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Emirates Raises Sin$207,560 at Singapore Derby

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Dubai-based Emirates Airline successfully raised a record sum of Sin$207,560 for charity this past weekend at the 14th Emirates Singapore Derby – one of Singapore’s most prestigious horseracing events.

In spite of the challenging economic climate, Emirates – the long-term title sponsor of the Singapore Derby – had earlier pledged to raise at least Sin$150,000 for eight voluntary welfare organisations under the umbrella of the Community Chest of Singapore.

Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Far East and Australasia, said, “Since the 8th Emirates Singapore Derby, we have used the event as a platform to raise funds for the less fortunate in our society. To date, Emirates has raised more than Sin$800,000 for the underprivileged and we want to extend our warmest thanks to our supportive guests and donors who have made this possible.”

Dr KC Tan, owner of the winning Derby horse Jolie's Shinju, donated Sin$100,000 upon his victory. Close to 550 guests at the 14th Emirates Singapore Derby were also encouraged to play their part for charity by purchasing “Pick and Win” contest coupons, where each coupon entitled guests to predict the winning horse in selected races.

In addition, Emirates had earlier sold donation tables in the hospitality rooms to corporate and private sponsors, and also received outright donations from corporations and individuals.

Renowned Singaporean artist Francis Kwok also created a special painting, titled The Ascension, which was auctioned for Sin$10,000.

In true Derby tradition, guests came dressed to impress in their best racing outfits, for a chance to win the coveted title of “Best Dressed for the Races”.

 After several  rounds of discussion, a judging panel comprising publishing director Bridget Hope, designer Chen Kah Lee and image consultant Audrey Quek voted Ms Jaylian See the winner of the “Best Dressed to the Races” contest.

Ms See won for herself a pair of Business Class tickets to Melbourne, courtesy of Emirates, and a special Emirates Melbourne Cup package, courtesy of the Victoria Racing Club and Crown Towers Hotel, which includes three nights of accommodation and a chance to participate in the Cup’s renowned “Fashions on the Fields” contest.

One lucky guest also won a pair of Business Class tickets to Dubai, courtesy of Emirates, with a two-night stay at a top hotel, sponsored by Emirates Holidays, after correctly predicting the winning horses of the 14th Emirates Singapore Derby.

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