Singapore, 14 December 2007 – Leading media company Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) today gave away more than 150 gifts to the needy from the Care Corner Family Service Centre (Toa Payoh) as part of the Boys’ Brigade Sharity Gift Box (BBSGB) programme. The SPH staff also threw a Christmas party for these beneficiaries.
This is the second year that SPH is supporting the program. Altogether, SPH management and staff helped to fulfil about 350 wishes for needy children, the elderly and families, almost double the number of wishes compared to the previous year. The value of the children and elderly wishes were capped at $60, and the family wishes were capped at a value of $300. The rest of the presents would be despatched to the other homes in the next few days.
The program is a major annual charity project organised by the Boys´ Brigade to help fulfil Christmas wishes for the less fortunate in Singapore through collection and distribution of gifts. Besides the Care Corner Family Service Centre (Toa Payoh), the other voluntary welfare homes supported by SPH include TOUCH Home Care (Toa Payoh), Pertapis Children´s Home, Serangoon Moral Family Service Centre and Ramakrishna Mission Boys’ Home.
SPH staff from various divisions gave generously to show the spirit of giving and caring during the festive season. While most staff donated as individuals, there were many who came together and contributed as a division in order to fulfil a higher number of wishes.
Some of them also bought and donated non-perishable food items on top of the wishes.
Mr Peter Ho, an Assistant Manager of SPH’s Newspaper Services Division who donated the most gifts as an individual, said: “Although I grew up in a one-room flat which housed nine of us in the family, I was pampered as I was the youngest. I feel that as our own quality of life improves, we should also give back to society.”
Ms Chin Soo Fang, Head of SPH´s Corporate Communications Division, said: “It´s heart-warming to see our SPH colleagues giving generously in order to fulfil the wishes of the less fortunate. Seeing the smiles on the beneficiaries´ faces when they received what they wished for must be the best gift for ourselves."
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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 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 110 million pageviews with 7 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; 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 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.
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.