The inaugural Community Chest Getai-Xinyao Charity Concert 2018, held at the MPC@Khatib, saw over 2,000 residents, volunteers grassroots leaders, partners and social service users come together to celebrate giving in the spirit of SG Cares. Graced by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and other special guests, including Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development, this is the first time that Community Chest has organised an event of such scale in the heartlands.
By combining the Getai concept with the performance of Xinyao songs, Community Chest hopes to reach out to the community and rally them to build a caring and inclusive home together, through a lighthearted platform. Youth volunteers from Nanyang Technological University, BCA Academy and staff volunteers from SMRT Corporation Ltd also contributed their time to help out at the event, an example of how all members of the community can contribute in their own ways to support the disadvantaged.
The two-and-a-half-hour concert saw performances by young performers from Northland Primary School, and Xinyao classic songs by some of Singapore’s most well-loved Getai and Xinyao artistes including Liu Ling Ling, Cavin Soh, Desmond Lim and Edmund Chen.