Update: NewNation.sg weighs in with a funny "Super gracious Straits Times to pocket money raised in charity auction" and makes a suggestion if you don't want to donate to this "charity" drive.
Meanwhile, the Moodometer on the Asiaone page touting the auction is at 90% for "Disgusted". Not the kind of publicity VW probably wanted for their donation, I think.
ST runs a VW auction (COE not included)… and the proceeds go towards sponsoring one-year subscriptions to ST for 1,000 low-income families. Liddat is called charity ah? Not even going into the SPH School Pocket Money Fund?
The headline says "The Straits Times to auction Volkswagen car for charity" but it looks more like Volkswagen doing the charity leh.
I am sure poor families are dying to read your paper, Warren Fernandez, but giving cash or groceries is probably more helpful, no? They can read your papers at the RC, CC or library what.
Perhaps after the poor families collect enough of the donated newspapers, they can sell them to karang guni for a few bucks.
All the proceeds from the auction will go towards sponsoring one-year subscriptions to ST for some 1,000 low-income families. A yearly subscription to the ST costs about $300.
Dr Zeno Kerschbaumer, managing director of Volkswagen Group Singapore, presented the car to ST editor Warren Fernandez this morning at the SPH News Centre in Toa Payoh North.
Said ST editor Warren Fernandez: "We at ST are delighted to partner with Volkswagen once again for this worthwhile project. Those who bid for this car will help drive our efforts to reach out and support the less well-off in our community.
"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."