Changi Airport Group donates $360k to Pocket Money Fund

THEY ran, jumped, drew and mimed their way across Changi Airport's terminals, stopping at airport landmarks like the Butterfly Garden and Kinetic Rain art installation.

Twenty beneficiaries of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF) took part in a race yesterday featuring charades, quizzes, scavenger hunts and obstacle courses.

The youngsters from Bukit Ho Swee Family Service Centre split into teams of four for the event to mark Changi Airport Group's $360,000 donation to the fund.

Disbursed over five years, it will provide 50 post-secondary students with pocket money for as many years.

The donation will be part of the fund's $1.5 million pilot programme to help needy students beyond primary and secondary school, like those studying at the Institute of Technical Education, junior colleges and polytechnics.

"2012 has been a very special year for Changi Airport," said Changi Airport Group chief executive Lee Seow Hiang.

"We achieved a record of more than 50 million passenger movements in one year, and we wanted to mark the milestone by sharing our success with the community."

SPMF chairman Han Fook Kwang, who received the cheque yesterday, said that there are still many young Singaporeans who need help meeting basic needs like food and bus fare.

He thanked Changi Airport Group on behalf of the 10,000 students that the fund helps every year. It raised more than $6 million last year, the third time in a row that it has surpassed that mark, and helped more than 11,000 students with their daily needs. This year, it expects to benefit an additional 1,200 post-secondary students.

Yesterday's winners, a team of four brothers, were already making plans for their winnings - $200 in Popular store vouchers.

Eldest sibling Raja Shaffiq, 17, whose brothers call him "the class champion", plans to buy decorations for his classroom, while youngest brother Bryan Kyle Indran has set his sights on the latest One Direction music album.

Looking around at the passengers in transit, the 10-year-old, who has never flown before, said: "One day I want to fly to America, to watch WWE wrestling."