Kids’ Christmas wishes come true

Kids’ Christmas wishes come true
Mohammad Farizul, 11, one of the 100 ST School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF) recipients invited to a Christmas party

SINGAPORE - On Chirstmas Eve yesterday, some wishes came true.

About 100 children who benefit from The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF) were presented with gifts they had wished for by about 100 staff of Cerebos Pacific, the maker of Brand's Essence of Chicken.

The children from low-income families were also hosted to other fun activities such as the Mad Science show which gave them an entertaining look at science.

Cerebos Pacific's Mr Michael Yeong, senior vice-president of group human resources, said at the event at The 3rd Space in China Square Central: "We usually have Christmas events among employees only, but we wanted to share the festive cheer with the kids this year."

Andy (not his real name) had written his wish for a new wallet two months ago and the 11-year-old received exactly that.

He said: "I've used my current wallet for two years, but it got a bit torn, so I wanted a new one."

Others received toys like a toy robot and a Nerf dart gun. StarHub also held a party for about 50 children of ex-offenders, with 80 telco volunteers presenting gifts on the children's wish list.

The children are in the Industrial and Services Cooperative Society's Fairy Godparent Programme, which aims to give them better family support and a conducive home study environment.

Santa Claus also showed up at a separate event. Royal Plaza on Scotts' general manager Patrick Fiat put on the red suit and, with about 15 hotel staff, distributed goodies such as English fruit cakes and cookies to about 20 children from Mindsville@Napiri, run by the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore.

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