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Exceptional people: UOB employees, clients raise over $1.2m for charity

UOB employees and clients savoured the joy of giving on the second day of the annual United Overseas Bank (UOB) Commercial Banking Lunar New Year dinner at the Pan Pacific Hotel last night.

More than $1.2 million was raised at the two dinners on Wednesday and last night, as more than 1,000 local and regional business leaders pledged their donations via their mobile phones. The money will be donated to The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, Fei Yue Community Services, and charity Very Special Arts Singapore Ltd.

Exceptional people: Coaching at-risk children

His day job involves organising events and conferences for companies, but on Thursday nights, Mr Irza Fauzan Suprapto, 35, is a football coach at a street soccer court near Chin Swee Road.

For each session, Mr Irza puts about 20 children through various football drills before ending with a friendly match.

The football training is one of many initiatives by Catch Plus, an after-school programme run by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee.

Other than football, Catch Plus also works with community partners such as Mendaki, Rotaract Club and Heartware Network to provide other programmes - including tuition and reading and literacy classes.