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SPH Chinese Media Group raises $188,000 for Covid-19 outbreak relief efforts

Singapore, 17 February 2020 --- Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese Media Group (CMG) raised $188,000 from online donations and cheques in the week after the telecast of a live show on 9 February to show appreciation to medical workers and others on the frontline of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

SPH, the parent company of CMG, donated $15,000. Other donors include art dealer Mr Chan Kok Hua, Singapore Buddhist Free Clinic, Singapore Chin Kang Huay Kuan, Mr Zhong Sheng Jian (Chairman of Yanlord Land Group), as well as other individuals and organisations.

All funds raised at the event will go to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Response by Singapore Red Cross to support relief efforts in China.  

Ms Lee Huay Leng, Head of CMG, said: "We are very grateful to those who have donated and supported our live show. Singaporeans have exuded kindness and generosity through their actions. I hope Red Cross Singapore will procure and deliver protective equipment expediently to the frontline medical workers in China.”

“We are also printing the artworks created by artists of CMG Visual teams and Ah-Guo, CMG’s artist-in-residence and will be sending them to hospitals and Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for distribution to the frontline staff of these organisations as a gesture of our appreciation for their sacrifice and dedication.”

The two-hour long live show produced by CMG was held at SPH News Centre lobby on Sunday, 9 February 2020. The show recorded a viewership of more than 212,000 on CMG’s digital and social media platforms, as well as 1 million viewership on China’s video portal Pomoho.

Local celebrities such as Joanna Dong, Jack Neo, Sharon Au, Liu Lingling, Su Xinquan, Hong Shaoxuan and NEKO Highway were featured on the show. Infectious disease specialist Dr Leong Hoe Nam from Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital also appeared on the show to answer frequently asked questions on Covid-19. 
 
Members of the public caught the live telecast of the event on zaobao.sg and zaobao.com, as well as social media channels of various CMG platforms including zaobao.sgzaobao.com, Lianhe Wanbao, Shin Min Daily News, ThinkChina.sg, U-Weekly, UFM100.3, 96.3 Hao FM and ZBSchools.sg.

Other than the live show, CMG also recently produced a series of videos on the Covid-19 outbreak in five different Chinese dialects -- Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew, Hainanese and Hakka, to help the elderly in Singapore to better understand the situation. These videos are available on zaobao.sg.

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For media queries, please contact: 

Loh Woon Yen
Managing Editor, Chinese Media Group
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1469
Email: lohwy@sph.com.sg

Francis Mah
Asst Vice-President
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
DID : 6319 1028
Email : mahys@sph.com.sg 

Elaine Chrysta Tan
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1613
Email: elainect@sph.com.sg

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. In Australia, SPH REIT also holds an 85% equity stake in Figtree Grove Shopping Centre, a freehold sub-regional shopping centre in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, and a 50% stake in Westfield Marion Shopping Centre, the largest and only super regional shopping centre in Adelaide, South 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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