President's Star Charity 2011 with moving stories to share

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President's Star Charity 2011 with moving stories to share

Singapore, 6 July 2011 - Everyone has a story to share. They could be stories on trials and tribulations, or about hope or overcoming adversity. Touching stories about the human spirit will be the backbone of the President's Star Charity 2011(PSC), a key highlight of this year's President's Challenge.

The PSC 2011 will be shown 'LIVE' on Sunday 31 July on Channel 5. It will be hosted by Soo Kui Jien, Gurmit Singh and Glenda Chong, with one of last year's performers, 10-year-old Adelyn Koh from the Singapore Association of the Visually-Handicapped, assuming the role of a co-host. 

The 2 1/2hour entertainment extravaganza will feature two international acts who will be performing in Singapore for the first time - the Italian teenage tenor trio II Volo and Chris Medina of American Idol fame. The dynamic and diverse stellar cast also include teenage singing sensation Julia Abueva, guitar prodigy Kevin Loh, Indian classical music aficionado family Flame of the Forest, Singapore Idol alumni Sylvia Ratonel, Hady Mirza and Taufik Batisah, joined by multi-talented local celebrities like Kym Ng, Belinda Lee, Alaric Tay, Hossan Leong and Sheikh Haikel. There will also be a special performance by a visually-handicapped beneficiary Mohd Zahier who will be playing the guitar alongside Singapore Idol winner Sezairi Sezali and his band Juxtapose. As this will be the last PSC for President S R Nathan, there will be a special video tribute featuring the President who will talk about his involvement with PSC over the years.

President S R Nathan says, "I am proud that fellow Singaporeans have shown their support for the President's Challenge through the annual highlight event - the President's Star Charity. Year after year, people from all strata of our society who care for the less fortunate have donated generously. I would like to appeal to all Singaporeans to continue their support for the President's Challenge. Every dollar that they donate will go a long way towards improving the lives of its beneficiaries and bring immeasurable benefits and hope to those in need."

Mr Chang Long Jong, Deputy CEO, Television, MediaCorp, says "It is an honour to be part of the President's Challenge and for MediaCorp to be producing the President's Star Charity show for the 18th consecutive year. We are very proud to be involved with PSC not just to help to raise funds, but also to educate the public and raise awareness of these charitable beneficiaries under the President's Challenge, giving viewers the opportunity to learn about their causes through television and even encourage volunteerism."

So listen to the stories of the less fortunate and catch the President's Star Charity "LIVE" on Sunday 31 July 2011, on Channel 5 and HD5, 7:30pm to 10:00pm. The encore telecast will be on Channel 5 and HD5 on Sunday, 7 August from 5pm to 7.30pm. 

Viewers can pledge donations of $ 5, $ 20 and $ 100 from 6 July 2011 6pm to 7 August 2011 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 28 charities supported by the President's Challenge 2011. See Annex 1 for beneficiaries list. More details on President's Challenge can be found at

Issued by Channel 5, MediaCorp

For more information, please contact:

Tina Chugani
Senior Manager
Network Branding & Promotions
Channel 5, MediaCorp
Tel: (65) 6350 3368
Fax: (65) 62556861

Winston Chong
Corporate Communications, MediaCorp 
Tel: (65) 6350 3351
Fax: (65) 6251 5628 

About MediaCorp Channel 5
Channel 5, one of the channels under MediaCorp , is Singapore's No. 1 English TV station. It is a 24-hour general entertainment and sports channel with a mix of local and international mass-appeal programmes. 

Channel 5 has a heritage of creating highly-rated and award-winning local productions featuring Asian faces and themes, such as Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd, Living with Lydia, True Files, Missing, Incredible Tales and Parental Guidance.

The channel is also among the first in Asia to produce formatted versions of top-rated international game shows, like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, The Weakest Link and Singapore's Brainiest. In 2004, it launched the highly successful Singapore Idol to record-high ratings and in 2007, it launched the popular gameshow, Deal or No Deal.

Channel 5 has been quick off the mark in featuring hugely popular reality shows like The Apprentice, Survivor, Amazing Race and American Idol. Many of its international shows - Lost, Desperate Housewives, Las Vegas, CSI, Gilmore Girls, and Nip/Tuck are Emmy and Golden Globe Award winners.

In addition, Channel 5 is the station for prestigious sports events. Examples are the SEA Games, Summer Olympics, UEFA Euro 2004, US Augusta Masters, and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and Formula 1 races.

Channel 5 aspires to be a respected and recognised brand in Singapore as well as in the region. It has received numerous accolades, including Asian Television Awards, New York Festival Awards and Promax International Gold Awards.

Channel 5 is a MediaCorp channel. MediaCorp is Singapore's leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies, digital and out-of-home media. MediaCorp has over 50 products and brands in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), including online classifieds, Internet TV-on-demand and High Definition TV broadcast. Winner of numerous international awards and accolades including Asian Television Awards' Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year, MediaCorp's vision is to become Asia's top media company, delivering valued content to the world.

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Annex 1
Beneficiaries of President's Challenge 2011

1. Association for Persons with Special Needs 
2. Autism Association (Singapore) 
3. Beyond Social Services 
4. Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled 
5. Child At Street 11 Ltd 
6. Christian Care Services 
7. Community Chest
8. Eagles Mediation & Counselling Centre (EMCC) 
9. Filos Community Services Ltd 
10. Hindu Endowments Board - Community Welfare Fund 
11. Life Community Services Society 
12. Metta Welfare Association 
13. Moral Seniors Activity Centre (Toa Payoh) 
14. Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore 
15. NTUC Eldercare Co-operative Ltd
16. RSVP Singapore, The Organisation of Senior Volunteers 
17. Shan You Counselling Centre 
18. Singapore Aftercare Services 
19. Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped 
20. Singapore Children's Society 
21. Singapore Disability Sports Council 
22. Singapore Heart Foundation 
23. Society for the Physically Disabled 
24. St Andrew's Mission Hospital (St Andrew's Autism School) 
25. Teen Challenge 
26. Viriya Community Services 
27. WE CARE Community Services Limited 
28. Woodlands Social Centre 

Annex 2
List of performances

1 When You Believe
Julia Abueva, Kids Performing GLEE Choir

2 Fuomo
Kevin Loh

3 Sweet Child O Mine
Sezairi Sezali, Mohd Zahier, Juxtapose

4 Indian medley
Flame of the Forest

5 Girls Rock
Sylvia Ratonel, Tabitha Nauser, EVE

6 4 Chord Medley 
Gurmit Singh, Hossan Leong, Sheikh Haikel, Daren Tan

7 Rose Rose I Love You & Ding Dong
Xiang Yun
Huang Wenyong
Patricia Mok
Zhang Yaodong
Adeline Lim
Adam Chen
Sora Ma
Pierre Png
Belinda Lee
Alaric Tay
Stephanie Carrington
Paul Foster
Kym Ng

8 Praying For Time - Taufik Batisah
The Reason - Hady Mirza
Man In the Mirror - Taufik & Hady

9 What Are Words
Chris Medina

10 O Sole Mio, Smile
II Volo