Electronics firm raises funds for needy students

Tanaka Electronics staff at the flea market, which raised more than $5,300 for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
Tanaka Electronics staff at the flea market, which raised more than $5,300 for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.PHOTO: TANAKA ELECTRONICS SINGAPORE

A flea market organised by Tanaka Electronics Singapore for its staff has raised more than $5,300 for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF).

The three-day event, which ended on Wednesday, offered more than 200 items contributed by nearly 100 employees from the production and administration departments. The items included T-shirts, soft toys and coffee-makers.

Said Tanaka production general manager Fong Poh Wah: "The STSPMF vision and mission tie in closely with our company's objectives."

Tanaka Electronics, which manufactures bonding wires for semiconductors for distribution throughout South-east Asia, is committed to helping underprivileged children and those with special needs.

The company has previously partnered with the Children's Cancer Foundation and the Rainbow Centre, a charity that helps individuals with special needs, to raise funds for their activities.

This year, the firm chose to work with the STSPMF as the fund aligns with the company's corporate social responsibility objectives.

Ms Tan Bee Heong, general manager of the STSPMF, said: "We are heartened that staff from all levels in Tanaka participated in the flea market in various ways to raise funds for our needy students."

The fund, launched in 2000, provides pocket money to students aged between seven and 21 from low-income families to help them with school-related expenses, such as buying a meal during recess or paying for transport. Since 2000, the STSPMF has helped nearly 130,000 students.

Ms Radin Herna, 31, a customer service officer whose 13-year-old son has benefited from the STSPMF in the past two years, said: "The money helped my son in his food expenses and I have also been able to purchase two sets of school uniforms for him."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2016, with the headline 'Electronics firm raises funds for needy students'. Print Edition | Subscribe