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    Jul 11, 2014

    Bid for Becks' boots - for a good cause

    FANCY enjoying the finer things in life while doing good for the needy and less well-off?

    That is what Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has in store for those who are keen to take part in its annual fundraiser.

    Dubbed the Sands For Singapore Festival, the charity event, which is in its second year, will feature, among other activities, a gastronomical trail with top celebrity chefs and an auction in which you can bid for a pair of autographed football shoes that footballer David Beckham used to wear.

    There are also interactive activities for children such as Tangle, in which they can create their own artwork with the use of colourful elastic bands.

    The three-day festival, which starts on Aug 1, will raise funds for more than 10 charities and voluntary welfare organisations, including the Association for Persons with Special Needs, the Singapore Association for the Deaf as well as Community Chest.

    MBS hopes to exceed $3.6 million, the amount it raised the year before.

    Chief executive officer and president of MBS George Tanasijevich expressed his wish for MBS to make a bigger impact on society, particularly in education for youth.

    "We want to leverage the attractions and facilities that (MBS) has" to help the less fortunate as "we occupy a privileged position", Mr Tanasijevich said.