Singapore Turf Club raises more than $270,000 for Community Chest with Charity Bowl 2018

Jockeys at the $1 million Group 1 Giovanni Racing Charity Bowl, which raised $270,736 for benefit special needs children and youth-at-risk from organisations.
Jockeys at the $1 million Group 1 Giovanni Racing Charity Bowl, which raised $270,736 for benefit special needs children and youth-at-risk from organisations.ST PHOTO: SHAHRIYA YAHAYA

SINGAPORE - The $1 million Group 1 Giovanni Racing Charity Bowl concluded on Sunday (June 24) with a total of $270,736 raised for Community Chest.

The funds raised will be directed to benefit children with special needs and youth-at-risk from social service organisations including Beyond Social Services, Rainbow Centre, Singapore and Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore.

Singapore Turf Club rallied corporations and individuals from the racing fraternity, corporate partners and staff members to raise $135,368 through sale of tables and individual seats for the charity luncheon held at the Grandstand at Singapore Racecourse on Sunday.

Top-tier donors were invited to name the day's races, including the title sponsor for the Giovanni Racing Charity Bowl, Joe Giovanni, who contributed a generous donation for this worthy cause.

Tote Board provided matching grant for the donations, with a total amount of $270,736 raised to benefit the social service organisations.

Vince Toh, chief financial officer, Singapore Turf Club, said: "Giving back to our community lies at the core of what we do here at the Singapore Turf Club. As Tote Board Group, we have uplifted the community with $8.6 billion approved grants for the last 30 years. The Charity Bowl has been a resounding success, not just because the funds raised will go a long way towards supporting those in need, but also because it is heartening to see the racing fraternity coming together to give back to the community while showcasing a prestigious Group 1 race. The Club would like to thank to all the donors for their generous contributions towards the Giovanni Racing Charity Bowl 2018 in aid of Community Chest."

Charmaine Leung, managing director of Community Chest, said: "Our sincere congratulations on Tote Board's 30th Anniversary and a highly successful Singapore Turf Club's Charity Bowl 2018. Their unwavering support through the years has enabled Community Chest to ensure that every dollar raised goes towards empowering the lives of our social service users, including providing children with special needs and youth-at-risk with opportunities to fulfil their potential. Community Chest looks forward to a continued partnership to continue to make a real difference in the lives of those we serve."