Thanks to people like Mini Environment Service Group founder and chief executive officer Mohamed Abdul Jaleel, who presented Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF) chairman Han Fook Kwang with a personal donation of $500,000 to the SPMF on Oct 1 (above). Mr Jaleel, who was also recently conferred the third tabla! Community Champion award, has been actively supporting the SPMF, donating $400,000 to the fund in the last two years.
The SPMF will increase the monthly amount it gives to students from low-income families starting from January next year. Students from primary and secondary schools will get $5 more each month, to $60 and $95 respectively. The fund, which helps students with school-related expenses, will disburse about $1 million more next year with this revision. Students from the Institute of Technical Education, junior colleges and polytechnics will continue to get $120 a month.
This announcement was made at the SPMF's annual appreciation and sharing day on Oct 1 that was attended by social workers and managers from the various SPMF disbursing agencies.
Mr Han, who is also Singapore Press Holdings' English and Malay Newspapers Division managing editor, said the changes were made because the SPMF board recognised that the cost of living had gone up and the poorer families have a harder time coping. Started in 2000, the fund has since disbursed $33.9 million to help 116,500 students.
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