REA Group (Stock Quote – ASX:REA) today announced a new Asian community partnership program through a three-year commitment with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Henry Ruiz, REA Group Asia Chief Executive Officer

As part of the partnership, REA Group will provide financial and in-kind support to regional projects and local Red Cross/Red Crescent societies. REA Group which owns and operates the iProperty Group will support the Singapore Red Cross, in the form of matched employee donations and volunteering.


Henry Ruiz, REA Group Asia Chief Executive Officer, said the business is incredibly proud to be partnering with the ICRC to support the organisation’s efforts around ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for people in need.


“We’re incredibly pleased to be bringing our community partnership program to Asia for the first time and having the opportunity to work alongside the ICRC to improve the lives of others across the region.

“The ICRC is the largest humanitarian network in the world and we feel humbled to be able to play a role in supporting the incredibly important work they do,” Mr Ruiz said.

Arnaud De Baecque, ICRC’s Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific welcomed REA’s three year commitment, and commented: “Expressions of solidarity like this one from REA Group and its employees makes it possible for the ICRC to continue our work in some of the most difficult areas in support of those most affected by conflict and violence.”


Established in 1863, the ICRC is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect and assist victims of armed conflict and other violence. In 2016, the ICRC provided food to 14.8 million people, delivered curative medical consultations to over 3.8 million people, and helped repair, build or upgrade water-supply, sanitation and other infrastructure benefitting 28.4 million people. The ICRC also helped 910 people, mostly minors, reunited with their families.

Sony Donates 9,600 Books to South African Children

The 2016 South Africa Mobile Library Book Donation organised by the Sony Group of Companies in Singapore has concluded, with a donation of 9,600 English language children’s books to the South African children. This was made possible by generous contributions from schools, members of the public as well as Sony employees in Singapore. The books will be shipped to Durban, South Africa at the end of this month by K-Line which provides free transportation of all the books collected by Sony companies around the world.

South Africa Mobile Library

“I am very happy to see the continued partnership and support from Sony and the Singapore community for the South Africa Mobile Library project. Over the years, we have reached out to thousands of children in South Africa, fostering a love for reading and a hunger for knowledge among these children and helping them to develop their literacy for a better future,” said Tad Hasunuma, head of South Africa Primary Education Support Initiative.

This is the ninth year which the project has been organized in Singapore and this year saw an increase in the participation of schools from seven (in 2015) to 12.  Sony in Singapore would like to acknowledge the following schools for their involvement:

Students and teachers from the participating schools were involved in collecting, sorting, tagging and packing the books. Several schools also encouraged their students to write book reviews and personal messages which are appreciated by the South African children who receive the books.


Besides the schools and students, members of the public were also invited to donate books at the Sony Store @ NEX. Books were once again contributed by the National Library Board as part of their continuous support towards this project.

Since the project’s inception in 2008, more than 190,000 books have been collected through joint initiatives by 17 Sony Group companies in 11 countries worldwide. The mobile library services now cover all nine provinces in South Africa, with 49 mobile libraries in operation, reaching out to over 900 schools. For more information on Sony’s support for this project, please visit:

Newstead Technologies Raised $10,000 from Gift Your Tech

Newstead Technologies, a major consumer electronics retailer in Singapore, announced that they have raised $10,000 from the Gift Your Tech campaign for TOUCH Community Services. Sky Chen, Head of Operations, Newstead Technologies presented the donation to Lawrence Tan, Manager, TOUCH Young Arrows at the Gift Your Tech event at Marina Square Shopping Mall yesterday.

Sky Chen, Head of Operations, Newstead Technologies (right) and Lawrence Yap, Chief Procurement Officer, Newstead Technologies (middle) presented the donation of $10,000 to Lawrence Tan, Manager of TOUCH Young Arrows (left)

Many stepped forward to contribute their unwanted devices for the trade-in, in support of the campaign’s aim to e-recycle and donate to charity. “I like that the campaign is for a good cause. Instead of letting the old gadgets sit at home, they can now be used to make a difference in someone’s life,” said Shirley Mok, Marketing Manager who was at the event to trade-in her old laptop.

During the campaign which runs till January 27, 2017, consumers can trade-in PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones for cash vouchers at 12 participating Newstead Technologies stores.  Newstead Technologies will donate 20% of the trade-in value and aim to raise a total of $20,000 for TOUCH Young Arrows to help disadvantaged children.

“We would like to thank our partners for their contributions in making this campaign a success so far. We are heartened that the campaign has received such positive support from the public and hope that they will continue to bring in their e-waste for recycling,” said Mindy Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Newstead Technologies.


#SingEx Presents #SG50 #PlayLah! @SingaporeEXPO



To mark Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, SingEx, the management company of Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, invites one and all to participate in a weekend of family fun on 6 and 7 June 2015 at Singapore EXPO. The event will take place at Hall 4A from 12 noon till 6pm over the two days. Admission is free.

Aloysius Arlando, the Chief Executive Officer of SingEx, describes the inspiration behind the event. “We wanted to contribute to the SG50 celebrations in a manner that promotes community and family bonding while reliving Singapore’s memorable moments. What better way for us to do so than to play together our childhood games of today and yesteryear through a nostalgic fun-filled weekend for families. “Play-lah” is our way of showing appreciation for the contr ibutions, big and small, by our fellow Singaporeans and friends of Singapore in transforming Singapore to what she is today” ”

In partnership with the National Heritage Board, experience zones will showcase the essence of growing up in Singapore by means of games, interactive activities or memorable icons from the 1960s through to today. Each experience zone will feature a host character representing a decade and they will take visitors on a nostalgic journey through Singapore’s rich culture and milestone events over the years.

Visitors can look forward to the Kampong Days zone, capturing life in the 60’s and 70’s featuring games such as congkak, chapteh and five stones, the Let’s Go Retro zone, where the 80’s and 90’s will be brought to the forefront and the Millennial zone, which will take them through the 2000’s and 2010’s, showcasing Singapore’s urban lifestyle with activities such as skateboarding and hi-tech computer gam es.

In addition, a Water Heritage Exhibition sponsored by PUB Water will educate visitors as to Singapore’s Water Story, telling the story of a fledgling nation’s relentless effort to transform itself from a water-scarce city into an emerging, global hyrdo-hub.

An extra something appealing to fashionistas is the Singapore Fashion Runway (SFR), a nationwide initiative that brings Singaporeans together to co-create and design a national dress. Witness the creations of local fashion designers, tailors and craftsmen that have been tasked to design 50 fashion pieces inspired by Singapore, for Singapore.

Rounding up the showcase will be The Kids zone – featuring bouncing castles and educational workshops to entertain and delight children; and the Simply Shiok z one – where a wide variety of popular local delicacies such ice cream potong, laksa and malt candy will work up anyone’s appetite.