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SPH annual blood donation drive attracts 300 blood donors

Singapore, 15 May 2008 – A total of about 300 blood donors showed up at the Singapore Press Holdings´ (SPH) News Centre auditorium to support SPH´s annual blood donation drive, or the SPH Red Apple Day. A total of 223 units of blood were collected over the six-hour donation exercise.

Currently in its 8th year, the event attracted SPH staff and members of the public. Other SPH Red Apple Day participants included the staff, students and parents of Beatty Secondary School and the staff of Montfort Secondary School.

Among the donors for SPH were CEO Mr Alan Chan and the staff featured in the SPH Red Apple Day 2008 publicity materials. They have all been regular blood donors, with some of them starting as far back as 1974.

Said Mr Alan Chan, CEO of SPH:”We are pleased with the support shown for our SPH Red Apple Day, from our staff, the neighbouring organisations and the public community. This is a worthy cause as blood is the lifeline for individuals who need to combat medical problems and are undergoing complicated medical procedures. As a staunch corporate citizen, we are thankful that through this event, we can come forward to share the gift of life with those in need.”

Another regular blood donor is Ms Nancy Pang, Executive in the Finance Division of SPH. She says:“My first experience with blood donation was at the SPH Red Apple Day in 2005. In spite of my fear of pain and needles, I still went through the process as I felt I was doing something significant and meaningful to help people in need of blood."

Other notable personalities who were on hand to lend support to the SPH Red Apple Day included radio DJs from 100.3FM such as Jian Wen and Ken Lo.

SPH would like to thank and acknowledge the support and sponsorship of the following partners:

1) Benelux Produce – Fresh red apples
2) Jia Jia Drinks Manufacturing Pte Ltd – Canned apple juice drinks
3) Nestle Singapore Pte Ltd – Milo packet drinks
4) Silver Bird Foods – Loaves of white bread
5) Wyeth Consumer Healthcare – Centrum health supplements
6) Beatty Secondary School – staff, students and parent-volunteers helping out as ushers and packers of goodie bags

Issued by:

Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

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Ms Selina Esther Lim
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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Fax – 6319 8150

Mr Yeo Siew Chi
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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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, 2.9 million individuals or 81 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 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.

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.