The Little Things matter at President’s Star Charity 2013

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The Little Things matter at President's Star Charity 2013

Singapore, 2 October 2013 – Mother Teresa once said, "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."

Themed “It’s the little things”, the President's Star Charity (PSC) 2013 draws inspiration from Mother Teresa to encourage Singaporeans to get involved and do their part in helping the less fortunate. Whether it's time, in kind or donations, big or small, every contribution we make is like a drop in the ocean which adds up to mean everything to someone in need.

The PSC 2013 will be telecast ‘live’ on Channel 5 on Sunday, 20 October from 7.30pm to 10pm. This year, join hosts Soo Kui Jien, Joanne Peh, and Adelyn Koh who has been co-hosting the show for the third year, together with a bevy of local & international guest stars as they perform an array of dance, song and music items to raise funds and awareness for the 55 beneficiaries under the President’s Challenge 2013.

The two-and-a-half hour entertainment extravaganza in MediaCorp’s TV theatre will open with 14 of its members from Rave Harpers, who represented Singapore in the first Asian Harp Festival in Hong Kong in 2008. Together with local favourites such as Ong Yi Ting, the Piccolo player, Nikolai Song, flutist, both winners of Symphony 92.4FM’s Young Talents Projects 2012 and 2013, this group will mesmerise the audience with their classical performances.

MediaCorp artistes Kym Ng, Jayley Woo, Jerry Yeo and Channel 5’s drama, Mata Mata’s cast Daniella Sya, Nadiah M. Din, Daren Tan, Paul Foster, and George Young will take to the stage for their special performance item with Indra Nila Kirana – a Malay Cultural Dance Group from Nanyang Polytechnic. A dynamic singing sensation, Farisha Ishak, winner of the inaugural Channel 5’s reality singing competition, The Final-1, will perform a memorable song with The Final-1 finalists, Class 95FM deejay Mike Kasem, host of The Final-1 together with Vanessa Vanderstraaten, and 98.7FM deejay Rosalyn Lee.

Rick Astley, the evergreen English singer-songwriter, musician, and radio personality known for his 1987 hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up”, will headline this year’s President’s Star Charity show. Voted the “Best Act Ever” by Internet users at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2008, Rick will also be performing at MediaCorp Radio Class 95FM’s Retrolicious Reunion! 2013 on 19 October.

A young accordionist, Martynas Levickis from Lithuania who started music studies at 8 years old will perform a breath-taking piece during the show. He won the second series of Lithuania’s Got Talent and the first prize in 2010 Accordion World Cup in Croatia. The Martynas magic has since cast its spell over audiences at some of London’s most famous venues, from Wigmore Hall to Ronnie Scott’s.

Apart from the exciting lineup, this year’s show cast a spotlight on Aishah Samad and Jason Chee who will be featured together with the President. In 2012, ex-national shooter Aishah Samad and Navy regular serviceman Jason Chee were struck by personal catastrophe. The latter lost both legs, his left arm and three right fingers in a ship accident while Aishah was forced to amputate all her limbs after contracting a near-fatal bacterial infection. Within a year, the two friends picked themselves up and returned to sports to aid and complete their healing. Be encouraged by what ‘little things’ you can do to make a difference.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam says, “The President’s Star Charity show is an annual highlight of the President’s Challenge that has always received immense support from Singaporeans. This year, another 55 selected beneficiaries will benefit from the funds raised through the President’s Challenge. Beyond fund-raising, the two initiatives started in 2012 to promote volunteerism and social enterprises through the President’s Challenge have gained momentum in encouraging Singaporeans to also give of their time, skills and enterprise for social causes. I hope that Singaporeans will continue to contribute generously to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate among us, and make Singapore a better place for everyone.”

Mr Chang Long Jong, Deputy CEO, MediaCorp, says “The President’s Star Charity is MediaCorp’s contribution to the President’s Challenge. Into its 20th year, we are very proud to produce and telecast the show to help raise awareness of many courageous and magnanimous individuals from the beneficiaries, and to give television viewers an opportunity to open their hearts to give generously and volunteer for these worthy causes."

Catch the President’s Star Charity “LIVE” on Sunday 20 October 2013, on Channel 5 and HD5, 7:30pm to 10:00pm. The encore telecast will be on Channel 5 and HD5 on Saturday 26 October from 4.00pm to 6.30pm. 

Viewers can pledge donations of $5, $20 and $100 from 2 October 2013, 3pm to 26 October 2013 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 All proceeds from the show will go to the 55 charities supported by the President’s Challenge 2013. 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:

Sandra Lim

Channel Branding & Promotions Manager

Channel 5, MediaCorp

Tel:       (65) 6350 3326

Fax:      (65) 6255 6861


Yeong Lai Lai

Senior Manager

Corporate Communications, MediaCorp

Tel:       (65) 6350 3945

Fax:      (65) 6251 5628


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 Gamesand 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 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 2013


Name of Voluntary Welfare Organisation


Community Chest

Children & Youth Services


Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association




Infant Jesus Homes and Children's Centres


Teen Challenge (Singapore)


Xin Yuan Community Care


Lutheran Community Care Services Limited


Calvary Community Care (C3)


Care Corner - Teck Ghee Youth Centre


Child At Street 11 Ltd


Muhammadiyah Welfare Home

Disability Services


Asian Women's Welfare Association


Association for Persons with Special Needs


Christian Outreach to the Handicapped


Down Syndrome Association


Handicaps Welfare Association


Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)


Singapore Anglican Community Services


Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped


Singapore Red Cross Society


Society for the Physically Disabled


Autism Association (Singapore)


Spastic Children's Association of Singapore, The

Eldercare Services


Fei Yue Family Service Centre


Filos Community