Young performers give their all to raise funds for needy kids

More than 140 performers aged five to 19 sang, danced and played instruments to music through the decades at Resorts World Theatre. All proceeds from the charity concert go towards helping underprivileged children.
Far left: President Halimah Yacob witnessing the cheque presentation for UOB's donation of $1 million last night with UOB's Mr Choo Kee Siong (left), who is managing director and head of enterprise banking and commercial banking, and Mr Warren Fernan
A group of young performers aged between eight and 15 performing The Hustle from the 1970s. A total of 143 performers danced and sang their hearts out to help young people in need at last night's ChildAid show.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Far left: President Halimah Yacob witnessing the cheque presentation for UOB's donation of $1 million last night with UOB's Mr Choo Kee Siong (left), who is managing director and head of enterprise banking and commercial banking, and Mr Warren Fernan
President Halimah Yacob witnessing the cheque presentation for UOB's donation of $1 million last night with UOB's Mr Choo Kee Siong (left), who is managing director and head of enterprise banking and commercial banking, and Mr Warren Fernandez, editor-in-chief of SPH's English/Malay/Tamil Media Group.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Far left: President Halimah Yacob witnessing the cheque presentation for UOB's donation of $1 million last night with UOB's Mr Choo Kee Siong (left), who is managing director and head of enterprise banking and commercial banking, and Mr Warren Fernan
President Halimah at the cheque presentation for Citi Singapore's donation of $730,337 with Mr Paul McCarroll, head of Citi Technology Infrastructure and chief information officer for Citi Asia Pacific, and Mr Fernandez, who is also editor of The Straits Times.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Far left: President Halimah Yacob witnessing the cheque presentation for UOB's donation of $1 million last night with UOB's Mr Choo Kee Siong (left), who is managing director and head of enterprise banking and commercial banking, and Mr Warren Fernan
Bastien Buwalda, 14, performing the 1980s hit Wake Me Up Before You Go Go with a group of girls.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Far left: President Halimah Yacob witnessing the cheque presentation for UOB's donation of $1 million last night with UOB's Mr Choo Kee Siong (left), who is managing director and head of enterprise banking and commercial banking, and Mr Warren Fernan
A group of young female gymnasts performing to pop star Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

ChildAid concert brings in more than $2 million for ST School Pocket Money Fund and BT Budding Artists Fund

More than $2 million has been raised this year for two funds to help children. This brings the total amount raised over the years for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund to more than $18 million.

At the ChildAid charity concert last night, 143 performers aged five to 19 danced and sang their hearts out to help young people in need.

The annual event, which started in 2005, is organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times.

It raises money for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which provides financial aid to socially disadvantaged schoolgoing children to pay for their meals and transport fees, and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, which pays for lessons in the performing arts for financially disadvantaged children.

The performers' efforts helped to raise $2,057,237 this year.

For the first time, President Halimah Yacob attended the concert as a guest. She witnessed the presentation of cheques from key donors such as Citi Singapore and United Overseas Bank (UOB), which donated $730,337 and $1 million, respectively.

The three platinum sponsors were Porsche Asia Pacific and Stuttgart Auto, the Tote Board, and Suntory Beverage & Food Asia, which each donated $100,000 and above.

Mr Warren Fernandez, editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings' English/Malay/Tamil Media Group and editor of The Straits Times, said: "Children performing in support of their peers who are less fortunate than them is what ChildAid is all about. It benefits both those performing and also the recipients, who could do with the help. Thankfully, our donors see the value in this, and we are most grateful for their strong support over the years."

Mr Wee Ee Cheong, deputy chairman and chief executive officer of UOB, said: "Every child has the potential to achieve great things given the chance. Our long-term support for ChildAid gives children from less privileged backgrounds opportunities to broaden their horizons through education and to open their minds through art."

Home-grown singer-songwriter and Cultural Medallion recipient Dick Lee helmed the concert as creative director for the second year. His company Dick Lee Asia produced the show.

The show was held on Sunday and last night at the Resorts World Theatre in Resorts World Sentosa.

Republic Polytechnic student Vera Tham, 18, who sang and danced in a segment, said: "It is the first time I am taking part in this concert, and it feels good that I can use my talent to help raise funds for a cause," she said. "I also made new friends and learnt to set aside differences so that we can perform together for charity rather than compete against each other."



ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

ChildAid 2018 raises more than $2 million

Young performers sang and danced to hits from the 1960s to the present at the ChildAid 2018 concert gala night yesterday at the Resorts World Theatre in Resorts World Sentosa, with President Halimah Yacob and other guests watching. The concert - the 14th edition - raised $2,057,237 for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. The concert, organised by the two newspapers, has raised more than $18 million over the years.

At the concert themed Jumpin' Jukebox Jive, the performers sang pop hits including Fun Fun Fun by The Beach Boys from the 1960s, Abba's Dancing Queen from the 1970s, and a mashup of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance and Poker Face from the 2000s.

This year, main sponsors Citi Singapore and United Overseas Bank donated $730,337 and $1 million, respectively. Porsche Asia Pacific and Stuttgart Auto, Tote Board and Suntory Beverage & Food Asia each donated $100,000 and above.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 27, 2018, with the headline 'Young performers give their all to raise funds for needy kids'. Print Edition | Subscribe