SINGAPORE - Actors, artists and musicians joined the disabled on Sunday night to raise $6.42 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.
The figure includes corporate donors, telepolls and online donations.
Last year's show raised $6.32 million.
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.
They can also donate online at www.sggives.org/psc2015.
There will be a repeat telecast of the show on Saturday, Oct 24, on Channel 5, from 5pm to 7pm.