President’s Star Charity 2015 to shine a light on the heroes among us

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President’s Star Charity 2015 to shine a light on the heroes among us

Singapore, 23 September 2015 – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Instead of the superlative costumed versions from the pages of comic books, the ones that truly make a difference in our lives would most likely come from our humble neighbourhoods. President’s Star Charity 2015 (PSC2015) will shine a light on the heroes amongst us on the show on Sunday 18 October 2015 from 7.30pm-9.30pm, LIVE on Channel 5.

With a theme of ‘Be their hero, change the world’, this year’s show will bring out stories of beneficiaries, the charities and those who wholeheartedly contribute their time and energy in their own special way and make Singapore a better place for all, and at the same time, appeal to everyone to do their part in helping the less fortunate.

This year’s 2-hour show feature a star-studded performers line-up hosted by stage and TV actor Chua Enlai and Class 95FM deejay Jean Danker. Be mesmerised by international jazz singer Laura Fygi’s sultry pipes and enthralled by the acrobatic performance by world-renowned Cirque Du Soleil travelling act Totem.

Closer to home, regional and local celebrities will also chip in to garner donations for the 86 beneficiaries under the President’s Challenge 2015. Stars include Malaysia ‘Queen of Jazz’ Sheila Majid, Aisyah Aziz, our own local Jack & Rai, ShiGGa Shay, Lorong Boys, Rahimah Rahim, iNCH Chua, Shabir and Benjamin Kheng from The Sam Willows. Full list of the 86 beneficiaries under the President’s Challenge 2015 can be found at Annex 1.

Besides star power, PSC2015, like previous instalments, will have performance items with the help from the community, schools and interest groups that help the less fortunate in our midst. They include Redeafination, a hip-hop dance group with a mix of deaf and hearing dancers; choir from the Pathlight School-the first autism-focused school, and Lighthouse School, a Special School catering to children with visual and hearing impairment.

Besides beautiful song items that touch the heart, PSC2015 will also feature eye-popping segments that will make the viewers’ hearts race. Speed painter Vilas Nayak from the ‘India’s Got Talent’ Season 3 fame will attempt to finish a painting within three minutes, while Najip Ali and Bryan Wong will each lead a group of Dikir Barat performers in a face-off with a non-traditional routine. Full list of the performing items can be found in Annex 2.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam says, “This year, as Singapore celebrates 50 years of nation-building, we also celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the President’s Challenge. Singapore’s success is built on the foundations of a cohesive and caring society. The President’s Challenge provides a platform for every Singaporean, young or old, to contribute to the community in various ways.  The President’s Star Charity has been an annual highlight of the President’s Challenge and I hope that Singaporeans will continue to give generously to improve the lives of the less fortunate among us. Together, we can make Singapore a better place for all.”

Mr Chang Long Jong, Deputy CEO, MediaCorp, says, “2015 has been an eventful year for MediaCorp so far as we brought 'live' key moments of SG50 jubilee celebrations to the homes of Singaporeans. From the SEA Games excitement and the colourful National Day Parade, to the recent action-packed General Election hustings. Once again, we are very happy to bring this year's major fund-raising event to our viewers on TV or Toggle, so that they too, can aspire to be someone's hero and donate generously to the less fortunate amongst us. President's Star Charity is MediaCorp's contribution to the President's Challenge and we are proud to produce and telecast the PSC show for the past 20 years and into the future."

Catch the President’s Star Charity 2015 ‘Live’ on Sunday, 18 October 2015, on Channel 5, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The encore telecast will be on Channel 5 on Saturday, 24 October from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. 

Viewers can pledge donations of $5, $20 and $100 from 23 September 2015 3pm to 24 October 2015 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.

In addition to donating via telepoll lines, viewers can also donate online at www.sggives.org/psc2015 or via Dash app, a mobile money service by Singtel and Standard Chartered (Enter code ‘7778’ from 2 October onwards), to make a donation of any amount. All proceeds from the show will go to the 86 charities supported by the President’s Challenge 2015. More details on President’s Challenge can be found at www.pc.org.sg.

