Zoe Tay on why she instilled a sense of charity in her sons from young

The charity show veteran will be putting on a solo performance at the President’s Star Charity 2018

Zoe Tay on why she instilled a sense of charity in her sons from young
Zoe Tay on why she instilled a sense of charity in her sons from young
26 Sep 2018

Zoe Tay on why she instilled a sense of charity in her sons from young

It’s that time of the year once again, where people from all walks of life come together for a good cause – raising funds for the President’s Star Charity 2018. The funds raised will be channeled to a total of 59 beneficiaries this year, which include those from the Cross Sector, Children, Youth & Family, Disability Services, Eldercare Services, Mental Health Services, Healthcare and Rehabilitation fields.

This year’s show, which will be broadcast live on October 14, will also feature two very special guests: President Halimah Yacob and her husband, Mr. Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee. The pair will be joining The Purple Symphony, the Purple Choir Kids, visually handicapped singer Wai Yee as well as homegrown songstress Aisyah Aziz for an orchestra performance that will also be the last performance of the night.

Ahead of the show, a press conference was held yesterday (September 25), which was attended by Mediacorp artistes Zoe Tay, Kym Ng, Rebecca Lim and Fang Rong. Kym and Rebecca, who shared that they will not be performing this year, shared that they will still be making an appearance at the show to show their support.

Ah Jie will also be putting on her first solo performance at the PSC 2018, with a contemporary dance performance featuring kinetic light spheres. Fang Rong will be making her President’s Star Charity debut performance this year, putting on a hip-hop dance item with fellow celebs Tay Ying, Nick Teo, Edwin Goh, Nithiya Rao and Farhana M Noor.

Among the overseas performers who will be gracing the event are Hong Kong singer Eason Chan, visual entertainer Mickael Bellemene, Malaysian singer Dayang and Philippines group TNT Boys.

We caught up with Zoe, Kym, Rebecca and Fang Rong at the press conference, and they told us a bit more about their respective performances and views towards charity and doing good deeds.

Read on for more.

Zoe Tay tells us how she inculcated the right values to her sons
Zoe Tay tells us how she inculcated the right values to her sons
26 Sep 2018

Zoe Tay tells us how she inculcated the right values to her sons

Ah Jie is no stranger to charity shows – in fact, she makes it a point to do her part for charity whenever she can. This year is no exception, as she revealed that her contemporary dance performance will be the first time that she is doing a solo dance performance.

“The good thing about it is that nobody will notice even if I make a mistake,” she chuckled during her interview with Toggle. “I’ll have seven lessons starting tomorrow, and I’ll have to learn all of it within these seven lessons. It’ll be tough, but we’ll make it work.”

A beneficiary that she visited this year tugged on her heartstrings just that little more this year, as the lady was a victim of domestic violence – something that her ‘You Can Say No’ campaign encompassed.

“I really respect her for being able to stay positive throughout everything. I think she was also very lucky to have had a helping hand reach out to her when she needed it, and it’s important because she was able to stay with her children as well,” Zoe mused. “Sometimes, when domestic violence happens, the victim will suffer in silence, thinking that they’re the only ones who are affected. They don’t realise that their children will also get affected by seeing what their mother goes through, and this might result in scars that will be very hard to heal later in their lives.”

Zoe has also been continuously imparting positive values to her three sons, Brayden, 13, Ashton, 10, and Nathan, 7. “I don’t have any plan to bring them onto charity shows or large-scale events like these to do their part for charity, but I’ve taught them from young that they should be more conscious about the things around them,” she shared with a smile.

Simple things, such as clearing your own plates at a hawker centre, or helping an elderly person who seems to be having trouble with their heavy load, she shared, have been instilled in her three sons from a tender age, and she feels that the seeds that she have sowed will slowly but surely bear fruit. She grinned, “I’m sure they’ll do what they can, in their own ways, as they grow older.”

Rebecca Lim on meeting beneficiaries: It doesn’t get easier
Rebecca Lim on meeting beneficiaries: It doesn’t get easier
26 Sep 2018

Rebecca Lim on meeting beneficiaries: It doesn’t get easier

Another familiar face that will make an appearance at this year’s PSC is Rebecca Lim, who quipped that she was a tad disappointed that she will not be performing this year. “I told them that I can be a backup dancer, stand in the background, or anything!” she laughed. “But as of now, I’ll just be making an appearance on the day itself.”

