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StarHub marks sixth year of Central Singapore sponsorship

Underprivileged children from the Central Singapore District went on a learning journey at indoor theme park KidZania in Sentosa yesterday.

The 202 kids had a chance to try out different jobs and were pilots, firefighters, and chefs for the day.

The event, organised by StarHub and the Central Singapore Community Development Council, was to commemorate StarHub's sixth year of sponsoring the Nurture Programme.

The programme provides learning opportunities for children aged seven to 12 from low-income families, and helps them with their academic foundations.

Yesterday, Ms Jeannie Ong, chief strategic partnership officer of StarHub, presented a $200,000 cheque to the mayor of Central Singapore District, Ms Denise Phua.

The funding will benefit 622 children in the programme within the district.

Ms Ong said: "The saying that it takes a village to raise a child has never rung truer. Every child has immense potential that can, and should be, nurtured to the fullest.

EQUAL FOOTING

"Some of them may need a little help to begin their learning journey on a more equal footing with their peers and that is where StarHub comes into play."

Said Ms Phua: "Children do not begin at the same starting point in life, but education is a powerful leveller that closes the gaps among children from different socio-economic backgrounds.

"Literacy, numeracy and character development are some of the most important tools which can empower children at risk of being left behind."

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