SINGAPORE – Young performers as young as six stole the show – and hearts – at children’s charity concert ChildAid on Thursday (Dec 9), raising a total of $2,008,711 by the end of the event.
The concert, in its 17th year, was held at the ballroom at Resorts World Sentosa.
Organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, the annual event raises funds for the ST School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF), which provides financial assistance to needy children from low-income families, as well as the BT Budding Artists Fund, which aids artistically talented youth from less privileged households.
Themed “Virtuoso”, the concert was a veritable showcase of the creme de la creme of young talent.
Guest of honour President Halimah Yacob and her husband, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, joined close to 500 people in the live audience at the fully-vaccinated event on Thursday evening.
SPH Media Trust chairman Khaw Boon Wan and chief executive Patrick Daniel were also among the audience.
The concert was live streamed on Facebook, YouTube as well as on the ST and BT websites.
STSPMF chairman Warren Fernandez, who is editor-in-chief of SPH Media’s English, Malay and Tamil Media Group and editor of ST, said: “ChildAid continues to be a showcase of young people’s talent and their compassion for others. Over the years, this has become an event that many people look forward to.”
Thirty-one performers aged six to 19 took to the stage this year, down from the usual cast size before the pandemic that could go up to 200.
Among the 13 acts was a solo ballet performance by Maxine Mok, 12, to the Princess Florine Variation from The Sleeping Beauty.
“Seeing people watch me perform and then donating to help other children who want to pursue arts like me is very meaningful,” she said, adding that she was excited to perform for the first time at ChildAid.
Pianist Jessie Meng, 14, said that she was happy to return to the ChildAid stage again after she first performed eight years ago in 2013 at the age of six.
She said the last time she performed in front of a live audience as big as this was before the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We don’t really get to do this nowadays, given the current situation, so I really appreciate this opportunity to do what makes me happy and make other people happy too,” she said.
Attending their first ChildAid concert were Mr Patwant Singh, his wife and two children.
“It’s quite significant because not many people got the chance to attend this year, but I got the opportunity to,” the polytechnic lecturer said.
“I think the performers really excelled, even at their young age. You can really see their talent. It was really well put-together.”
The main sponsors this year were United Overseas Bank and Mini Environment Service, while the platinum sponsors are Citibank and ToteBoard.
Resorts World Sentosa is the venue partner while the concert’s creative partner is Orangedot Productions, with Global Cultural Alliance as the executive producer.
The official radio stations are Money 89.3, OneFM91.3 and Kiss92. The multimedia partner is Noontalk, streaming partner is Meta and rehearsal venue partner is 10Square.
Donations to ChildAid can be made via str.sg/donateCA21 till Friday.