Issued by Brand and Communications and Channel 5, MediaCorp

For more information, please contact:

Shirline Siew
Assistant Manager, Channel Branding and Promotion
Channel 5, MediaCorp
Tel:      (65) 6350 3749
E-mail:  ShirlineSiew@mediacorp.com.sg

Winston Chong
Senior Manager, Brand and Communications
MediaCorp
Tel:      (65) 6350 3351
Email: winstonchong@mediacorp.com.sg

About President’s Star Charity

MediaCorp produced the first President’s Star Charity (PSC) Show in 1994, based on an idea by the late former President Ong Teng Cheong to promote the artistic talent of the young and the professionals, and to contribute to charity at the same time.  In 2000, the PSC was consolidated as part of the President’s Challenge, an annual series of events by various organizations to raise funds for charities chosen by the President. PSC is MediaCorp’s contribution to the President’s Challenge and is, by far, the most visible and effective fund-raiser.

About MediaCorp Channel 5

Channel 5 is Singapore’s No. 1 English TV station under the MediaCorp group. 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, Incredible Tales, Red Thread, Fighting Spiders, The Noose and The Pupil.

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 2011, it launched the popular game show, Million Dollar Money Drop.

Channel 5 features popular reality shows like Survivor, The Amazing Race, American Idol and Undercover Boss, some of which are telecast the same day as the country of origin. Many of its international shows – Hawaii Five O, Primeval, CSI, The Pacific and Glee are Emmy and Golden Globe Award winners.

Channel 5 also telecasts acclaimed international annual events like Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Miss Universe.

In addition, Channel 5 is the station for prestigious sports events. Examples are the SEA Games, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Singapore 2010 Youth 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. It is also the Terrestrial Channel of the Year 2010 as recognized by the Asian Television Awards.

MediaCorp has the widest range of media platforms in Singapore spanning digital, television, radio, print and out-of-home media. Its mission is to engage, entertain and enrich audiences by harnessing the power of creativity. MediaCorp pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, with the radio broadcast in 1936 and television broadcast in 1963. Today, the company has over 50 products and brands in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), reaching out to virtually all adults in Singapore weekly. MediaCorp was named Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year for the eleventh time at the Asian Television Awards in 2014.

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Annex 1

 President's Challenge - List of beneficiaries for 2015

Cross Sectors

S/N

Name of Parent VWO

1

Community Chest

2

Ain Society

3

Fei Yue Community Services

4

Muslim Missionary Society, Singapore, The (Jamiyah)

5

Shan You Counselling Centre

6

Shared Services for Charities Ltd

7

The Community Justice Centre Limited

8

The Law Society of Singapore Pro Bono, Learning and Support Services

9

TOUCH Community Services Limited

Children, Youth & Family Services

10

aLife Ltd

11

Association of Muslim Professionals

12

Association of Women for Action and Research

13

Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support Limited

14

Beyond Social Services

15

Boys' Town, Singapore

16

Care Corner - Teck Ghee Youth Centre

17

Centre for Fathering Limited 

18

Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association

19

EMCC

20

En Community Services Society

21

FaithActs

22

Highpoint Community Services Association

23

Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics  

24

Lakeside Family Services

25

Life Community Services Society

26

Lutheran Community Care Services Limited

27

MCYC Community Services Society

28

Morning Star Community Services

29

New Life Community Services

30

One Hope Centre

31

Persatuan Pemudi Islam Singapura (PPIS)

32

REACH Community Services Society

33

SCWO Service Fund

34

Students Care Service

35

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund

36

Viriya Community Services

37

Xin Yuan Community Care

Disability Services

38

Bizlink Centre Singapore Ltd

39

Care Corner Family Service Centre (Woodlands)

40

Caring Fleet Services Limited

41

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore

42

Down Syndrome Association (Singapore)

43

Guide Dogs Association of the Blind Ltd

44

Handicaps Welfare Association

45

IC2 Prephouse Limited

46

Kampung Senang Charity and Education Foundation

47

Metta Welfare Association

48

Presbyterian Community Services

49

Rainbow Centre, Singapore

50

Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore

51

Singapore Association for the Deaf, The

52

Very Special Arts Singapore Ltd

Eldercare Services

53

Alzheimer's Disease Association

54

Filos Community Services Ltd

55

Heartware Network

56

O'Joy Care Services

57

RSVP Singapore The Organisation of Senior Volunteers

58

Singapore Anglican Community Services

59

Society of Sheng Hong Welfare Services

Mental Health

60

Caregiving Welfare Association

61

WE CARE Community Services Limited

Rehabilitation - Halfway Houses / Ex-Offenders

62

Pertapis Halfway House

63

Singapore After Care Association

64

Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association

65

Teen Challenge (Singapore)

