(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

SINGAPORE – On a day billed as Community Play Day at the Singapore Sports Hub, Standard Chartered Bank did its part for the community by donating $250,000 to the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF), which provides pocket money to students from low-income families.

Mr Goh Beng Kim, Standard Chartered’s head of transaction banking in Singapore, presented Mr Warren Fernandez, The Straits Times’ editor and editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings’ English/Malay/Tamil Media group with the cheque.

Mr Fernandez also presented Mr Goh with a token of appreciation.

The cheque presentation on Saturday (June 17) was witnessed by Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng, who was the guest of honour for Community Play Day.

Said Mr Goh: “We are delighted to be here today with STSPMF in support of our children, as well as our seniors from South East CDC. They (the seniors) are the main focus of Silver Lining – Standard Chartered’s local community initiative aimed at engaging our pioneers.”

Seniors from the Silver Lining programme lined up side by side with STSPMF beneficiaries for a towel stretching workout at the OCBC Arena, before Community Play Day was officially launched by Mr Baey.

“It is always heartening to see the community coming together to do good,” said Mr Baey.

“The partnership between the STSPMF and Standard Chartered Bank has better equipped children-in-need for school, created a better learning environment for them, and provided opportunities so they can achieve their dreams.”

Mr Fernandez said that having the cheque presentation on Community Play Day was a decision made for STSPMF’s beneficiaries.

“We wanted an opportunity for our beneficiaries to be able to enjoy themselves,” he said. “It’s not just about the serious business of charity donation.”

This is not the first time that Standard Chartered and The Straits Times have linked up this year.

The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) is partnering this year’s The Straits Times Run on July 16.

Those who sign up for both events will get an exclusive gift – a 10-litre dry bag.

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