President’s Star Charity 2010 spares a moment to care

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President’s Star Charity 2010 spares a moment to care

Singapore, 30 September 2010 – Come October 17, Sunday, a bevy of stars will light up the stage for the annual President’s Star Charity 2010 (PSC). Hosted by Soo Kui Jien and Michelle Chia, the President’s Star Charity 2010 will be a night of spectacular lights, music, dance and acrobatic display, in high definition glory for the first time. Taking on this year’s President’s Challenge theme of "Spare A Moment To Care", the 2 1/2 hour live show will feature a stellar cast including Hong Kong artiste Karen Mok, the Shaolin Monks of Samsara - The Shaolin Legacy fame, and MediaCorp artistes Gurmit Singh, Tay Ping Hui, Sezairi Sezali and Vasantham Star Viknesh among others (full list of performers in Annex 2).

Not to be missed is the gravity defying parkour performance by Ashton Movements, joined by Gurmit Singh, Daren Tan and Paul Foster, they will leap and scale heights rarely seen on “live” television. For acrobatics at its best Alexey Goloborodko of Resorts World Singapore’s Voyage de la Vie will literally bend over backwards for charity, while the Shaolin Monks put up a kung-fu item that’s guaranteed to give heart-stopping moments to its audiences.

Closer to home, the Top 8 contenders of Channel 5’s One Moment of Glory will take time out from competition to do their bid for charity, while percussion group Bloco Singapura, nine year-old drummer Zidann and beatboxer Charles “Stitch” Wong (of Singapore Idol 3 fame) engage in a three-way “rhythm and beat” sparring session. The show also features performances by two beneficiaries of the President’s Challenge – Adelyn Koh from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped and Christopher Sng from the Red Cross Home for the Disabled.

HE President S R Nathan says, “I have been heartened by Singaporeans’ selfless generosity towards the President’s Challenge. The President’s Star Charity is a good example. Every year without fail, everyone does their part – be it the producers, the performers, the viewers, all working together to create a better tomorrow for the beneficiaries of President’s Challenge. It is my hope that Singaporeans will continue to generously support this year’s President’s Star Charity, which is the annual highlight of the President’s Challenge.”

Mr Lucas Chow, MediaCorp CEO says: “This is the 17th consecutive year MediaCorp is producing the President’s Star Charity show. It is an honour to be part of the President’s Challenge and to be able to do our part to help the less fortunate in our society. Every year, we hear of stories of beneficiaries who have seemingly been given the bad end of the stick. But through their sheer tenacity and courage, their stories have been an inspiration to us all. I am very happy that through the PSC show, viewers at home can witness and bear testimony to these brave souls and courageous acts so please do your part and give to a very worthy cause.”

So spare a moment to care, catch the President’s Star Charity "LIVE" this 17 October 2010, Sunday on Channel 5 and HD5, 7:30pm to 10:00pm. The encore will be telecast on Channel 5 and HD5 on Sunday, 24 October 2010 from 3pm to 5.30pm. 

Viewers can pledge donations of $5, $20 and $100 from 30 September 2010 6pm to 24 October 2010 midnight by calling the following numbers:
1900-112-8821 For $5 donation
1900-112-8822 For $20 donation
1900-112-8823 For $100 donation

The telepoll service is sponsored by SingTel. All proceeds from the show will go to the 37 charities supported by the President’s Challenge 2010. See Annex 1 for beneficiaries list. More details on President’s Challenge can be found at

* The media are invited to view the parkour rehearsal starring Gurmit Singh, Daren Tan, Paul Foster and the Ashton Movements on 7 October 2010, Thursday, 7pm.

Issued by Channel 5, MediaCorp

For more information, please contact:

Byron Lim
Senior Marketing & Promotions Manager
Channel 5, MediaCorp
Tel: (65) 6350 3338
Fax: (65) 6255 6861

Gwendolyn Loh
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications, MediaCorp 
Tel: (65) 6350 3945
Fax: (65) 6251 5628 

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