Feb 16, 2003

Thousands Celebrate Seagate's Donation To Charities With Raft Race And Carnival By The Singapore River

Thousands of families, including those from The Society of the Physically Disabled (SPD) and Singapore Children's Society (SCS), will flock to the first-ever Seagate carnival at the Singapore River held in conjunction with the annual Singapore River Raft Race (SRRR) organized by Singapore Polytechnic (SP).

The fair, themed "Seagate by the River", benefited from Seagate's sponsorship of S$60,000 to SRRR 2003. This is the single largest donation received from a corporate organization in the SRRR's entire 14-year history.

The donation will go toward funding the causes of SPD, Clementi Student Services Centre and the SP Overseas Community Service Programme.

In a bid to add further excitement to the riverside gala, Seagate employees will race down the historic river against the ebbing tide.

"This will be an interesting race for me because I'll be trying to get to the end of the finish line against the receding tide and, secondly, this is my very first attempt at canoeing, let alone participating in a race," said Wendy Teo, Seagate Human Resources specialist. "It's very ambitious but I'm doing this as my contribution to charity. Besides, I really trained hard for this and whatever the outcome, I intend to have fun!"

"I bet this side of the Singapore River never got as busy as this on a Sunday!" said Chee Teck Huei, vice president of Seagate Drive Operations. "It's rare that the Company can get together like this outside of work, so we just want everyone to have a good time."

The carnival activities organized at "Seagate by the River" also extend to families of SPD and SCS, Seagate's adopted charity. These include stage and stall games, friendly matches and inflatable rides for children.

In addition, children from SCS will also participate in an "On-the-Spot Raft Art Contest."

"These children come from low income environments; the carnival is definitely an event they will remember and talk about for a long, long time," said Hong Kim Beng, head of SCS' Henderson Care Centre.

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