Maybank donates $13,000 to ST School Pocket Money Fund; takes 200 children to KidZania

Elie Nur Aisha Bte Johari, 8 (left), and Arun Thirral Amiltham Alarmugill, 7, try their hands at being Maybank Cash Officers at KidZania Singapore during an exclusive after-hours party supported by The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
Elie Nur Aisha Bte Johari, 8 (left), and Arun Thirral Amiltham Alarmugill, 7, try their hands at being Maybank Cash Officers at KidZania Singapore during an exclusive after-hours party supported by The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. PHOTO: MAYBANK SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - More than 200 children supported by The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund tried out exciting "dream jobs" at KidZania Singapore on Thursday (Nov 17).

The progamme was sponsored by Maybank, which booked the attraction for an after-hours private party for the underprivileged children.

At the theme park, they could try being firemen, bakers, flight attendants, bank officers and other professions.

The children were accompanied by Maybank staff volunteers.

Ms Tan Bee Heong, general manager of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund said: "This is a very meaningful experience for our students from low-income families as it inspires them to pursue their dreams and ambitions.

"We are especially grateful to Maybank for their generous donations and for giving our children these opportunities which will enable them to understand more about the various professions."

Maybank also presented a cheque of $13,000 to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund at the KidZania Singapore event.

This was raised through an online campaign, where public donations were matched dollar-for-dollar by the bank.

It also donated $50 to the Fund for every successful Maybank education loan application from July 1 to Oct 31 this year.

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund supports over 14,000 children and youths from low-income families each year.

One of the beneficiaries, featured in Maybank's online campaign, is a 16-year-old student, Pearlyn. Her family gets by with just S$700 a month, and she has to juggle between school and caring for her family as her mother had suffered a stroke last year.

Check out more stories from the campaign here