The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF) started in 2000 as a community project initiated by The Straits Times to provide pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school. The children can use this money for school-related expenses, such as buying a meal during recess, paying for their bus fares or using it to meet their other schooling needs. The financial help also eases the burden of the many parents who are already struggling to feed their families on their meagre incomes.
The Fund supports an average of 10,000 children and youth yearly. Since the project started in 2000, the Fund has disbursed over $34m and helped over 105,000 cases of children and youth in providing them with monthly school pocket money.
SPMF was established as a Trust on 20 October 2010 with a Board of Trustees and was granted charity status on 14 November 2012 with Institution of A Public Character (IPC) status effective from 1 January 2012.
Since its inception as a community project to its transition to a full-fledged charity, The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund has been working closely with its strategic partner, the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), which disburses the pocket money to beneficiaries through its network of family service centres, special schools and children’s homes.
As at May 2013, 44 family service centres, 16 special schools/ disability VWOs, 6 Children’s Homes and the Assumption Pathway School are commissioned as disbursing agencies.
LWH Gallery is proud to support SPMF in its mission. Together with 80 Gallery, an exhibition entitled ‘Muse and Musing’ was launched on 23 August 2013 to help raise funds for SPMF. The exhibition presents a series of digital artworks with calligraphy on canvas jointly created by Woon Hoe & Shi Guojun respectively. 70% of the sales proceeds are donated to SPMF to help support needy student. The exhibition runs from 23 August to 22 September 2013 at 80 South Bridge Road, Singapore.
For more information about SPMF, email at email@example.com or call at +65 6319 2121