The President’s Star Charity 2008 Celebrates the Singapore Cabaret

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The President’s Star Charity 2008 Celebrates the Singapore Cabaret

Singapore, 2 October 2008
– The President’s Star Charity 2008 (PSC) goes back in time to present classic pieces from the past, cabaret-style! As the premier fund-raising event of the President’s Challenge, PSC will be telecast live on Channel 5 on Sunday, 12 October, 7:30pm. Proceeds from the show will go directly to the 31 charities supported by the President’s Challenge (see Annex A).

Based on the theme President’s Star Charity 2008 Celebrates the Singapore Cabaret, the producers have assembled a stellar cast including stars from the sixties such as Anneke Gronloh and Veronica Young. Scoring a first this year is the live music element by the Thomson Big Band. Bollywood actor Jas Arora makes a special appearance, supported by a bevy of dancers from the Global Indian International School, while Taufik Batisah puts on the Ritz with young tap dancers JazzKids. Meanwhile, Gurmit Singh, Tay Ping Hui and Daren Tan will helm a Frank Sinatra medley, while Mathilda D’Silva, Vanessa Fernandez and Olinda Cho take on The Supremes. (For a full list of performers and items, kindly refer to Annex B).

As a special treat for viewers and donors, President Nathan will perform a special item, accompanied by the T’ang Quartet and supported by Cultural Medallion winner Tan Kian Por.

The hosts for this year’s show are Adrian Pang and Michelle Chia.

His Excellency President S R Nathan says, “Since the inception of the President’s Challenge in 2000, this annual charity extravaganza has been a highlight of the President's Challenge each year. And year after year, I have been very encouraged by the generosity of Singaporeans. I must express my appreciation to the MediaCorp artistes and staff who have devoted much time and effort to make PSC such a memorable event in our calendar of charitable endeavours.It is my belief that everyone can offer a helping hand, whether you are young or old, well-to-do or not. I encourage Singaporeans to do their part - either by donating or volunteering - to help those among us, who are less fortunate, live a dignified life and play a more meaningful role in society.”

Mr Lucas Chow, MediaCorp CEO, says: “This is the ninth year that MediaCorp is producing PSC. Year after year, PSC has received enormous support from our viewers and we are honoured that we have a part to play in the President’s Challenge.

The President’s Star Charity 2008 will be shown ‘live’ on MediaCorp TV Channel 5 on Sunday, 12 October 2008 from 7:30pm to 10pm. The encore will telecast on Channel 5 on Saturday, 18 October from 5.15pm to 7:45pm.

Viewers can pledge donations of $5, $20 and $100 from 21 Sept 2008 (6pm), to 18 October 2008 (midnight). The numbers to call are:
1900-112-8821 ($5)
1900-112-8822 ($20)
1900-112-8823 ($100)

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Annex A

List of President’s Challenge beneficiaries
1) Rainbow Centre
2) Asian Women’s Welfare Association
3) St Andrew’s Mission Hospital (St Andrew’s Autism Centre)
4) Woodbridge Hospital Endowment Fund
5) Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Charity Fund
6) Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
7) Christian Care Services Singapore
8) Breakthrough Missions Ltd
9) Jamiyah Singapore
10) Community Chest
11) Touch Community Services
12) Sathya Sai Social Service (4S)
13) The Salvation Army
14) Association for Persons with Special Needs
15) Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore
16) St Hilda’s Community Services Centre
17) Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled
18) Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (The Star Shelter)
19) Counselling and Care Centre
20) Infant Jesus Homes & Children’s Centres
21) The Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore
22) Lutheran Community Care Services Limited
23) Sanctuary House Ltd
24) Realm of Tranquility
25) Child at Street 11 Ltd.
26) Man Fut Tong Nursing Home
27) Kidney Dialysis Foundation Ltd
28) Ramakrishna Mission
29) The Ashram
30) National Kidney Foundation
31) Assisi Hospice

Annex B

List of Performers

Anneke Gronloh
Jas Arora

Veronica Young
Rahimah Rahim
Ebi Shankara
Murali Krishnan
Tay Ping Hui
Adrian Pang
Gurmit Singh
Daren Tan
Kym Ng
Michelle Chia
Fiona Xie
Taufik Batisah
Hady Mirza
Jonathan Leong
Olinda Cho
Sebastian Tan
Mathilda D’Silva
Vanessa Fernandez
By Definition

Show highlights:

Item Performers

A Night in Shanghai
Fiona Xie, Kym Ng and Sebastian Tan

Puttin’ on the Ritz
Taufik Batisah and the JazzKids

The Supremes medley
Mathilda D’Silva, Vanessa Fernandez and Olinda Cho

P Ramlee medley
Hady Mirza, Rahimah Rahim

Made In India
Jas Aurora, Murali Krishnan and Ebi Shankara

Veronica Young
Solo and duet with Jonathan Leong

Anneke Gronloh medley

Frank Sinatra medley
Tay Ping Hui, Gurmit Singh and Daren Tan

The President’s item
President Nathan and Tang Quartet