About 300 underprivileged children pursuing an arts education from the Little Arts Academy received a gift of nearly $680,000 from HSBC Singapore yesterday. Presenting the cheque to Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) chairman Alvin Tay is HSBC Singapore chief Alex Hungate. Looking on is guest of honour and Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Yeoh Chee Yan. The amount was donated to the academy through BT BAF and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. Celebrating its fourth anniversary this year, the academy staged an interactive theatre performance last weekend. It is also holding free trial arts classes and staging a production at The Arts House on Nov 23.