We will be staging our fifth SPD Charity Show <<真情无障爱>> this Sunday, 22 March 2015, to raise funds for our various programmes and services for people with disabilities. A number of local and international artistes, alongside some SPD beneficiaries who have some form of disabilities, will perform at this year’s show to be telecast ‘live’ over Channel 8 at 7.00pm. This is what we have been doing leading up to the show.
Lots of Practising
The show presents an opportunity for some of our beneficiaries to fulfill their dreams. The performers have been putting in their best efforts, juggling their regular commitments and the rigorous practices that they have to put in for their segments in the show.
An active participant of SPD’s activities and a bursary recipient of the SPD Education Programme, 14-year-old Tan Le Ming, who had his right forearm amputated due to a childhood injury, aspires to be a dancer. Since being selected to perform in the charity show, Le Ming has been putting in many hours of dance practice.
The same goes for music enthusiasts Samuel Lim and Teo Peishan. The ever-optimistic and determined 15-year-old Samuel will be playing the Guzheng in the company of MediaCorp artistes Desmond Tan, who will be showing off some broadsword moves to the accompanying music.
Teo Peishan, 17, will be realising her dream of performing on a white grand piano in front of a large audience as she will be opening the SPD Charity Show 2015 with a solo performance.
Lots of Filming
Some of our staff and beneficiaries had to reschedule their work and plans to participate in a video to express their thoughts about SPD.
Artistes from MediaCorp also took time off from their filming to record appeals for support for the show. We were glad that the ever-popular MediaCorp artiste Zoe Tay popped by SPD to visit 6-year-old Ruo En during her training session at the Specialised Assistive Technology Centre on 13 March.
Ruo En was star-struck at first, but the pair soon became fast friends when the veteran actress’ warmth and friendliness won the little girl over and put her at ease for some really good shots.
Lots of Help
As part of the show’s publicity efforts, we have been distributing tissue packs bearing the show’s information and donation hotlines since 9 March. We were heartened by the kind gesture of a group of foreign workers from India, Bangladesh and China who volunteered to help distribute the tissue packs over two days. They were joined by several local volunteers from HealthServe, a non-profit community development organisation which helps the local needy community as well as migrants.
We were grateful to all our volunteers for helping to garner support for the show outside the MRT stations at Aljunied, Buona Vista, Clementi, Eunos, Paya Lebar, Redhill and Tiong Bahru, and for helping us so that people with disabilities whom SPD serves can continue to receive the care and support that they need.
We have all been hard at work, giving our best to ensure that this Sunday’s show is a success. We hope you too can support us any way you can. More information can be found at http://spd.org.sg/events/detail/spd-charity-show-2015-96.html