Close to 69,000 hearts folded to help children from low-income families

HSBC Singapore group general manager and CEO Tony Cripps with staff and the origami hearts at HSBC building in Collyer Quay. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Close to 69,000 hearts have been collected for a charity campaign in which HSBC bank donates $1 to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund for every origami heart collected.

HSBC said it will top this up to $80,000 to be donated to the fund, which provides an allowance for children from low-income families.

The campaign, called SG Cares Fold-a-heart, involved members of the public folding origami hearts and depositing them at boxes located at HSBC branches and some heartland malls from Aug 9 to 31.

It officially ended on Friday (Sept 8) at the HSBC building in Collyer Quay, where HSBC Singapore group general manager and chief executive officer Tony Cripps gathered with staff members to fold the last origami hearts.

Said Mr Cripps: "We are committed to give our full support to SG Cares and, as a bank, continue to do our part for the community."

SG Cares is a nationwide volunteerism movement that seeks to help organisations and volunteers achieve greater impact through their social causes. It would be officially launched in the second half of this year.

It had organised the campaign in partnership with the The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and HSBC bank in celebration of Singapore's 52nd birthday.

Correction note: This story has been edited to clarify what SG Cares is about. We are sorry for the error.

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