SINGAPORE - More than $7,000 was raised for charities at the sixth SPH Charity Carnival on Monday, a record at this annual charity bazaar organised by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).
This year, 11 booths set up by various departments of the media company raised funds by selling food and merchandise to support their adopted charities. SPH Digital Division's in-house band, One DD, for instance, raised $350 through song dedications. It also sold keychains fashioned from beads to raise funds for its adopted charity, Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home.
From helping patients with life-limiting illnesses in Assisi Hospice to advocating for animal welfare with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), the SPH Charity Carnival also provided 12 charities a platform to showcase their cause and to raise funds.
Ms Chin Soo Fang, 44, head of corporate communications said: "For our sixth year, we have so many repeat participants like Cat Welfare Society and The Salvation Army. It shows that they find this platform very useful."
Mr Charles Kong, 45, programme executive of Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre Community Services, shared the same sentiment: "We are very glad that SPH organised this as the response from the SPH staff is very encouraging. Last year, we managed to sell everything and today, we raised nearly $500."
The festive event attracted more than 300 SPH staff members at its News Centre headquarters.