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Singtel Touching Lives Fund turns 10

  • Committed to raise S$2.5 million this year
  • Over 800 staff volunteers for kick-off activity
  • Raised a total of S$20 million for beneficiaries over past 9 years

Singapore, 23 June 2011 – Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) will kick off the 10th year of its fund-raising programme, Singtel Touching Lives Fund (STLF), with a Flag Day on Friday (24 June 2011) with participation from over 800 employees, their family members and friends.

The team, led by Ms Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO, Ms Jeann Low, STLF Chairman and Group CFO and Ms Aileen Tan, STLF Deputy Chairman and Group Director Human Resource, will be visiting different parts of the island. The company held their first flag day in 2002 at the launch of the STLF.

This year, STLF is committed to raise S$2.5 million and aims to collect S$100,000 from this event.  The funds raised will go towards the six charities supported by STLF this year.

“I am very heartened by the support from our staff for the Singtel Flag Day. Many of them have signed up their families and friends to join us at this fund-raising event,” said Ms Low.

 “Over the past nine years, a total of S$20 million was raised and donated to various charities supporting children and young people. We raise funds by organising activities that engage our employees, business partners, customers, regional associates and the general public.”

 “Beyond the financial assistance, through Fold-A-Heart in schools and volunteering efforts by Singtel staff, we have also raised awareness and societal consciousness for these needs.”

 Other fund-raising activities planned for this year include Singtel-Singapore Cancer Society Race Against Cancer on 10 July at East Coast Park, Singtel Charity Golf on 19 August at the Tanah Merah Country Club and the signature Fold-A-Heart campaign.

 The six charities are:

  • APSN Chaoyang School
  • APSN Tanglin School
  • AWWA Early Years Centre – Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Young Children (EIPIC)
  • MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School
  • Singapore Cancer Society – Help the Children and Youth Programme
  • Students Care Service

Besides making its corporate contribution to STLF, Singtel fully underwrites the fund-raising costs for the programme. This practice, which has been in place since the start of STLF in 2002, ensures every dollar raised goes towards the work of its beneficiaries.

Singtel customers and the public can also make donations to STLF via hotlines: 1900 112 8811 (fixed line) and *8111 (Singtel mobile) that are open until December. Each call is a S$5 donation.

Crossed cheque donations can be made to ‘Singtel Touching Lives Fund’ and mailed to: Singtel Group Communications, 31 Exeter Road, #19-00, Comcentre, Singapore 239732.  Customers can also donate online via DBS iBanking at www.dbs.com.sg.  Outright cash donations qualify for 250 per cent tax deduction.

About Singtel Touching Lives Fund

The Singtel Touching Lives Fund (STLF) is Singtel’s philanthropy programme committed to help disadvantaged children and young persons in Singapore.  Since its launch in 2002, the STLF has raised over S$20 million for various beneficiaries under the auspices of the National Council of Social Service.

 Beneficiaries of Singtel Touching Lives Fund 2011

 APSN Chao Yang School

The School provides special education for children with mild intellectual disability and autism, aged 7- 12 years. The aim of the school programme is to provide education and training to enable the children to have the necessary skills, attitude and personality to lead normal, independent lives in adulthood. The school offers after school activities where pupils are not only taught skills, but are also given the opportunity to practise their interaction skills.

Website: http://www.apsn.org.sg/sch_centres/cy/cy_main.html

APSN Tanglin School 

The School provides special education for children with mild intellectual disability, aged 14-16 years.  The special education programme aims to enable children to have the necessary skills, attitude and personality to lead normal, independent lives in adulthood.

Website: link to http://www.apsn.org.sg/sch_centres/tl/tanglin_main.html

AWWA Early Years Centre – EIPIC 

The Centre offers early intervention programmes and individual therapy consultations for infants and children under 5 with special needs. It aims to maximise the developmental growth of these children by providing them with a holistic, individual developmental programme, while minimising the risks of secondary disabilities through support and training for the children and their families.

Website: http://www.awwa.org.sg

MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School

The School provides a basic foundation in independence and employment skills to serve children aged 5 to 18 years with intellectual disabilities. It aims to develop each child to his or her fullest potential with the long-term objective of enhancing the child’s prospects of integrating into mainstream society.

Website: http://www.minds.org.sg/schools/leekong

Students Care Service

School Social Work operated by Students Care Service (SCS) helps youths who are susceptible to negative influences, or who come from dysfunctional families. This programme reaches out to youths aged 5 to 18 years and provides support and mentoring against negative peer influence, with the aim to maintain them in the education system.

An integral part of the Students Care Service is the SCS Educational Psychology Service, which is an educational and intellectual assessment and remedial teaching to help students with educational difficulties to function optimally.

Website: http://www.students.org.sg

Singapore Cancer Society (SCS)  

The Singapore Cancer Society is a self-funding voluntary health organisation. It provides financial assistance to needy cancer stricken patients and their families, support for cancer survivors, rehabilitation care for patients receiving treatment and home medical care for terminally ill cancer patients.

Money raised from Singtel Touching Lives Fund for the Singtel-Singapore Cancer Society 2010 Race Against Cancer will be used to support the Society’s “SCS Help the Children and Youth” programme. The programme aims to help children and youths who are cancer patients or whose parents or siblings have cancer.

Website: http://www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg