Saturday, September 8, 2012

SIA rolls out panda collectibles to raise funds for special-needs children

SINGAPORE: Singapore, it seems, has been hit by a wave of panda craze since Kai Kai and Jia Jia arrived from China on Thursday.

Collectible panda plush toys, which resemble the two pandas, created a snaking queue at Plaza Singapura. The shopping mall was one of six locations island-wide where the toys were being sold.

Singapore Airlines is raising funds for children with special needs through the sale of the toys. Each panda plush toy costs S$20.

All funds will be donated to the Community Chest.

Each member of the public may acquire a maximum of four panda toys, while stocks last.

Community Chest General Manager Tan Bee Heong said funding requirements for children with special needs have increased by 47 per cent compared to last year, so it was timely to raise funds for the 36 programmes supporting children with special needs under the care of Community Chest.

Community Chest aims to raise S$72.3 million this year to help support 82 charities in running 219 critical social service programmes.

The funds raised will benefit over 300,000 people, including children with special needs, youths-at-risk, persons with disabilities, lonely and frail elderly and families-in-need.

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