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SPH celebrates 35th anniversary with donation to Community Chest

Singapore, 15 August 2019 - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) will be celebrating its 35th anniversary with a donation to Community Chest at a concert on 22 August 2019 at the Capitol Theatre. 

SPH and SPH Foundation will be presenting a cheque to the Community Chest to support selected charities serving disadvantaged families, senior citizens as well as special needs students at this event.

Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of SPH and SPH Foundation, will present a cheque of $426,000 to Mr Phillip Tan, Chairman of Community Chest.

Of this amount, $76,000 was the donation raised from SPH's "Double the Love" fundraising campaign that was conducted from 7 May to 31 July 2019, which will be matched dollar for dollar by SPH and SPH Foundation. In conjunction with SPH's 35th anniversary, SPH and SPH Foundation will increase its donation to a total of $350,000 to Community Chest. 

The total donation will go towards the Special Education Financial Assistance (SPED FAS) scheme as well as benefiting children with special needs, vulnerable seniors and disadvantaged families from 20 charitable programmes. Please see attached for more information on SPED and the list of supported charitable programmes. 

Dr Lee said: "As we celebrate Singapore's bicentennial year and reflect on our transformation from a small fishing village to a modern metropolis, we are gratified that SPH has been a part of this transformation and progress. We are also grateful for the support of many Singaporeans in the last 35 years. It is thus with heartfelt thanks that we are marking our 35th anniversary with a donation to charities to promote a caring and compassionate society."  

Mr Tan said: "We thank SPH for its steadfast support and partnership in supporting those who need our help. Through sustained giving from partners like SPH and its Foundation, we have enabled the social service agencies to continuously meet the needs of their service users." 

The specially curated concert, which is part of the SPH Gift of Music series, will showcase Singapore’s homegrown acts SMU Samba Masala, Ding Yi Music Company, MICappella and K-Aos from Académie of Stars.  

SMU Samba Masala, which is one of Singapore’s top percussion groups, has performed on both local and international stages. MICappella is a leading vocal band in Singapore, having clinched awards in China and United States. Sharing the stage with them are the talented kids from K-Aos from Académie of Stars, Singapore’s leading talent academy.  Rounding up the list of performers is Ding Yi Music Company, a Chinese chamber ensemble, which is best known for their contemporary interpretations of classics. Ding Yi is also a recipient of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award this year. Accompanying Ding Yi on stage is visually-impaired singer Wan Wai Yee, who is a beneficiary from The Purple Symphony: Training Award Programme.

A total of 159 beneficiaries and caregivers from 10 charity organisations under Community Chest will be invited to catch this concert, followed by a lunch reception.  The concert is also open to the public for free, on a first come first served basis.  

Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited is the venue sponsor for the charity concert.   



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For more information, please contact:

Ms Chin Soo Fang
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319 1216
Ms Debbie Tan
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd 
DID: 6319 1586
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 approximately 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, The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall and The Rail Mall, a stretch of shopping and dining outlets along Upper Bukit Timah Road. SPH REIT also holds 85% equity stake in Figtree Grove, a freehold sub-regional shopping centre in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. SPH owns and operates The Seletar Mall and is developing a new commercial cum residential site, The Woodleigh Residences and The Woodleigh Mall. It also owns a portfolio of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the United Kingdom.
It is in the aged care sector and owns Orange Valley, one of Singapore's largest nursing homes.
SPH runs a regional events arm and a chain of Buzz retail outlets. It also invested in the education business.
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