SPD Beneficiaries Partner Local and Overseas Artistes in Performances for Television Fundraiser to Raise $3.8 million for its Disability Programmes

SINGAPORE, 27 February 2017 – Outdoor cooking will make its debut in a televised charity show in the SPD Charity Show 2017 《SPD 真情无障爱》. SPD’s sixth televised charity show since 2007 will see celebrity chefs Eric Teo, Heman Tan, Charlie Tham and Pung Lu Tin display their cooking prowess in order to raise funds for people with disabilities.

The special outdoor segment hosted by Lee Teng will be held at NEX Shopping Mall Level 1 Atrium. The locally renowned chefs will be whipping up dessert and western, local and Chinese cuisines on-site and shoppers will be encouraged to make a donation for a taste of the food cooked by the chefs. Home viewers who are unable to make it for the event, not to worry, the show has catered for special delivery – On the event night, the first three home viewers who SMS and donate $1,000 will get to receive a special delivery of chef’s cuisines by Mediacorp celebrities right at your doorstep.

The show is part of SPD’s 10-week-long “Breaking Barriers” public education campaign aimed at promoting inclusion and better understanding of people with disabilities.

The audience can look forward once again to signature performances pairing SPD’s beneficiaries with disabilities with local and foreign artistes to signify inclusion and integration. The show will be broadcast ‘LIVE’ over Mediacorp Channel 8 on Sunday, 19 March at 7pm, and repeated a week later on 26 March at 3.30pm. Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen will grace the three-hour television fundraiser as the Guest-of-Honour.

Themed “Where Dreams Inspire” 《梦鼓舞》, SPD’s performers with disabilities in this year’s show will seek to inspire all as they share their stories of struggles, triumphs and what keeps them striving for their dreams.

One of them is 13-year-old Anastasia Mary Chieng who will be showcasing her musical talents in a solo segment. A rare heart defect which required an open heart surgery just six days after her birth, and profound hearing loss in the right ear, did little to limit Anastasia from pursuing her dream of becoming a musician. A recipient of the SPD Youth Aspiration Award 2016, she will be playing the drums, electone and violin on the show.

A nine-member choir, made up of beneficiaries at SPD’s Day Activity Centre, will perform in the Show’s finale. The group started in 2008 learning and practicing simple songs to build their confidence in vocal expressions, and has since performed at several public events, including the SPD Ability Fun Walk held last year.

The SPD Charity Show 2017 will be hosted by Taiwanese television personality, Mickey Huang and popular television host, Quan Yi Fong. The line-up of local artistes includes Tay Ping Hui, Xiang Yun, Chen Han Wei, Elvin Ng, Romeo Tan, Felicia Chin, Terence Cao and many more. Evergreen Hong Kong pop group, The Grasshoppers, veteran Hokkien singer and winner of the 27th Golden Melody Best Female Hokkien Singer Award, Huang Yi Ling, and Taiwanese Mandopop singer-songwriter, rapper, actor and entrepreneur, Wilbur Pan, will complete the exciting line-up of celebrities this year.

“The support of the community will enable SPD to provide programmes and services to help over 5,000 people with disabilities and their families. Through the show, we hope to raise $3.8 million and to promote inclusion and greater understanding and acceptance in the community for people with disabilities. We hope the hard work and dedication that the artistes and beneficiaries put into the Show will move the audience to donate generously,” said Ms Chia Yong Yong, President, SPD.

Members of the public can call the donation lines below to support SPD:

1900-112 0303 ($10 donation)
1900-112 1313 ($20 donation)
1900-112 2323 ($50 donation)
1900-112 3333 (100 donation)

An administrative fee of $0.21 applies to all calls. Callers must be 18 years old and above, or seek parental consent before calling. Donation hotlines are open till 26 March 2017.