Singapore, 10 Dec 2009 - Tickets for the children's charity concert ChildAid have been sold out.
The concert, which showcases the best of Singapore's young musical talents, is in aid of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.
This is the fifth time Singapore Press Holdings is organising the concert. All the previous concerts were also sold out affairs.
This year's shows on Dec 19-21 will be held for the first time at the 1,600-seater Festive Grand Theatre at Resorts World Sentosa. The Guest-of-Honour is President SR Nathan.
ChildAid organising chairman Peter Khoo said he was grateful to the Singapore public for their show of support.
He said: "This proves that Singaporeans have big hearts and support young talents. We are humbled and grateful for the tremendous support. We also wish to thank Resorts World Sentosa for giving us this honour of being the first event to be staged there.''
The 4,800 who secured tickets will thus be making history by being the first to step into the integrated resort, scheduled to officially open early next year.
Several of the 274 talents were thrilled to hear that they would be performing before a packed audience.
Said singer Anisa Kureishi, 14, who is a student at the United World College: "It's an honour to perform with such talented performers and to help the less fortunate at the same time. It'll be such a thrill to sing before a packed audience and at such a prestigious venue too.''
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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:
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.