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29 November 2016

Last week to donate used textbooks for Share-A-Textbook Project in lead-up to the festive season

  • The public has until Sunday, 4 December 2016, to drop-off their used textbooks to benefit the community and reduce paper wastage
  • Books can be dropped off at 159 donation points across all FairPrice stores including FairPrice Finest, FairPrice Xtra hypermarkets, FairPrice Xpress outlets at Esso stations and Warehouse Club
  • Interested volunteers may contribute to the project through sorting, setting-up and distribution of textbooks by registering by Friday, 2 December 2016

Singapore, 29 November 2016 – As the festive season approaches, the public is invited to share in the spirit of giving and blessing others through the NTUC FairPrice (FairPrice) Share-A-Textbook Project. With a target of 400,000 books to be collected and made available for collection, FairPrice is appealing to members of the public to donate more textbooks to benefit more students from low-income families.   Additionally, FairPrice continues to welcome members of the public to come forward and volunteer for this meaningful cause, as they have an opportunity for the first time to help with the sorting, setting up and distribution of the textbooks. 

Mr Jonas Kor, Chairman of the NTUC FairPrice CSR Committee and Director for Corporate Communications said, “The best gifts are those that touch the heart, and through our individual donation of textbooks, we pass on knowledge, love and memories to others who would benefit from them. At the same time, we care for the environment through reducing and reusing paper. As we enter the 34th year of Share-A-Textbook, we continue to seek donations, rally volunteers and offer platforms for the less fortunate to collect textbooks in usable condition. This festive season, with about a week left to make our last donations, let’s give back and make lives better together.”

With the new school year beginning, FairPrice aims to reach its collection target to benefit some 20,000 needy students who have registered to receive textbooks under the priority scheme this year. The public is invited to drop off their books at any of the 159 FairPrice stores including FairPrice Finest, FairPrice Xtra hypermarkets, FairPrice Xpress outlets at Esso stations and Warehouse Club located island-wide. The deadline for donating used textbooks is Sunday, 4 December 2016. The public can also visit www.moe.gov.sg/approved-textbook-list/ to check the current approved list of textbooks.

This year, some 450 volunteers from over 170 supporting partners and volunteers from have come forward to assist in areas such as logistics, promotion, mass community collection, sorting and distribution of the textbooks. Over 9,000 man-hours are needed to bring this project to fruition.  First launched in 1983, the project has since collected over 4.3 million books to benefit the low-income and care for the environment. This year, the public can also register as volunteers by sending an email to fptextbook@fairprice.com.sg by Friday, 2 December 2016.

Gan Eng Seng School, Yio Chu Kang Secondary School, Warehouse Club, Changi City Point and City Square Mall will serve as distribution centres for the collection process. The public is invited to pick up used textbooks at these five locations on the public distribution day, held on 11 December 2016 from 9am to 3pm (Gan Eng Seng School, Yio Chu Kang Secondary School) or 9am to 6pm (Warehouse Club, Changi City Point, City Square Mall).

A video on the call-for-donations for Share-A-Textbook can be accessed at http://bit.ly/fptextbook2016, for editorial consideration and sharing. For more information on FairPrice Share-A-Textbook Project, please visit www.fairprice.com.sg or www.facebook.com/thatsmyfairprice.

Watch the full Share-A-Textbook 2016 video at http://bit.ly/fptextbook2016

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