Having visited numerous beneficiaries throughout the years, Rebecca confessed that the life stories that she hears from them have been tugging a big harder at her heartstrings. “As I get older, the people around me are getting older too. Sometimes, when I listen to the stories that some of these beneficiaries tell, I realise that someone I know is in a similar situation, and it really hits home,” she mused.

“Of course, I’ve always emphasised with them, but maybe because I’m getting older, these days I get a bit more emotional about it,” Rebecca added. “I can’t help it, and it really doesn’t get easier.”

Rebecca also let on that she’s in the midst of planning an event with her fan club, The Beckers Team, in line for Christmas. They have previously celebrated special days with senior citizens, which the actress mused was a great way to spend quality time with her fans.

“I wanted to do something for my birthday, but I wasn’t in Singapore so it was hard to plan. I didn’t want to do something just for the sake of it either, so we decided that we’d just focus on the Christmas one,” she explained. “The first time we volunteered together, they were a bit unsure on what they should be doing, but they warmed up really fast and I’m really proud of them for being willing to spend their time doing good as well.”

Kym Ng gets told off by her mother during trip to China
Kym Ng gets told off by her mother during trip to China
26 Sep 2018

Kym Ng gets told off by her mother during trip to China

If you’ve been keeping up with Kym Ng’s social media feeds, you’d have noticed that she was busy globetrotting once again. We asked her about her trip, which she revealed was a week-long trip to Lijiang, China, with her mother, brother and sister-in-law.

“I got scolded really badly by my mother when we were there,” she chuckled. As it turns out, the travel agency that she worked with this time suggested that they prepare a wheelchair for her 80-year-old mother, something she agreed to just in case.

“When we got there and they wheeled it up to her, she was like ‘What’s this?’, and when I told her it was for her, she got angry and said that I was crazy for thinking she needed one!” Kym bemoaned. “I’m amazed at my mother – even at her age, she walked with us for the entire time, and she even pushed her own luggage along. I hope I can be as fit as her when I’m 80.”

Expressing that she too was a tad disappointed that she won’t be performing at this year’s show, Kym gushed that she would look forward to the other performances that night, including Fang Rong’s.

Fang Rong, who has done ballet since she was a toddler, let on that while this will be her first time taking on the hip-hop genre, she will definitely be working hard to put her best foot forward.

“When I was still in school, we had to do CIP (Community Involvement Programme) and we brought food to this elderly man’s house, and we were supposed to clean it too,” she revealed. “It was really dirty and there were cockroaches everywhere, and although we were prepared to do our part, he told us not to clean because he knew how dirty it was. That really touched me, because even though he might not have had a lot at the time, he still had a really good heart that didn’t want us to have to go through all that trouble just for him.”

Some of the snaps Kym Ng shared while she was on holiday
Some of the snaps Kym Ng shared while she was on holiday
26 Sep 2018

Some of the snaps Kym Ng shared while she was on holiday

Mediacorp's CEO, Ms. Tham Loke Kheng, made a telepoll donation during the press conference
Mediacorp's CEO, Ms. Tham Loke Kheng, made a telepoll donation during the press conference
26 Sep 2018

Mediacorp's CEO, Ms. Tham Loke Kheng, made a telepoll donation during the press conference

A dizi performance from The Purple Symphony gave us a sneak peek of what to expect
A dizi performance from The Purple Symphony gave us a sneak peek of what to expect
26 Sep 2018

A dizi performance from The Purple Symphony gave us a sneak peek of what to expect

Sufi Rashid
Sufi Rashid
26 Sep 2018

Sufi Rashid

Mickael Bellemene
Mickael Bellemene
26 Sep 2018

Mickael Bellemene

Telepoll hotlines 1900-112-8821 (for S$10 donation), 1900-112-8822 (for $50 donation) and 1900-112-8823 (for $100 donation) are now open. You can also donate on www.giving.sg/psc2018, or through the SGQR code.

The President’s Star Charity 2018 will be broadcast LIVE, October 14, on Channel 5 and Toggle from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The encore telecast will be on Channel 5 on October 20, 4pm. Catchup will also be available on Toggle from October 16.

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