ChildAid 2017: An Amazing Awesome Asian Adventure raised more than $2.1 million

The 13th edition of annual charity concert ChildAid organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times raised more than $2.1 million.

The proceeds go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, both of which help underprivileged children, bringing the collective amount raised over the years to more than $16 million.

Gracing the concert’s opening night on 24 November 2017 at Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa was Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development, and the Second Minister in the Ministry of National Development.
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String A Legacy: Raising the Next Generation of Musicians

A musical legacy will be handed down this coming November in a concert titled String A Legacy featuring Singapore’s internationally renowned violinist Min Lee and her protégé 12-year old Samuel Tan making his debut at Esplanade Concert Hall.

Samuel, the youngest winner of the prestigious 2014 Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy at the age of nine and among United Kingdom’s favourite classical radio station Classic FM’s top ten list of child prodigies in 2016, has been under Min Lee’s mentorship since he was seven years old.

Centered around the theme of legacy, String A Legacy will also see Samuel continuing the violin lineage from his mentor, Min Lee.

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Piano Marathon: 12-hours of non-stop piano-playing World’s leading piano maker launches new community outreach programme with a piano marathon for charity

The world’s leading piano maker, Steinway & Sons, will score a first in Asia this December with the launch of a new community outreach programme that will see a 12-hour music marathon for charity.

Called Piano Marathon 2017 @ ION Orchard, the event is scheduled to be held on 16 December at Singapore’s iconic shopping mall ION Orchard Level 1 Atrium. It aims to reach out to over 500 participants from all ages and all walks of life to provide 12 hours of continuous piano music. Nett proceeds from funds raised for the event will be donated to The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) that provides arts training to children and youths from financially disadvantaged families.

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‘Big’ Kids with Big Hearts: More than 700 Children Celebrate Children’s Day at KidZania Singapore

More than 700 children will get to role-play different real-world professions in one of Singapore’s largest indoor theme parks as part of Children’s Day celebrations this October.

Called Children for Children (CFC), and co-organised by The Business Times, CHIJ Kellock and The RICE Company Limited, this annual community event sees children from underprivileged backgrounds enjoy a day out at Singapore’s key attractions. For CFC 2017, the children can look forward to an immersive play experience at KidZania Singapore, where they can live out their dream careers – become firefighters, museum curators or even radio presenters, earn wages and decide on how to save or spend their keep.

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Thrice a Charm: Yu Neng Primary School Pays It Forward with Tote-ally Eco Friendly Project

For a third year running, a local primary school and its supporting community will come together to raise funds for students in need.

Yu Neng Primary School (YNPS) will be creating 1,324 eco tote bags featuring an owl motif with hand-sewn eyes, that will be distributed to the public whose donations for the bag will go towards raising funds for ChildAid, an annual charity concert in aid of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF).

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Arts Training Fund Celebrates 12th Anniversary with Two New Training Centres for Children

One of Singapore’s well-known funds that supports arts training for financially disadvantaged children, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF), celebrates its 12th year this May by expanding its reach to the northern part of Singapore

Founded in 2005 with the aim of providing a level-playing field in the arts for young people from financially disadvantaged families, BT BAF which is managed by The RICE Company Ltd (TRCL) will be opening two new arts training centres for children in Northpoint in Yishun come fourth quarter of this year.

At present, BT BAF already supports two centrally located arts centres, The Little Arts Academy (LAA) located at Selegie Road and 10 Square @ Orchard Central (10 Square) on Orchard Road. LAA and 10 Square are multi-disciplinary arts centres which provide creative learning environments for children and youth respectively. Beneficiaries of the BT BAF aged 6 to 19 pursue music, dance, theatre and visual arts at these two centres.

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ChildAid 2016 Raises Over $2 Million For Two Children’s Charities

Despite the economic slowdown, ChildAid continues to receive unwavering support from its staunch supporters and the public.

The annual charity concert, which opened at the Resorts World Theatre on Friday evening (Nov 18), raised over $2 million for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BTBAF), surpassing last year’s $1.98 million.

This brings the total sum raised for both funds to more than $14 million, since the annual concert series started in 2005. The top donors were Citi, HSBC. and UOB. They each donated $500,000 and above to ChildAid 2016.

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Childaid Inspires Young Talents to Live Their Dreams

A young guzheng student who plays pop music on her instrument; a ukulele and vocal student who aspires to be a world famous gamer; an aspiring ballet dancer who enjoys showing her humorous side to entertain. These are some of the young talents who will get to live their dreams at Singapore’s major annual children’s charity concert, ChildAid, come November.

Aptly themed “Living Dreams”, ChildAid 2016 will see 11-year old guzheng student Sylvia Tan whose “biggest dream is to travel around the world and to perform at different concerts” fulfill part of her dream on 18 and 19 Nov at Resorts World Sentosa. Sylvia will perform with 20 members of local harp ensemble, the Rave Harpers, for her showcase. Similarly, Megan Lau, 15, who religiously trains daily and hopes to do Singapore proud on the international dance stage, will also have an opportunity to display her emceeing skills aside from dancing in one of the song segments.

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Leading Childcare Educator Celebrates Children’s Day with A Good Deed To Charity

Leading Singapore childhood educator, Patricia Koh brought cheer to 200 beneficiaries yesterday with a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative through her childcare chain, MapleBear Singapore on Children’s Day.

In celebration of Children’s Day and in the spirit of giving back to the community, Koh’s childcare chain, MapleBear Singapore – developed from a Canadian based early learning programme – demonstrated its generosity with a treat for beneficiaries of the Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) at Resorts World Sentosa. This is MapleBear Singapore’s first CSR outreach to financially disadvantaged families with young children in Singapore. Net proceeds from the event are donated to the BT BAF.

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1,000 Children and their Families to Enjoy Sentosa and a New Music Festival for Free

Come 27 August 2016, 1,000 children and their families can look forward to visiting some of the most popular attractions and enjoying a new music festival for free at Sentosa – The State of Fun.

This special one-day excursion will see children from organisations such as Singapore Children Society and various primary schools, who are also beneficiaries of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF), enjoy a full day out on Sentosa.

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