Lions Befrienders (Ang Mo Kio) Senior Activity Centre (Photo credit - SPH) 

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For more information, please contact:


Vanni Cheong

Assistant Manager

Corporate Communications & CSR

Singapore Press Holdings Limited

DID: 6319 1553



Rebecca Chee


Corporate Communications & CSR

Singapore Press Holdings Limited

DID: 6319 1124



About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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. 

SPH's core business is publishing of newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions.  It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoor media. 

On the property front, SPH owns 70% in a real estate investment trust called SPH REIT which comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall. SPH also owns and operates The Seletar Mall.  It is developing a new commercial cum residential site at Woodleigh Road. It also has a stake in Chinatown Point.


It is in the aged care sector and owns Orange Valley, Singapore’s largest private nursing home operator. 


SPH runs a regional events arm and a chain of Buzz retail outlets.  It also invested in the education business.

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