Straits Times
School Pocket
Money Fund
River Safari Trip

Straits Times
School Pocket
Money Fund
River Safari Trip

As a contributor to Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF), Samsung Electronics Singapore presented a cheque for $10,000 for the STSPMF.

Straits Times was able to conduct its fourth HeadSTart outing where ST journalists interact with students from low-income families supported by STSPMF during their school holidays.

Mr Eugene Goh, president of Samsung Electronics Singapore, commented, "Samsung is proud to have contributed over the years to STSPMF's mission of helping children in need reach their full potential.”

"As a company at the forefront of innovation, we believe every child is unique and I hope that our contribution will inspire them to scale greater heights and go on to do what people say they can't."

STSPMF was started in 2000 as a community project by The Straits Times to give pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school. Since then, it has helped over 170,000 cases of children and youth in need and disbursed over $60 million.

For two hours on Tuesday (March 19) afternoon, 33 primary and secondary school students got a flavour of the job of a journalist when they visited The Straits Times.

The beneficiaries of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF), aged between 10 and 14 years, explored the newly-revamped newsroom armed with brand new 10.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablets worth $600 each, sponsored by Samsung.

They were asked to place themselves in the shoes of a journalist, interview three eyewitnesses who saw a mysterious creature, and try to draw what it looked like using their tablets. Some of them took photographs of the eyewitnesses.

The goal was to introduce them to the skills reporters need, such as asking questions, teamwork and verifying information.

Ms Tan Bee Heong, general manager of STSPMF, said: "It has been a very memorable and fun day for our beneficiaries. We are very grateful to the staff from The Straits Times for taking time to be with them and to Samsung for sponsoring this meaningful project every year."