Bank group Citi and its information technology partners raised $ 575,000 for deprived children at their 16th annual charity golf tournament yesterday.
Another $ 45,000 came from a charity auction on the same day.
This comes on top of the $ 110,000 that Citi employees raised in June during their global community day activities. The total amount raised, almost $ 730,000, goes to support for ChildAid 2018.
ChildAid is an annual charity concert that benefits two charity funds – The Straits Times (ST) School Pocket Money Fund, allowing children from low-income families, and The Buddy's Budding Artists Fund, which financially disadvantaged families helps children to explore the arts.
The amount is split equally between the two funds.
During the gala dinner last night, the guest of honor was Minister of Finance, Heng Swee Keat, who presented the check to the co-chairmen of ChildAid 2018 Marc Lim and Helmi Yusof.
He was joined by Mr. Paul McCarroll, head of Citi Technology Infrastructure and chief information officer of Citi Asia Pacific, and Mr. Amol Gupte, Citi & # 39; s Asean head and the country officer for Citi Singapore.
Mr. Gupte said: "Our support stems from the belief that every child should have an equal chance of a full educational experience and should be able to pursue their artistic passions."
Since 2002, the golf tournament has raised more than $ 5.9 million for various approved charities. ChildAid was chosen as the beneficiary for the eighth year in a row.
Mr. Helmi, BT's art correspondent, expressed his & # 39; utmost gratitude & # 39; to Citi for his contributions to ChildAid over the years.
Mr. Lim, who is ST news editor, said: "The art scene is increasingly becoming a road to success for young children, ChildAid has been a good platform for budding talent to show off their skills."