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Changi Airport Group donates $360,000 to SPMF

Published on Dec 31, 2012 1:47 PM
Changi Airport donates $360,000 to the ST Pocket Money Fund, to be accepted by Editor Han Fook Kwang, and 20 children benefitting from the fund to participate in an adventure race to cap the event. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

They ran, jumped, drew and mimed their way across Changi's terminals, while airplanes took off on the tarmac outside.

On Monday morning, in groups of four, 20 beneficiaries of the Straits Times Pocket Money Fund (SPMF) participated in a race that saw them hit stations at iconic landmarks around the airport, including the Butterfly Garden at Terminal 3's transit lounge and the Kinetic Rain art display in Terminal 1's public area.

After the race ended, the children witnessed Changi Airport Group's (CAG) $360,000 donation to SPMF. The donation, to be disbursed over five years, will provide 50 post-secondary students with pocket money for as many years. The donation will be part of the fund's pilot extension in 2013 beyond primary and secondary school to beneficiaries studying in the Institute of Technical Education, junior colleges and polytechnics.

"2012 has been a very special year for Changi airport," said CAG chief executive officer Lee Seow Hiang. "We achieved a record of more than 50 million passenger movements in one year, and we wanted to mark the milestone by sharing our success with the community."

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