SPH carnival raises over $12,000 for charity

Ms Lee Gee Jiong, a staff member of SPH Production which is raising funds for Jamiyah Singapore and Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, scoops a bowl of homemade vegetable curry for a customer. ST PHOTO: FELINE LIM

SINGAPORE - More then $12,322 was raised for charities at Singapore Press Holding's (SPH) seventh Charity Carnival on Monday (May 22).

The annual bazaar, which was held in the media company's auditorium, saw 500 staff members coming together to support 26 charitable causes.

Some 14 local charities and 12 SPH divisions and subsidiaries set up booths to sell an assortment of handicrafts, baked goods and drinks in aid of raising money for each specific charity or an adopted cause.

They included CARE Singapore, which protects vulnerable youths, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

SPCA volunteer, Sue Neo, 55, said, "It's very heartening because people obviously do not need to spend $10 on a cupcake or on these tiny trinkets but they do because it's for a good cause."

The carnival, which was jointly organised by SPH's Corporate Communications & CSR Division and the SPH Staff Volunteers Club, brought in $7,000 last year.

Ms Winnie Yee, who is in her 30s, has been visiting these bazaars for four consecutive years now.

The database administrator in the IT Department said, "It's a good cause and it's something different from what we do daily."

Ms Sally Lim, 64, who played some games and bought sushi, said: "You get to do charity as well as have fun. It's a great event."

This is the second year the telephonist has gone to the bazaar .

Asked what he thought of the event, Action for Singapore Dogs volunteer Yeow Kian Hong, 34, said "It takes a giving heart to make it a success and it's obvious SPH has it."

Correction note: A previous version of the article stated that the SPH Charity Carnival on May 22 was the sixth carnival instead of the seventh. This has been corrected. We are sorry for the error.

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