ChildAid opens with a bang

All performers come together for the finale of ChildAid's opening show. The annual charity event raises funds to help needy kids. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Below: Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) chairman Lee Boon Yang (centre) presenting a cheque for the money raised to two ChildAid performers - Sri Dhea Dhanira Mohd Riszuan, 10, and Nur Adrianz Kamaruddin, nine - in the presence of the guest of honour, President Tony Tan Keng Yam, and his wife Mary. Beside them are (front row from left) Ms Lisa Williamson, vice-president of communications at Marina Bay Sands; Mr Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of SPH's English/ Malay/Tamil Media Group; and Acting Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

The 11th edition of ChildAid, one of Singapore's biggest charity concerts, opened with a bang last night at the Grand Theatre at the Marina Bay Sands (MBS).

Dance crew Sugar Rush from the Little Arts Academy performed a slick number choreographed to ChildAid's original theme song, A World To Imagine, composed in 2006 by the late Iskandar Ismail.

The seven boys and five girls of Sugar Rush, all beneficiaries of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, are champions of Danceworks 2015, an annual contest held by the Central Narcotics Bureau.

ChildAid was started in 2005 by The Straits Times and The Business Times (BT).

It raises funds for The ST School Pocket Money Fund and The BT Budding Artists Fund, both of which help disadvantaged children. MBS is the event's official venue partner.

This year's show, which had its music direction helmed by Cultural Medallion recipient and jazz maestro Jeremy Monteiro, was a polished and intimate presentation of diverse dance and music acts.

More than 19 acts featured 123 performers aged seven to 19 years old.

These included an instrumental rendition of the main theme from the Game of Thrones drama series, as well as a performance of One Summer's Day, the well-loved theme song of Japanese animated movie Spirited Away.

Ten-year-old Isaiah Hui also performed his own lilting composition, titled Joy of Music.

The event was graced by guest

of honour President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his family, as well as Acting Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng and his wife.

Isaiah, who is performing at Child-Aid for the second time this year, hopes his participation would enable the Budding Artists Fund, which helps young people afford lessons in the arts, reach out to more beneficiaries.

"Sometimes, I feel angry but music helps me to relax. Working alongside talented musicians also taught me to be humble," he added.

Yuen Sin

• ChildAid 2015 will be staged at Marina Bay Sands' Grand Theatre tonight at 7.30pm. Tickets from $18 to $38 are on sale at, or call 6688-8826

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2015, with the headline ChildAid opens with a bang. Subscribe