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Fake news website raises real money for children’s charity

Fake news website raises real money for children’s charity

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Charity drive started was in response to The Straits Times godawful marketing-cum-charity stunt.

A Singapore-based fake news website has raised real money for charity this past month.

New Nation, the third-most overrated website on the Internet with only “50% real news”, has been encouraging its readers to donate money directly to the Singapore Children’s Society.

A total of S$2,855 was raised, with the single highest donor giving S$500.

All donations were received via GIVE.sg, a site that facilitates the solicitation of donations for free.

Dropping its usual editorial stance of spoofing current affairs, New Nation decided to do something worthwhile for the less privileged instead of LOL-ing all the time.

But the real reason? The charity drive started in late May was in response to a charity auction announced by The Straits Times, which has since left a very bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths.

The national English broadsheet is pocketing the money raised from auctioning off a sponsored car by Volkswagen.

In return, they would finance the subscription fees for ST’s very own newspaper to 1000 low-income families for one year.

The audacity.

The sponsored car is expected to raise more than $100,000 during the auction, which is the car’s market value.

The results of the auction have not been declared even though it was held on July 15, where ST had their major anniversary song-and-dance at the Gardens by the Bay.

This unpopular charity-cum-marketing drive, initially announced on May 29, came about a month after ST gave away a 1kg solid gold bar worth $80,000 as a top prize to a single newspaper subscriber in a lucky draw.

Like I said, the bloody audacity.

To address the concerns raised online by many unhappy ex-readers and non-readers of the newspaper, ST’s editor, Warren Fernandez, was prompted to write an open letter explaining that “(p)roviding 1,000 household with subscriptions for a year would cost about $300,000.”

But he was too shy to truly explain that the real cost of newspapers is much lesser as printing an extra 1,000 copies a day is not going to deduct too much from ST’s bottom line.

The initial plan was for New Nation to raise $107,500 to match the price of the car from Volkswagen, but that target could not be met because Singaporeans, in the first place, are finding it hard to give when their salaries are eroded by inflation.

But, whatever.

$2,855 beats one-year’s supply of vegetable wrapping paper. Hands down.

Hawker to auction off Bak Chor Mee with Tur Kwa for charity

Hawker to auction off Bak Chor Mee with Tur Kwa for charity

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Regular bowls of Bak Chor Mee without Tur Kwa to be given to poorer customers for free.

Siow siow Bak Chor Mee with Tur Kwa up for charity auction.

In a bid to ensure that the underprivileged do not go hungry in his Toa Payoh neighbourhood, a hawker is starting a one-of-a-kind charity drive.

Yu Yuan Tang, a 40-year-old Bak Chor Mee seller, is raising money by getting his customers to bid for bowls of his specialty minced meat noodles in an auction.

The catch and main draw to ensure his charity auction is palatable?

The bowls of minced meat noodles put up for bidding will not be the regular run-of-the-mill kind.

Instead, Yu is offering a mouth-watering Bak Chor Mee concoction that comes with generous servings of Tur Kwa, a.k.a. pig liver, and customers will have to bid for it if they want to eat it.

Yu, dispelling notions that he is profiting from this exercise, said: “My supplier gives me fresh Tur Kwa once in a while for free. I thought it will be a good idea to make my customers bid for it instead of giving it to them without cost. I can then use the proceeds for a charitable cause.”

He added: “And to make sure customers bid more for the Bak Chor Mee with Tur Kwa, I will remind them they are doing this to help poor people. Win-win situation for all.”

The plan, as it turns out, is for Yu to pocket the money raised from the auction.

In return, he will buy the Bak Chor Mee without Tur Kwa from his own stall and give them out for free to poorer customers, after conducting means-testing.

Asked if he is afraid that there will be public backlash given the pseudo-charitable nature of this scheme, Yu said confidently: “I recently read that The Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez is doing something similar. They take a free car, put it up for auction and then say they’re using the money to buy ST newspapers for the poor. I heard the response online is very good so far as the campaign is going viral.”

