SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Transport (MOT) raised $114,797 for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund on Saturday (Dec 17).
The ministry's statutory boards, taxi companies and the National Taxi Association came together for a charity futsal game called "Score for a Cause".
Ex-national football player Lim Tong Hai and the head coach of F-17 Academy Habil Hakim joined players from the transport companies, statutory boards and associations for the event.
Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport, was the guest of honour.
The fundraising effort received strong support from taxi companies, ComfortDelGro Taxi, Premier Taxis, Prime Car Rental & Taxi Services, SMRT Taxis and Trans-Cab Services.
"Donations also came from staff of MOT and MOT statutory boards, which included the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Land Transport Authority, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, and Public Transport Council," said MOT.
The funds raised will go towards supporting more than 11,000 children and youth from low income families with a household income of $625 or less.
The children and youth can use this money to buy a meal during recess, pay for transport or use it to meet their other schooling needs.
Since the year 2000, the ST School Pocket Money Fund has helped over 140,000 cases of children and youth in need and disbursed over $50 million.
A trustee of the Fund, Mr Han Jok Kwang, said: "We are thankful for the support shown by the MOT family, taxi companies and the NTA. The donations raised will enable us to support the beneficiaries through school, and help make a difference in their lives.
"I am also thankful to all the players who have joined us today to spend time with beneficiaries in a game of futsal. It was truly a treat for them."