SPH spreads Christmas cheer at party for Care Singapore beneficiaries

ST VIDEO: YUEN SIN

SINGAPORE - Christmas came early for more than 200 beneficiaries and their caregivers from the Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (Care Singapore) on Tuesday (Dec 8), as staff from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) organised a year end party for them at the News Centre Auditorium.

The children and teenagers, aged between seven and 14, enjoyed games, a magic show and were also treated to a buffet lunch. SPH staff also gave out presents to the children from Care Singapore. The children had written down the items that were on their wishlist, and each staff member sponsored at least one or more of the gifts.

More presents will also be delivered to two other charities, Care Community Services Society and Life Community Services Society.

In total, 300 wishes worth about $20,000 - including requests for dolls, soccer balls or household items such as electric fans or mattresses - were granted.

This was part of the Boys' Brigade Share-a-Gift project, which collects gifts and distributes them to beneficiaries, including the low-income and the elderly. This is the 10th time that SPH has supported this project.

Bedok Green Secondary School student Clarice Tong, 14, received a drawstring backpack. "My parents don't usually have the time to take me out and choose the type of bag that I like, so I'm really glad that I got this as a present. I enjoyed almost everything about today, especially the games and the magic show," she said.

yuensin@sph.com.sg