President answers call of charity

Clients of international financial firm ICAP dealt over the phone on Wednesday with a rather unusual broker.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam was one of a number of high-profile names helping the brokerage raise money for charity. Their job was to help staff make deals and speak to customers, such as international banks.

All revenues and commissions earned on Wednesday by the firm in Singapore will be donated to five charities. Among those also taking part was British High Commissioner Antony Phillipson.

Dr Tan spent about 20 minutes at three work stations speaking to customers. He helped put through three deals worth more than $5 billion in total.

Staff came to work in fancy-dress outfits for for Wednesday’s fund-raising event. It was part of the British firm’s 20th annual global charity day.

ICAP’s more than 60 offices worldwide gave away the day’s earnings to support 200 good causes in various countries.

The beneficiaries in Singapore this year are the President’s Challenge, Food From The Heart, the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations, Assisi Hospice and the Compassion Fund.

Source: The Straits Times