16 May 2008 10:09 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Singaporean companies and individuals have donated both physical aid and financial assistance to help the quake-hit southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, reports said on Friday.
Singapore, which is almost 90% Chinese, is one of only four countries that have been allowed to send teams to assist in the relief operations in Sichuan.
So far, local businessman Oei Hong Leong has made the single largest donation of S$2m ($1.45m), which would be used to fund the construction of earth-quake resistant hospitals and schools in the region, local media said.
Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) had pledged S$200,000, a company spokesperson said. NCS, SingTel’s Chengdu-based subsidiary, said on its website that it would provide assistance to the local rescue efforts.
Companies such as Great Eastern Life and Singapore-Sichuan Trade and Investment Committee (SSTIC) were said to have pledged contributions amounting to S$394,000 and S$900,000 respectively. Both companies were unavailable for comment.
The Singapore Red Cross had managed to raise around S$48,000 by late on Thursday.
People of Chinese origin from around the world, including Namibia and Greece, have provided monetary assistance to support the relief efforts in Sichuan and Chinese artists and actors in Los Angeles, California were planning to hold a charity performance to raise funds.
($1 = S$1.38)
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