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335 people support blood drive at 8th SPH Red Apple Day

Singapore, May 22, 2007 - Three hundred and thirty-five people, both young and old, supported the 8th SPH Red Apple Day blood donation drive today (May 22) at Singapore Press Holdings´ News Centre in Toa Payoh North.

Joining them were 49 students and 15 teachers from Beatty Secondary School and 14 parents of the students. The rest - 257 - include staff from Singapore Press Holdings and its subsidiaries, people who live or work near News Centre and regular blood donors from other estates.

This year’s event was organised by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Beatty Secondary School, which is also located in the same neighbourhood. It was supported by the Singapore Red Cross Society, the national blood recruiter for the Bloodbank.

Leading the donors from SPH and Beatty Secondary School were SPH CEO Alan Chan and Mr Boo Hian Kok, Principal of Beatty Secondary School, both regular blood donors.

The veteran donors from SPH include Berita Harian´s Deputy Editor Mohd Zulkifli Rahmat, who gave blood for the 87th time today and Sub-Editor Ismail Bin Awang, also from Berita Harian, who made his 77th donation.

Many of the regular donors had been giving their blood since their army days, like Technician Somu Amurthalingam of Tampines whose latest donation hit the 103 mark on his donation card.

The young, whose participation in the national blood drive saw significant growth in recent years, also showed that they should be able to form the next generation of blood donors. This was shown in the turnout of more than 100 students from Beatty Secondary School who either donated their precious pint or helped to usher and register blood donors.

Three young radio deejays from SPH UnionWorks’ Radio 100.3 - Kenneth Kong, Ken Low and Li Mei - had not only promoted the blood drive on air - they also contributed their blood, even during a live on-site broadcast, with one of them interviewing another while blood was being drawn.

SPH and Beatty Secondary School would like to thank all blood donors, volunteers and supporters who have helped made the event a success.

SPH would like to thank our sponsors for the event - Nestle, Silver Bird Foods and Benelux Produce.

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For more information, please contact:

Chen Jingwen
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1226
Fax: 6319 8150

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. SPH’s 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.

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.

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.