The annual event featured song and dance performances, as well as touching tales that shed light on the plight of Singapore’s underprivileged
Text: Tammi Tan
Just like previous years, the 20th President’s Star Charity (PSC) showcased both exciting live performances by local and international talents, and featured moving videos that undoubtedly helped stir people to make a generous donation.
At the start of the show, donations totalled around $55,000. The figure doubled, crossing the $100k mark, within the next 30 minutes, and by the end of the two-and-a-half-hour broadcast, a whopping $5,092,720 was raised for the PSC’s 55 beneficiaries. Viewers had the choice to donate via telepolls or online, and the lines will continue to be open until this Sunday at midnight.
The event, held last night at the Caldecott Broadcast Centre, was hosted by Joanne Peh, Soo Kui Jien and Adelyn Koh, a visually handicapped 12-year-old who, despite her youth, handled her emceeing duties like a true pro (it was her third time at the gig).
The Rave Harpers, Nikolai Song and Ong Yi Ting kicked things off with a classical ensemble. Next up was The Final 1 champion Farisha Ishak, who flaunted her winning vocals with her latest single ‘Tonight’. She was soon joined by the other Final 1 finalists, as well as Vanessa Vanderstraaten and DJs Mike Kasem and Rosalyn Lee, for ‘When I’m Gone’, complete with its famous accompanying cup-manoeuvring action that’s all the rage now.
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