“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” – Helen Keller
Taking a cue from Helen Keller, the President’s Star Charity 2014 (PSC 2014) is a joint collaboration between the beneficiaries of the President’s Challenge 2014 and an all-star cast featuring MediaCorp personalities and the best of local and regional acts. For the first time, members of beneficiary organizations joined MediaCorp and guest performers in almost half the segments of the show, giving these beneficiaries a chance to shine and step up to help others in need.
Aptly themed, “Reach out, Touch Lives”, PSC 2014 appealed to everyone to come forward to play a part in helping the less fortunate. Through the stage collaborations, the public were able to appreciate how these beneficiaries cope with their physical disabilities, enabled by the abilities they have from within.
Hosted by MediaCorp artistes Gurmit Singh and Joanne Peh, the two-and-a-half hour entertainment extravaganza opened with Ruan Xian Chamber Ensemble, a local Chinese orchestra and the ‘Kolintang’ performance troupe from Ain Society, a voluntary welfare organisation. These talented youths, who have mastered the traditional Javanese music instrument ‘Kolintang’, will collaborate with the 30-strong Ruan Xian Chinese Orchestra ensemble to perform a special rendition of American pop-singer Katy Perry’s hit single ‘Roar’.
Headlining this year’s PSC 2014 is Yuna, Malaysia’s biggest English talent export, signed to international jazz record label Verve, performing her rendition of ‘Escape’ and ‘Rescue’. Having toured and performed at renowned international music festivals and American Idol, she has also appeared on talk shows with Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno and Carson Daly. Also, for the first time, the winners of MediaCorp Symphony 92.4FM’s Young Talents Project 2014, Kaelyn Soh, Dan Yuet Ian and Jessi Meng, together performed a classical rendition of the critically acclaimed hit song ‘Let It Go’ from the 2013 Disney animated feature film, “Frozen”.
Catch our home-grown talent, Yan Neil Chan, a finger-styled guitarist who performed the 1972 soul classic, ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers. Having performed at the renowned Mosaic Music Festival with his own YouTube channel, Yan performed with Robert Tan, a visually impaired musician from the local charity, Very Special Arts Singapore, to bring new meaning to caring and support in this song.
Having recently performed at the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 2014 and the Georgetown Festival in Penang, Singapore’s own local indie band, The Sam Willows, played their original song ‘For Love’ together with Sophie Soon, a visually impaired violinist from the iC2 Prephouse, a training facility for children with low vision.