Chinese New Year fun for families helped by ST fund

Mrs Cindy Goh spinning the Wheel of Fortune yesterday at Seletar Mall's Fortune Garden as her family cheered her on. Seletar Mall invited about 50 beneficiaries of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) and their family members to an aft
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Mrs Cindy Goh spinning the Wheel of Fortune yesterday at Seletar Mall's Fortune Garden as her family cheered her on. Seletar Mall invited about 50 beneficiaries of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) and their family members to an afternoon of fun and games. Shoppers also gave red packets of $20 to each of the beneficiaries with the mall matching their gifts dollar for dollar and raising $1,000 for the STSPMF. "Our students barely have enough money to go to school, let alone celebrate Chinese New Year," said Ms Tan Bee Heong, the fund's general manager. "We are glad to have this event to make Chinese New Year 2018 a memorable one for our beneficiaries and their families." Administrative executive Angela Tan attended the event with her two children, who are in Primary 3 and 5 and beneficiaries of the fund. "It's their last day of the holiday break. Tomorrow, they are starting school," said the 42-year-old. The fund provides pocket money to children from low-income families to help with school-related expenses, such as buying meals or paying for transport. Since 2000, it has helped more than 160,000 children and young people and disbursed over $61 million.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2018, with the headline 'Chinese New Year fun for families helped by ST fund'. Print Edition | Subscribe