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David Beckham in Singapore for charity event

David Beckham made an appearance on Saturday in an all-exclusive media tent outside the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza for a charity event.

SINGAPORE: David Beckham made an appearance on Saturday in an all-exclusive media tent outside the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza.

The former Manchester United star was in town for a football clinic with beneficiaries from SportsCare Singapore, Special Olympics, Deaf Sports Association (Singapore) and Bedok Youth Society for the Disabled.

They included underprivileged youth, youth-at-risk and people with different disabilities, ranging from cerebral palsy, intellectual disability and hearing impairment.

Beckham's visit was also for the lead-up to Sands for Singapore Festival, an event in which funds are raised for local charities.

His contribution to the event was an autographed pair of football boots.

"One of the things I'm very passionate about is charity," said the 39-year-old father of four. "It gives me a lot of happiness."

Beckham also added that his boots were more than just footwear, saying they held a lot of sentimental value. 

"My football boots have always been very special to me. They have been personalised since I've had children. I've always had their names on the boots, so I obviously had to retire or I'll run out of space on my boots."

President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands George Tanasijevich was appreciative of Beckham's gesture.

"We are honoured to have the support of David Beckham for our annual Sands for Singapore festival once again," he said. "We appreciate that he remains so involved, as he continues to participate in our ongoing initiatives for the young athletes and charities."

All proceeds from the auction will go to the Marina Bay Sands' charity partners.  

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