President’s Star Charity 2014 gives beneficiaries a chance to shine

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President’s Star Charity 2014 gives beneficiaries a chance to shine

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” - Helen Keller

Singapore, 15 October 2014 – Taking a cue from Helen Keller, the President’s Star Charity 2014 (PSC 2014) is a joint collaboration between the beneficiaries of the President’s Challenge 2014 and an all-star cast featuring MediaCorp personalities and the best of local and regional acts. For the first time, members of beneficiary organisations will join MediaCorp and guest performers in almost half the segments of the show, giving these beneficiaries a chance to shine and step up to help others in need.

Aptly themed, “Reach out, Touch Lives”, PSC 2014 appeals to everyone to come forward to play a part in helping the less fortunate.  Through the stage collaborations, the public will appreciate how these beneficiaries cope with their physical disabilities but are enabled by the abilities they have from within.

Hosted by MediaCorp artistes Gurmit Singh and Joanne Peh, the two-and-a-half hour entertainment extravaganza opens with Ruan Xian Chamber Ensemble, a local Chinese orchestra and the ‘Kolintang’ performance troupe from Ain Society, a voluntary welfare organisation. These talented youths, who have mastered the traditional Javanese music instrument ‘Kolintang’, will collaborate with the 30-strong Ruan Xian Chinese Orchestra ensemble to perform a special rendition of American pop-singer Katy Perry’s hit single ‘Roar’.

Headlining this year’s PSC 2014 is Yuna, Malaysia’s biggest English talent export, signed to international jazz record label Verve, will perform her rendition of ‘Escape’ and ‘Rescue’. Having toured and performed at renowned international music festivals and American Idol, a reality singing competition, she has also appeared on talk shows with Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, and Carson Daly.

Also, for the first time, the winners of MediaCorp Symphony 92.4FM’s Young Talents Project 2014, Kaelyn Soh, Dan Yuet Ian and Jessi Meng, will together perform a classical rendition of the critically acclaimed hit song ‘Let It Go’ from the 2013 Disney animated feature film, “Frozen”.

Catch our home-grown talent, Yan Neil Chan, a finger-styled guitarist who will be performing the 1972 soul classic, ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers. Having performed at the renowned Mosaic Music Festival and has his own YouTube channel, Yan will perform with Robert Tan, a visually impaired musician from the local charity, Very Special Arts Singapore to bring new meaning to caring and support in this song.

Having recently performed at the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 2014 and the Georgetown Festival in Penang, Singapore’s own local indie band, The Sam Willows, will be playing their original song ‘For Love’ together with Sophie Soon, a visually impaired violinist from the iC2 Prephouse, a training facility for children with low vision.

MediaCorp celebrities feature prominently in the “Battle of the Sexes” segment. The first round focuses on vocal prowess -- the women (Tabitha Nauser, Gayle Nerva, Vanessa Fernandez and Pavitra) will pit their vocal cords against the men (Shaun Jansen, Shabir, Sufie Rashid and Tay Ping Hui) in The Barbershop Quartet.

The second round will have our MediaCorp artistes compete in a Dance-off!  Watch artistes Gurmit Singh, Joakim Gomez, Ian Fang, James Seah and Jeremy Chan get their groove on as they square off with Julie Tan, Jayley Woo, Seraph Sun, Bharathi Rani and Bonnie Loo.

To cap off the celebrity all-star competition segment, deejays Rosalyn Lee, Sonia Chew and artiste Nadiah M. Din will tussle with Pierre Png, Chua Enlai and Suhaimi Yusof to see who can best impersonate iconic performers in this laughter-filled Lip Synch challenge!

For the finale, PSC 2014 presents zen Japanese dancer, Miyoko Shida Rigolo.  Miyoko has performed to international acclaim in front of live audiences as well as millions of television viewers in Europe.   This is the first time Miyoko is performing in Singapore.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam says, “The President’s Star Charity show receives generous support from Singaporeans every year.  The funds raised from this year’s Star Charity Show will go to 64 selected beneficiaries.  President’s Challenge 2014 will also fund pilot programmes to address service gaps and experiment with new services for selected groups.  This year’s fundraising effort is particularly important because the Government will match a dollar for every dollar donated under the Care and Share scheme.  The matching funds can be used by the voluntary welfare organisations to expand their capacity and capability to better serve our community. I hope that Singaporeans will continue to give generously towards the President’s Challenge and work together to make Singapore a more caring and compassionate society.”

Mr Chang Long Jong, Deputy CEO, MediaCorp, says, “The President’s Star Charity (PSC) is arguably the most visible fund-raising event in the President’s Challenge calendar of activities.  For the past 20 years, MediaCorp has been proud to produce and telecast the PSC show each year to raise greater awareness of those in our society who need help, and give viewers the opportunity to reach out and donate generously to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Catch the President’s Star Charity 2014 ‘Live’ on Sunday, 2 November 2014, on Channel 5, 7:30pm to 10:00pm. The encore telecast will be on Channel 5 on Sunday, 9 November from 4.30pm to 7.00pm. 

Viewers can pledge donations of $5, $20 and $100 from 15 October 2014, 3.30pm to 9 November 2014 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 telepoll donations, this year, viewers get a chance to donate online at sggives.org/psc2014. All proceeds from the show will go to the 64 charities supported by the President’s Challenge 2014. 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:

Kue Kim Siew

Senior Channel Branding and Promotion Manager

Channel 5, MediaCorp

Tel:       (65) 6350 7001

Fax:      (65) 6255 6861

E-mail:  kimsiew@mediacorp.com.sg

Yeong Lai Lai

Senior Manager

Brand and Communications, MediaCorp

Tel:       (65) 6350 3945

Fax:      (65) 6251 5628

E-mail: yeonglailai@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 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), reaching out to all adults in Singapore every week. Winner of numerous international awards and accolades including Asian Television Awards’ Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year, MediaCorp’s mission is to engage, entertain and enrich audiences by harnessing the power of creativity.

For more information, please visit http://sites.xinmsnent.mediacorp.sg/en/tv/channel-5.