More than 100 golfers were at the Singapore Island Country Club yesterday, not just to tee off but also for a good cause. They helped to raise $628,000 for Singapore Power's annual Charity Golf event.
The sum was the highest amount raised in the 11-year history of the event, said Singapore Power's head of corporate services, Mrs Catherine Teo, 44. "We are very glad to have raised this amount despite the current economic situation," she said.
The money will go to the Singapore Power Heartware Fund, which supports services for the elderly under the Community Chest.
The funds will pay for programmes at community homes, caregiver support, home help or befriending services.
Mr Wong Kim Yin, Singapore Power's group chief executive, said: "We are heartened that a record $628,000 has been raised... Like all our community initiatives, this event has been organised by our staff volunteers, or Heart Workers. Our business partners have also joined us and contributed generously to this worthy cause."
The 144 golfers were from 60 of Singapore Power's business partners, including United Overseas Bank and technology company ABB Group.
Ms Ng Ling Ling, assistant chief executive of the National Council of Social Service and managing director of the Community Chest, said: "Singapore Power has been Community Chest's long-time partner... raising funds to give hope to our beneficiaries.
"In addition, its staff have engaged beneficiaries directly through volunteering to share joy. We truly appreciate Singapore Power's commitment and support in serving the less fortunate, and in nurturing a nation of givers."
Last year, Singapore Power supported more than 24,000 beneficiaries in 23 eldercare programmes managed by the Community Chest.