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ChildAid 2009 concert tickets go on sale

Singapore, 2 December 2009 --- Tickets for ChildAid 2009, the charity concert organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, go on sale from tomorrow, Thursday 3 December. The tickets, priced at $15, $20 and $30, are available through SISTIC. The three-night concert on 19,20 and 21 December 2009, will be the first event to be held at Resorts World Sentosa.

ChildAid aims to raise $1,000,000 which will come from ticket sales and corporate sponsors. The Guest-of-Honour for the gala concert on 20 Dec 2009 is President SR Nathan. The two beneficiaries of the concert are The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.

After a record number of 550 submissions and tough auditions, organisers chose 15 acts for this year’s show. The organisers also held auditions in Malaysia and Indonesia and will be showcasing six talents from the two countries.

Singapore's best will be led by Taiwan One Million Superstar singer Rachel Chua, 15; School of the Arts’ singer Jane Lee, 14; and a full orchestra made up of the best from the Republic's schools.

Ikhwal Hafiz Ismail - who won the Best International Artiste Award at Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles - will carry Malaysia's flag while two 14-year-old young percussionists - Kevin Dwi Tjahya and Ayla Noor Iman - will represent Indonesia.

Interested corporations and individuals who want to do more for ChildAid can contact Ms Shahrena Hassan at Tel: 6319-5097 (email: shahrena@sph.com.sg).

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Mr Yeo Siew Chi
Assistant Manager
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Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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Mr Khalid Khamis 
Assistant Manager
Editorial Projects Unit
English & Malay Newspapers Division
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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About The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund 

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund was initiated on Children's Day (October 1) in the year 2000 by The Straits Times, to heighten public awareness of the plight of children from low-income families who were attending school without proper breakfast, or pocket money to sustain their day in school. 

The aim is to alleviate the financial burden faced by parents in providing for their children's education. At the same time the funds will help children who are already facing difficulties in remaining in school to stay on. 

As the official fund-raiser, The Straits Times rallies support for the cause and appeals to the public for donations to the fund. It collaborates with different partners for various fund-raising activities. 

The Straits Times works very closely with the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), the fund administrator. NCSS disburses the funds to the beneficiaries through its network of family service centres, special schools and children’s homes. 

About The Business Times Budding Artists Fund 

Initiated by The Old Parliament House Limited in 2004 and adopted by Business Times in May 2005, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) aims to enable children between the ages of five to 12 years distanced by socio-economic circumstances to pursue their aspirations to develop artistic talents in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and theatre production. 

The Fund originated from a strong conviction that no child with strong interest and artistic potential should be deprived of the opportunity to develop his or her talents because he or she is economically disadvantaged. 

Objectives of the Fund are as follows: 

1. To offer opportunities for financially-disadvantaged children who display artistic potential and commitment to be formally trained in the arts. 
2. To provide platforms for established and professional artists to impart their skills and experience to the next generation of talents. This will mean continual renewal in the creative industry. 
3. To heighten awareness of the importance of nurturing the artistic talents of children and young adults and the ensuing value of such skills to building the next phase of artistic development of Singapore. 

About Singapore Press Holdings

Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. It publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages and over 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. Every day, 3 million individuals or 79 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH’s internet editions of its major newspapers enjoy over 150 million page views with 9 million unique visitors each month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, omy, rednano.sg, ST701, STOMP and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH has also ventured into broadcasting, outdoor advertising and properties.

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