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ChildAid returns for the 18th year with over 70 young talents, aged 6 to 19 years old

Singapore, 13 December 2022 - Performers as young as six years of age stole the show and hearts at ChildAid, the annual charity concert organised by The Straits Times (ST) and The Business Times (BT), in aid of the ST School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) and the BT Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF). Themed “All Together Now”, ChildAid - which was held this evening at the NUS University Cultural Centre - raised over $2 million through donations and ticket sales.

Guest-of-Honour, President Halimah Yacob attended the musical extravaganza alongside 1,000 other guests this evening, including SPH Media Group’s CEO, Ms Teo Lay Lim; Editor-in-Chief of the English, Malay, and Tamil Media (EMTM) group, Mr Wong Wei Kong; and Editor of BT, Ms Chen Huifen.

Produced by Global Cultural Alliance, with Orangedot Productions as creative partner, “All Together Now” was inspired by the ballet ‘The Nutcracker’, and told an enchanting story about a group of friends who had to journey through fantastical worlds to get home. The cast, which featured over 70 talents from 40 different schools in Singapore, tap danced, whistled, and sang their way into the night, with a soundtrack of popular anthems from BTS, ABBA, and films like ‘The Greatest Showman’.

On the charity concert, Mr Wong, who is also Chairman of the BT BAF, said: "We titled this edition “All Together Now” as it’s what a bandleader says to the band to perform in unison. It is also an expression of our joy and gladness that we can experience music communally again after two years of pandemic restrictions on live shows."

This year, ChildAid enjoyed the generous sponsorship of organisations such as UOB, Citi Singapore, MES Group, and local Japanese eatery, Shinji. Through activities like golf tournaments, bake sales, and auctions, over $2 million in funds have been raised to benefit the underprivileged children who receive money from STSPMF for lunch and transportation , and BT BAF’s artistically talented children from disadvantaged families who are pursuing their passions.

The public can continue to make donations to ChildAid at str.sg/donateCA22 until March 2023.

For more information on ChildAid 2022’s programme, performers, and sponsors, please refer to the Annex.

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About The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) was started in 2000 as a community project initiated by The Straits Times that provides pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school. STSPMF was established as a Trust on 20 October 2010 and received charity status on 14 November 2011 with Institution of A Public Character (IPC) status effective from 1 January 2012. It is governed by a Board of Trustees.

Since the project inception in 2000, STSPMF has helped over 200,000 cases of children and youths in need and disbursed close to $90m. They come from families whose per capita gross monthly household income is not more than $690. Funds raised go towards school pocket money disbursements and support of the social and educational development of the children and youths. STSPMF disburses more than $6m yearly, helping about 10,000 needy students.

A primary school pupil receives $60 a month, while a secondary school pupil receives $95 each month. The Fund also extended its help from 2013 to students progressing from secondary schools to ITE, Junior Colleges and Polytechnics. Students in these educational institutions receive $120 a month.

The children and youths can use this money to buy a meal during recess, pay for transport or use it to meet other schooling needs. The financial help also eases the burden of many parents, who are already struggling to feed their families on their meagre incomes. STSPMF disburses the funds to students from low-income families through participating social service agencies and mainstream schools with the support of The Ministry of Education.

 

About The Business Times Budding Artists Fund

Initiated in 2004 and adopted by The Business Times in 2005, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) originated from a conviction that children with a strong interest and potential in the arts should not be denied the opportunity to develop their talents due to a lack of financial resources.

BT BAF aims to level the playing field and reaches out to children and youths from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, ages six to 19. The Fund provides opportunities and access to the arts. BT BAF seeks to enable beneficiaries to learn, discover and nurture their talents so that they may grow in confidence and become resilient in overcoming their personal circumstances.

BT BAF beneficiaries receive their arts training and education at The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square Youth. The Little Arts Academy has two campuses – North Campus I & II in Northpoint City, Yishun - and 10 Square Youth, located at Orchard Central.

BT BAF, The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square Youth are managed by TRCL, a registered charity and not-for-profit arts organisation with IPC status.