Citi charity golf event raises $575k for ChildAid

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, (centre) at the cheque presentation with (from far left) Mr Paul McCarroll, Mr Amol Gupte, Mr Marc Lim and Mr Helmi Yusof.
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, (centre) at the cheque presentation with (from far left) Mr Paul McCarroll, Mr Amol Gupte, Mr Marc Lim and Mr Helmi Yusof. ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

Banking group Citi and its information technology partners raised $575,000 for underprivileged children at its 16th annual charity golf tournament yesterday.

Another $45,000 came from a charity auction on the same day.

This is on top of the $110,000 raised by Citi employees in June during their global community day activities. The total amount raised, almost $730,000, will go to supporting ChildAid 2018.

ChildAid is an annual charity concert that benefits two charity funds - The Straits Times (ST) School Pocket Money Fund, which gives an allowance to children from low-income families, and The Business Times (BT) Budding Artists Fund, which helps financially disadvantaged children to explore the arts.

The amount will be divided equally between the two funds.

At the gala dinner yesterday evening, the guest of honour was Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, who presented the cheque to ChildAid 2018 co-chairs Marc Lim and Helmi Yusof.

He was joined by Mr Paul McCarroll, head of Citi Technology Infrastructure and chief information officer of Citi Asia Pacific, and Mr Amol Gupte, Citi's Asean head and the country officer for Citi Singapore.

Mr Gupte said: "Our support stems from the belief that every child should have an equal opportunity to a full educational experience and be able to pursue their artistic passions."

Since 2002, the golf tournament has raised over $5.9 million for various adopted charities. ChildAid was chosen as the beneficiary for the eighth year running.

Mr Helmi, who is BT's arts correspondent, expressed his "utmost gratitude" to Citi for its contributions to ChildAid over the years.

Mr Lim, who is ST news editor, said: "The arts scene is increasingly becoming a pathway to success for young kids. ChildAid has been a good platform for budding talent to show off their skills."

Rei Kurohi

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 25, 2018, with the headline Citi charity golf event raises $575k for ChildAid. Subscribe