02 Mar 2018
L-R: Desmond Ng, Felicia Chin, Rebecca Lim, Pornsak, Zhao Wen Bei, Hazelle Teo
Thye Hua Kwan Charity Show 2018 will be back this year in line with the charity organisation’s 40th anniversary, and will bring together both local and foreign artistes to raise funds. The show, which will take place on March 18, will be hosted by Pornsak, along with news anchor Zhao Wen Bei.
One of the highlights of the show will be when local artistes, along with members of the public from all walks of life, join hands to complete a 500-metre long Chinese calligraphy work under the instruction of a calligraphy master. They will have to finish their task within two-and-a-half hours.
Ahead of the charity show, local artistes Rebecca Lim, Felicia Chin, Desmond Ng, Pornsak and Wen Bei attended the press conference held yesterday (March 1), where they shared more about their experiences with charitable work – be it volunteering at homes for the elderly during their free time, to giving money to a stranger on the street.
However, not all of their stories have had a happy ending, as Felicia and Desmond told us in separate interviews after the press conference ended. While they had only the best intentions when they were doing good deeds, their kindness was taken advantage of.
Read on for more.
02 Mar 2018
How Desmond Ng’s money ended up funding a stranger’s cigarettes
2015 GeTai Challenge winner Desmond, who will be singing at the Thye Hua Kwan Charity Show 2018 with Bonnie Loo and Mei Xin, along with 40 child beneficiaries from the organisation, shared that he expects to have a very “moving performance” with his co-performers.
Sharing that he goes to homes for the elderly every Chinese New Year to share the festive joy with old folks, he mused, “I think they’re a group that are left out more often. Perhaps it’s because the majority of people feel that children are adorable and pitiful, so this group might receive a bit more help. The elderly need our help too, which is why I’m more focused on this group instead.”
His kindness, however, hasn’t always been appreciated as he shared with us the one time an old man took advantage of him.
“At the time, I only had $5 or $10 on me. I encountered an old man who asked me if I could give him some money. I felt quite sorry for him so I gave all of it to him,” Desmond let on. “I didn’t have any money left on me, so I wanted to call my mum to ask her to give me a ride home. However, while I was walking around, I happened to see that same old man walk out of a convenience store with a pack of cigarettes in hand, so I felt a bit upset when I saw that.”
That, however, hasn’t deterred Desmond from doing his part for those in need, as he shared that you never know others’ true intentions, but that giving within his means is still something that he feels that he will continue doing in order to reach out to those who truly need help.
(Continued on next slide: Why did Felicia Chin give away a brand new coat?)
02 Mar 2018
Why did Felicia Chin give away a brand new coat?
Felicia, who will be part of the Chinese calligraphy team on the day of the show, admitted that she has yet to build up her confidence for the day itself. “I went for calligraphy classes before I started filming The Journey: Tumultuous Times, and at the time, my teacher also noticed that my hands aren’t very steady, which means I might not be too suitable for doing calligraphy work,” she shared. Despite this, she shared that she will do her best to improve her skills in the short time that they have before March 18.
As someone who has always readily done her part to give back to society, she quipped that “I might not even have known if I got cheated” throughout the years.
One incident, however, has left a lasting impression on Felicia as she shared that she went to Tokyo for a holiday years ago. “I was taking the train and got off at Shinjuku station. I saw a lot of cardboard boxes and thin mattresses outside the station, and there were a lot of homeless old people living there. Tokyo is a bustling city, so I never thought that I would see this happening there,” Felicia said.
She continued, “I saw someone who looked like he was about 70 years old, and he was lying down in his box shivering in the cold. He bundled up his belongings and used it as a pillow. On that day, I bought a coat which I really liked, but after I saw him shivering uncontrollably, I took it out and gave it to him.”
Not wanting him to feel awkward about her gift, she hurriedly walked away after handing over her coat. However, when she looked back after she walked some distance away, she noticed that he “rolled the coat up and put it with his other belongings, then laid back down and continued shivering in the cold,” she said with a wry smile.
“Many times, we have the intention of wanting to help a person when we do certain things, but their reaction may not be what we expected. Some people know that you’re trying to help them, but they don’t pay any attention to it. However, all this doesn’t matter as your own intentions are the most important when doing good deeds,” she concluded.
(Continued on next slide: Rebecca Lim’s soft spot for the elderly)
02 Mar 2018
Rebecca Lim’s soft spot for the elderly
Rebecca is no stranger to charity shows – in fact, in a previous interview, she’s mentioned that she looks forward to participating in as many as she can. This time, however, she will be unable to make it for this show as she, along with the cast of Blessings 2, will be in Malaysia for filming when the show takes place.
So packed is their filming schedule that they will only be able to take a day off to attend the Star Awards 2018 ceremony next month, and will have to promptly head back to continue filming immediately after.
Sharing that many of her loved ones have been stricken with cancer, she continued that that is the reason why she is very supportive of the Singapore Cancer Society. Additionally, because she was raised by her grandparents as her parents were often busy with work, she also has a soft spot for the elderly.
“I always feel bad for the elderly who are all alone. Some of them may have children, but their children never visit them,” she mused. The actress continued that she tries her best to spend time with these old folks, or buy them daily necessities. Her fan club, The Beckers Team, has also joined Rebecca in doing their part for the old folk, and even put up performances to bring a dash of extra cheer for them (she just volunteered with her fanclub last weekend).
“There’s only so much I can do as one person, but if there are more people who are willing to do (charity work) with me, I think it’ll really make a big difference to them,” she smiled.