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Childaid 2008 Begins Search For New Young Talent

Singapore, 18 July 2008 – Great news for all young musical talents looking to do their bit for charity: ChildAid, the annual charity concert which raises money for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, is back once again.

The event, now in its fourth year, is organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, with the National University of Singapore´s Centre For the Arts coming on board once again as the venue and production partner.

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund provides needy school children with pocket money and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund provides the funding to nurture the artistic talents of underprivileged children.

ChildAid showcases Singapore’s top young performing talents below the age of 19 years. It will be held on Dec 3 and 4 at the University Cultural Centre at NUS.

Thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors, last year´s sold-out concerts, which featured a diversity of musical talents such as sibling pianists Angela Lim and Jonathan Lim, singers Muhammad Faizal Isa and Rahul Advani and little drummer boy Ethan Ong, raised a record S$450,000 for both charities.

For this year´s show, concert goers will get to see former Singapore Idol contestant, Meryl Joan Lee and young singing sensation, Julia Abueva performing.

The editors of both newspapers are hoping that this year´s concert will be a similar fund-raising success.

Mr Han Fook Kwang, Editor of The Straits Times, added: “Once again, we are delighted to be presenting ChildAid. With rising prices and the expected slowdown in the economy, we expect more students to be in need. We want to help as many as we can through the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. We thank all those who have supported us and contributed so generously. ChildAid would not have been possible without the support from the public, corporations and the NUS Centre for the Arts, our venue and production partner."

Mr Alvin Tay, Editor of The Business Times, said: “We were overwhelmed by the generous support shown by the companies and donors alike to ChildAid last year, with collections surpassing our previous successes. The two beneficiaries strike a deep chord with many and we hope that their unstinting support will continue for this year´s concert. ChildAid also enables upcoming and talented young Singaporean stars to perform in a gala event while at the same time contributing back to society by raising funds for their less fortunate peers.’’

Ms Christine Khor, Director, NUS Centre for the Arts said that CFA is delighted once again to partner The Straits Times and The Business Times.

“NUS Centre for the Arts (CFA) is always proud to help ChildAid by offering our venue, programming, producing and promoting expertise. A nation that wants no child left behind must do all it can to ensure that the resources and support needed are in place. ChildAid is a youth project in line with CFA´s mission of holistic education in the NUS experience via the arts.”

Corporations interested in contributing to ChildAid can contact Ms Shahrena Hassan at 6319-5097 (email shahrena@sph.com.sg), Mr Gerard Wong at 6319-5204 (gerard@sph.com.sg) or Ms Christine Ang at 6319-5119 (anglcc@sph.com.sg).

The return of ChildAid also means that this year´s search for more outstanding performing talents has also begun.

The concert organisers are now looking for English-medium acts for the event. Interested talents in the fields of music, dance or emceeing must be Singapore residents below the age of 19.

They must send in their audition materials to be considered for selection. The preferred format for audition material is DVD, VCD or CD. Applicants should include a photograph and a one-page write-up of themselves, their musical achievements, if any, and why they want to be a part of ChildAid.

Audition materials can be mailed to:

“ChildAid 2008 Auditions”
NUS Centre For The Arts
University Cultural Centre
50 Kent Ridge Crescent
Singapore 119279

The closing date for submissions is 15 August 2008. Shortlisted youths will be invited to the auditions on 6 and 7 September 2008.

For more details on the auditions, contact Mr Nipuna Perera at 6516 4229 or email nipuna@nus.edu.sg.

Issued by:

Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration. No. 198402868E


For more information, please contact:

Yeo Siew Chi
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
DID: 6319 1586
HP: 9749 5105
Email: yeosc@sph.com.sg

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