UOB raises record $1.16 million for charity

UOB group head of commercial banking Eric Tham (left) looks on as UOB group deputy chairman and CEO Wee Ee Cheong keys in a $250,000 donation from the bank.
UOB group head of commercial banking Eric Tham (left) looks on as UOB group deputy chairman and CEO Wee Ee Cheong keys in a $250,000 donation from the bank.PHOTO: UOB
UOB staff perform a dragon dance at the event.
UOB staff perform a dragon dance at the event.PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Joey Kirk, UOB vice-president, enterprise banking, leads the dragon dance.
Joey Kirk, UOB vice-president, enterprise banking, leads the dragon dance.PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - United Overseas Bank (UOB) raised a record $1.16 million for charity to which it contributed $250,000 at its annual Lunar New Year fundraising dinner on Friday.

The sum will be split this year between the following beneficiaries: The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, Touch Ubi Hostel and Willing Hearts, a soup kitchen.

Senior staff of the bank performed a dragon dance at the event at the Pan Pacific Hotel, after rehearsing the routine for two months.

The fundraiser is part of UOB's Lunar New Year outreach programme, which saw 60 employees prepare 5,000 hot meals for the elderly and needy last week.