UOB donates $500,000 to ST School Pocket Money Fund

23 July 2019

UOB Group Commercial Banking head Eric Tham (second from right) presenting a cheque for $500,000 to ST School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) chairman and ST editor Warren Fernandez. With them are STSPMF general manager Tan Bee Heong (far left) and ST executive editor Sumiko Tan. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG


United Overseas Bank (UOB) donated $500,000 to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) yesterday.

The money is in support of ChildAid 2019, an annual charity concert by The Straits Times and The Business Times, with STSPMF and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BTBAF) as the beneficiaries.

UOB had donated another half a million dollars to BTBAF in May.

Yesterday's donation is part of the more than $1.6 million raised from the bank's Chinese New Year reception in February, with STSPMF as one of the four benefiting charities.

Guests could pledge donations which UOB matched dollar for dollar up to $250,000.

A specially commissioned art piece, which consisted of three watercolour paintings and featured nine goldfish, was also auctioned off for $100,000.

Mr Eric Tham, head of UOB Group Commercial Banking, said: "We strive to make a positive difference in the communities in which we operate. One way we do so is by opening up opportunities for young minds to develop their fullest potential."

The Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez, who is chairman of the fund and editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings' English/ Malay/Tamil Media Group, said: "The focus of the fund is very simple: Make sure that kids get to go to school and don't so hungry.

"UOB's donation is very generous, and this is not the first time they are doing it. They are a longstanding supporter, and we appreciate that greatly because it helps us have greater certainty that we have the funds to help the kids in need."

The STSPMF was set up in 2000 by The Straits Times as a community project to provide pocket money for low-income children. It has disbursed over $68 million to more than 170,000 children to date, helping to fund school-related essentials such as meals during recess.

Around $5.37 million has been disbursed by the STSPMF since the start of this year.

This year's ChildAid concert, now in its 15th year, will be staged on Nov 20 and 21 at the Esplanade Theatre, with musician Dick Lee returning as its creative director.


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