Half a million raised for Singapore Children's Society beneficiaries

The SCS 1000 Enterprises for Children-in-Need Charity Golf event began with guest-of-honour Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong teeing off at 1.15pm. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHILDREN'S SOCIETY
The SCS 1000 Enterprises for Children-in-Need Charity Golf event began with guest-of-honour Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong teeing off at 1.15pm. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHILDREN'S SOCIETY
The Singapore Children's Society raised nearly $515,000 for its programmes and services through a charity golf tournament and auction on Friday night.  -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHILDREN'S SOCIETY
The Singapore Children's Society raised nearly $515,000 for its programmes and services through a charity golf tournament and auction on Friday night.  -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHILDREN'S SOCIETY

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Children's Society (SCS) raised nearly $515,000 for its programmes and services through a charity golf tournament and auction on Friday night.

The SCS 1000 Enterprises for Children-in-Need Charity Golf event began with guest-of-honour Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong teeing off at 1.15pm. It was held for the second time at the Singapore Island Country Club, and raised more than $490,600 through flight sales for 108 golfers as well as through donations and sponsorships.

A silent auction and live auction followed during dinner, raising more than $24,000. Some 140 guests attended, bidding for items such as Nike Golf paraphernalia autographed by American professional golfer Michelle Wie and artwork by SCS beneficiaries.

SCS executive director Alfred Tan said in a statement that the organisation needs around $15.7 million this year to support its services, up 20 per cent from the total expenditure of $13.1 million last year. "We will need the much needed funds to go upstream and reach out to more children," he said in a statement.

The organisation has over 68,000 beneficiaries comprising children, youth and their families.