CHINA, 27 JANUARY 2010 With the support and contribution from its business partners, employees and members of the public, Singapore telco SingTel has raised US$1.5 million for the SingTel Touching Lives Fund.
SingTel launched its philanthropy programme in 2002 and each year since it gives its corporate contribution to the SingTel Touching Lives Fund, and also completely underwrites the fund-raising costs for the programme.
The service provider ensures that the funds raised through the donations will go towards the work of the five charities supported by the SingTel Touching Lives Fund.
Children and young people
This year, the US$1.5 million charity money will be used for the five charities to implement specialised education and support programmes for children and young people. This charity will give hope to many underprivileged people who don't have the advantages enjoyed by others.
Jeann Low, chairman of the SingTel Touching Lives Fund and SingTel's group chief financial officer, noted SingTel Touching Lives Fund to be a cornerstone of the company's community outreach effort.
She said this fund has been successful because of the strong support and collective efforts of SingTel's business partners, staff and members of the public. Low added that the fund is grateful to them for supporting its programme and the beneficiary charities.
Consistent track record
To date, the fund has raised more than US$12 million for 22 charities under the auspices of the National Council of Social Service in Singapore. Last year, it organised a charity golf game that allowed SingTel's business partners to raise about US$470,318.
In 2009, it also organised a Fold-A-Heart' campaign for which SingTel donated 71 US cents for every folded heart sent in by the public.
This year the funds generated will go towards:
• Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Tanglin School
• Asian Women's Welfare Association (AWWA) Early Years Centre Early
Intervention Programme for Infants and Young Children
• Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) Lee Kong Chian Gardens School
• Singapore Cancer Society Help the Children and Youth Programme
• Students Care Service
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