SPD Caps Jubilee Celebrations with Television Fundraiser to Raise $3.5 million for its Disability Programmes

SINGAPORE, 4 March 2015 – SPD, an organisation that supports people with disabilities, will stage its fifth SPD Charity Show this month as a finale to its year-long 50th anniversary celebrations.

The SPD Charity Show 2015 is SPD’s fifth and will be broadcast ‘live’ over MediaCorp Channel 8 on Sunday, 22 March, and repeated a week later on 29 March at 3.30pm. Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence and MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, will grace this three-hour television fundraiser.

Beneficiaries will share their stories of struggles, triumphs and what keeps them going, in this year’s show that is themed “Dreams Take Flight”. One of them is 16-year-old Teo Pei Shan who will open the show with a piano performance. Pei Shan, who looks no older than a toddler, has a rare medical condition that has stunted her physical development. She relies on a respiratory machine to breathe. Her dream was to perform on a white grand piano for an audience. 14-year-old Samuel Lim’s throat was severely damaged in an accident when he was only a few months old. Hence, he lets his music speak for him and hopes it can touch the world. A recipient of the SPD Youth Aspiration Award 2014, Samuel plays the piano and Guzheng. Look out for his performance with MediaCorp Artiste Desmond Tan at the SPD Charity Show 2015.

SPD Charity Show 2015 will be hosted by Taiwanese television personality Mickey Huang and popular television host Quan Yi Fong. The line-up of local artistes includes Chen Han Wei, Priscelia Chen, Tay Ping Hui, Jeffrey Xu, Michelle Chia, Zoe Tay, Zheng Ge Ping, Elvin Ng, Desmond Tan, Nick Teo, Ya Hui, Kate Pang, Bonnie Loo and Carrier Wong. Popular Taiwanese singer, Rainie Yang, veteran Hokkien singer, Shen Wen Cheng and 80s Heartthrob, Fei Xiang, will complete the exciting line-up of celebrities this year.

For the first time, the show will also incorporate a Getai performance as an outdoor performance item to reach out to the heartlands. To be staged at Ang Mo Kio Central Stage (next to Jubilee Square) the three-hour Getai will be helmed by Mark Lee and Ethen Lee Teng, with performances by popular Getai singers such as Wang Lei, Hao Hao and Liu Ling Ling led by Getai troupe leader, Chen Zhi Wei.

“Through the show, we hope to raise $3.5 million for our programmes and services and at the same time, raise awareness of disabilities issues and promote greater understanding in the community. We hope the hard work and dedication that the artistes and beneficiaries put in will move the audience to donate generously to help keep our programmes going,” 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 30 March 2015.