Drumming up support for 86 charities

Cajon drummers entertaining the audience at the President's Star Charity show at Caldecott Broadcast Centre last night. The two-hour TV extravaganza raised $6 million for the less fortunate.
Cajon drummers entertaining the audience at the President's Star Charity show at Caldecott Broadcast Centre last night. The two-hour TV extravaganza raised $6 million for the less fortunate. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Actors, artists and musicians joined the disabled last night to raise $6 million for the less fortunate at the President's Star Charity show.

"Speed painter" Vilas Nayak finished a portrait of two beneficiaries within three minutes while an ensemble of cajon drummers also entertained the audience at Caldecott Broadcast Centre during a two-hour TV extravaganza.

Proceeds will go to 86 charities supported by the President's Challenge, such as the Community Chest and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

Hosted by actor Chua Enlai and radio deejay Jean Danker, the show also featured international jazz singer Laura Fygi. The crowd also enjoyed an acrobatic performance by world-renowned Cirque Du Soleil travelling act Totem.

The public can still pledge donations of $5, $20 and $100 by telephone till midnight on Oct 24.

To donate, call 1900-112-8821 ($5 donation), 1900-112-8822 ($20 donation) and 1900-112-8823 ($100 donation).

They can also donate online at www.sggives.org/psc2015.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2015, with the headline 'Drumming up support for 86 charities'. Print Edition | Subscribe