66

HEB-Ashram Halfway House

67

Breakthrough Missions

68

Green Haven

69

Turning Point

Healthcare

70

SWAMI Home

71

Diabetic Society of Singapore

72

St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital

73

Epilepsy Care Group

74

Lions Home for the Elders

75

All Saints Home

76

Singapore Buddhist Free Clinic

77

Apex Harmony Lodge

78

Sian Chay Medical Institution

79

Singapore Christian Home

80

Muhammadiyah Health and Day Care Centre

Disability Sports

81

Equestrian Federation of Singapore

82

Singapore National Paralympic Council

83

Special Olympics Singapore

84

SportCares Foundation

Nominated by MOE

85

Girl Guides Singapore

86

Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Annex 2

List of performances for 2015

Publicity shots of performers will be provided upon request

 No.

Artistes

Item

1

Nat Ho

Eden Ang

ShiGGa Shay

Rahimah Rahim

Redeafination

Opening song and dance

This item will be accompanied by independent hip hop dance group for the Deaf – Redeafination which is made up of a mix of Deaf and Hearing dancers.

2

Wang Hao Jia

Vilas Nayak

Speed painting

Speed painter Vilas Nayak will attempt to finish a painting within three minutes while Wang Hao Jia performs on the piano. Vilas was a finalist of reality show ‘India’s Got Talent’ Season 3 and also the winner of 'Best Innovative Act in India’ Award.

The 15-year-old pianist Wang Hao Jia is the winner of Young Talents Project 2015 who took home the grand prize for his rousing piano performance of Granados' Allegro de Concerto Opus 46.

3

Lorong Boys

Pathlight School Choir

Benjamin Kheng

iNCH Chua

Pathlight School Choir Ft Benjamin Kheng, Inch Chua & Lorong Boys

Pathlight School Choir is made up of 16 children from Pathlight School, the first autism-focused school in Singapore that offers Singapore’s mainstream academic curriculum together with life readiness skills.

4

Joakim Gomez

Fauzie Laily

Shane Pow

Darryl Yong

Paige Chua

Simone Heng

Kimberly Wang

Sonia Chew

Jack & Rai

Aisyah Aziz

Lighthouse School

Cajon Drummers Ft Jack & Rai and Aisyah Aziz

This item will see an ensemble of cajon drummers featuring MediaCorp artistes, and featuring players with disabilities from Lighthouse School.

Aisyah Aziz is one of the six finalists of Akademi Fantasia 2013, a prestigious singing competition in Malaysia by Astro.

5

Najip Ali

Bryan Wong

Dikir Barat

Najip Ali and Bryan Wong will each lead a group of Dikir Barat performers, but they will not be giving the usual traditional performance.

6

Shabir

Vaseegaran

Vellai Pookal (White Flowers)

Singer-songwriter and record producer Shabir will be performing the popular Tamil song Vellai Pookai in a duet with Vaseegaran, who is visually-handicapped, together with his band and choir.

The song is made popular by A. R. Rahman and was featured in the movie Kannathil Muthamittal. The anti-war song of hope and peace is portrayed metaphorically through the blooming of white flowers.

7

Totem

by Cirque Du Soleil

Totem

Totem is a touring show by Cirque du Soleil that premiered in Montréal in 2010 and will perform in Singapore from 29 Oct- 6 Dec 2015.

Totem traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The cast features 46 circus artists, actors, musicians and singers from 17 countries performing an impressive collection of jaw-dropping acrobatic acts. Somewhere between science and legend, TOTEM is an uplifting array of athleticism, soul-touching theatrics, lavish costume designs and cutting edge digital effects.

8

Laura Fygi

Performance by Laura Fygi

Jazz diva Laura Fygi will be celebrating her 25th anniversary as a solo artist in 2015 this year. She has an illustrious international career and released 13 albums to date.

9

Sheila Majid

Benjamin Kheng

Cedar Girls’ Choir

Sheila Majid medley

Dubbed as the ‘Queen of Jazz’ in Malaysia, Sheila Majid will perform with a 50-strong choir from Cedar Girls’ School and Benjamin Kheng from The Sam Willows.