He continued: “In fact, I came up with this concept first. I wonder if he might have stolen it from me because I thought I might have seen Warren walked past the other day during lunch time.”

“Also, I mean, come on, it’s not as if I have the cheek to give out gold bars to my regular customers at the expense of the poor and so I got not enough money left to do charity, right?”

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Pissed with Straits Times’ “charity” drive? Donate to Singapore Children’s Society instead

Pissed with Straits Times’ “charity” drive? Donate to Singapore Children’s Society instead

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The Straits Times has decided, in a moment of sheer brilliance, to pocket the money off an upcoming Volkswagen car auction and then “donate” the proceeds to 1,000 low-income families — through a one-year subscription to the newspaper worth $300 each.

Many of you find this lame. So do we. And we want to do something about it.

So, starting today, we’re launching a charity drive of our own, and our chosen beneficiary is the Singapore Children’s Society.

We’re doing this because we believe charity drives should be sincere, and not borne of a desperate attempt to market your own products.

Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez says: “We want to give the young in these families a precious gift: access to information and a window to the world and all its possibilities. That will help them get ahead in life. We sincerely believe a daily copy of the ST delivered to their homes will do that.”

We think it’s better to give them a $300 Kinokuniya voucher instead. Or an iPad that grants them access to truly high-quality journalism from the likes of Times, BBC, and Newsweek.

Or they could simply donate the money to organizations like the Singapore Children’s Society, which provides enrichment classes and care for abused and neglected children.

Which is what we’re doing.

So, if you’d like to stand with us, there are a few things you can do:

1) Donate. We’re not sure how much we can raise, but we’re going for broke: $107,500, which is the cost of the Volkswagen car. The campaign will last until 15th July, the same time Straits Times will announce the winning bidder.

2) Drop by the Straits Times Facebook or Twitter page and tell them to do something else with the money instead.

3) Pass this message to your friends and family.

Or, you can do all three!


The NewNation.sg team


Here’s how much the charity drive raised: S$2,855

Super gracious Straits Times to pocket money raised in charity auction

Super gracious Straits Times to pocket money raised in charity auction

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In return, they’re giving 1000 low-income families much more: One year’s worth of ST and free knowledge.

Straits Times logic: Low-income families don't need money. They need newspapers.

One thousand needy families are about to have their lives turned around as they receive the gift of the century: One year’s worth of free subscription to The Straits Times.

This is going to happen after ST is expected to auction off a sponsored Volkswagen car for more than its $107,500 price tag, with the winning bidder announced after July 15.

That money raised will be channeled into ST, which then decides that the less-privileged require newspapers.

ST editor Warren Fernandez was quoted as saying about this marketing drive and assistance to the low-income families: “We want to give the young in these families a precious gift: access to information and a window to the world and all its possibilities. That will help them get ahead in life. We sincerely believe a daily copy of the ST delivered to their homes will do that.”

Some of the low-income families spoken to, agree that ST will provide the necessary head start.

Ms. Jin Kia See, a 30-year-old mother of a pair of boy-girl twins, said: “Learning the ins and outs of the Greek crisis and Malaysian politics is invaluable for Xiao Ming. It will undoubtedly serve him well during his PSLE.”

She also said: “My girl, Xiao Hua, will also learn practical lessons. She will know about voting for and serving the PAP.  She can then marry a high-flying civil servant and get out of poverty.”

The high quality of ST is also praised for its consistent standard.

Char Kai Lan, a 40-year-old housewife who stays in a rental flat, thanked ST for being a “high-quality newspaper”.

She said: “ST is a high quality newspaper. That’s why I use it to wrap vegetables, as it is thick and absorbent.”

The mother of seven also said: “Lianhe Wanbao is the worst quality newspaper, by the way. Too much colouring.”

ST has even raised the standard of living incrementally for some, even before its free giveaway.

A recent ST convert, 65-year-old retiree, Zhou Gou, said: “Now that I subscribe to ST, my dog no longer suffers from incontinence everywhere around the house.”

“It knows exactly where to pee and poop.”

The subscription fee for ST is $300 annually.

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