The Straits Times
Published on Oct 18, 2012

Longstanding Comchest supporters honoured


Singtel, Temasek Polytechnic and Langdon & Seah were honoured at the Istana for their support of the Community Chest on Thursday.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam presented them with the Pinnacle Award, the top honour given by ComChest - the fund-raising arm of the National Council of Social Service - to those who have made significant contributions for at least 20 years or given more than $20 million.

Temasek Polytechnic and Langdon & Seah were lauded for their strong support for the Share programme, under which individuals make monthly donations to ComChest from their salary. More than 90 per cent of the staff from Temasek Polytechnic have joined the programme over the last 10 years. Langdon & Seah topped up an additional 20 per cent of every contribution made by its staff to the programme.

The organisations also organised activities for beneficiaries of charities supported by ComChest or fund-raised for ComChest. Singtel raised more than $20 million for Comchest over the past decade through its SingTel Touching Lives Fund. Many of its staff volunteered to collect used books for needy children and lent a hand to give old premises a fresh coat of paint.