Eco race raises $27,000 for underprivileged children

Eco race raises $27,000 for underprivileged children

SINGAPORE - The fourth edition of the CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT) Eco Race this year has raised $27,000 for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF).

The amount will go to STSPMF's beneficiaries - children from underprivileged families.

More than 370 people gathered in the Central Business District on Saturday (Aug 27), including four teams from the Building Construction Authority (BCA) and two teams from the National Environment Agency.

Finishing first was a team from the Economic Development Board, while teams from JP Morgan and Fitness First jointly clinched second place. The three teams won prizes worth a total of about $8,000.

Started in 2000 by The Straits Times, the SPMF is a registered charity supporting about 14,000 children and youth from low-income families yearly. It has since disbursed almost $50 million, helping more than 140,000 youngsters.

CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF), CapitaLand's philanthropic arm, matched dollar-for-dollar the total registration fees collected from the race participants. In addition, CHF will donate $10 per kilometer per participant, for every team that pledged to complete the race of approximately 6km.

Ms Lynette Leong, Chief Executive Officer of CCT Management Limited, said: "While we provide quality conducive environments for our tenants in our environmentally-sustainable office buildings, CCT is equally committed to promoting the benefits of active, healthy and sustainable living amongst our tenant community. We also provide opportunities for our busy tenants to engage with and give back to the community in meaningful ways."

Said Ms Tan Bee Heong, General Manager of STSPMF: "The donations will go a long way in providing school pocket money to our children from low-income families. Not only will funds be raised to help our children with their school pocket money, CCT's kind gesture of fulfilling 650 wishes of beneficiaries this year-end will bring much joy to them during the festive season."

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