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President's Star Charity raises over $5 million

Singer Olivia Ong performs at the President Star's Charity Show. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Singer Olivia Ong performs at the President Star's Charity Show. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis performing at the President Star's Charity Show. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis performing at the President Star's Charity Show. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
(First row, from left) Hosts Soo Kui Jien, Adelyn Koh and Joanne Peh, President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing and MediaCorp chairman Teo Ming Kian. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
(First row, from left) Hosts Soo Kui Jien, Adelyn Koh and Joanne Peh, President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing and MediaCorp chairman Teo Ming Kian. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

With 1980s crooner Rick Astley on the bill along with stars of Channel 5 drama Mata Mata, last night's President's Star Charity show raised more than $5 million.

Local celebrities Joanne Peh and Soo Kui Jien hosted the 21/2-hour programme at the Caldecott Broadcast Centre.

They were accompanied by Adelyn Koh, from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped - the 12-year-old's third time co-hosting the show.

The $5,092,720 total, which came from corporate and public donations, was down from last year's $6.23 million.

The annual fund-raiser featured performances by Mata Mata stars such as George Young and Paul Foster, who danced along with a Malay Cultural Dance Group from Nanyang Polytechnic. There were also appearances by the winner and finalists of talent show The Final 1 and football moves from the squad of reality show First XI.

English star Astley, 47, had the audience clapping along to his hits Together Forever and Never Gonna Give You Up.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam said: "I hope that Singaporeans will continue to contribute generously to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate."

Among this year's 55 beneficiaries are the St John's Home for Elderly Persons and Singapore Red Cross Society.

The public can call 1900- 112-8821 to pledge a $5 donation, 1900-112-8822 to give $20 and 1900-112-8823 to give $100 or donate at www.sggives.org/psc2013

The phone lines and website will be open until midnight on Saturday.

brynasim@sph.com.sg