Manulife donates $50,000 to ST School Pocket Money Fund

SINGAPORE - A sum of $50,000 raised in a charity walk by Manulife Singapore was donated to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) on Wednesday (Dec 20).

An estimated 330 employees and clients of the insurance company - from children to elderly retirees - turned up for the 5km walk held at Gardens by the Bay's Silver Leaf Garden on Nov 4.

Participants donated varying sums of money to the ST fund through the walk, which was dubbed Walk For Life and organised by JS Jireh & Associates, a Manulife Singapore General Agency.

Mr Gerard Ee, chairman of the Charity Council and a member of the STSPMF's board of trustees, received the cheque together with Ms Tan Bee Heong, the fund's general manager, at Manulife's Appreciation Luncheon at Pan Pacific Singapore.

He said: "The donations at this time remind us to celebrate Christmas in the right spirit, remembering the under-privileged even as we enjoy ourselves during the festive season."

Mr James Sim, event organiser and branch director of JS Jireh & Associates, said: "Through the funds, the children will receive more than just financial support, but emotional and psychological support too as they know that there are people in the community who do care and love them. We are thankful to STSPMF for tirelessly managing this job, that goes towards raising future generations."

Mr Naveed Irshad, president and chief executive officer of Manulife Singapore, also attended the luncheon.