Youth concert raises more than $200k for needy students

SINGAPORE - More than 350 people attended the North West Youth Concert on Thursday, helping to raise over $200,000.

They were treated to eight performances by 150 youngsters, including an Indian dance routine by Woodlands Secondary School students, a martial arts display by SEA Games Wushu medallists and a cappella songs by polytechnic students.

The money raised will go to the North West Student Support Fund which started in 2011 and serves about 3,000 needy students a year through various schemes. These help to to pay for things like school expenses, nutritious food and enrichment courses.

The money was raised through the sale of 36 concert dinner tables to 38 companies and nine individuals - the highest number of donors in the five years the concert has been running.

District Mayor Teo Ho Pin said: "I'm heartened to see the highest number of donors coming on board . This is indeed encouraging and I hope that such giving back spirit will flourish within the North West District."

Over the past four years, the North West Community Development Council has raised about $2.2 million for the fund, benefitting more than 12,000 needy students.