The Women’s Wing (WW) of the People’s Action Party (PAP) and the PAP Community Foundation (PCF) have raised $250,000 in an online charity show for 10 nursing homes as part of their celebrations for Mother’s Day.
The Heart-to-Heart Mother’s Day Tribute and Charity Show (心连心母亲节慈善表演) brought together local performing artistes, members of the community, and Members of Parliament (MPs) to pay tribute to the mothers in Singapore while raising funds to help the disadvantaged and vulnerable in our society. The show was streamed live on the PAP’s Facebook and YouTube Channel on 8 May from 3pm to 5pm, with a diverse line-up of performances to bring cheer to the online audience.
Well known veteran performers Marcus Chin, Asmiyati Binti Asbah, and Sharon Shobana Vasudevan specially selected songs that dedicate love to mothers, while local songbird Joi Chua sang her famous crowd favourite “Watching the Sunrise with Me” 《陪我看日出》.
“Many mothers work very hard and sometimes go unappreciated. The charity show is a great way to thank them. The show will be helping to raise funds for ten nursing homes smaller in scale, which makes it even more meaningful for me. My mother has taught me to be resilient. She always encourages me not to give up – to push through and try my best. Because of her, I always try my best. It is a great value that she has instilled in me.”Joi Chua, Singer
Local filmmaker Royston Tan also partnered Women’s Wing Chairperson Mrs Josephine Teo to perform Hokkien-Mandarin song “One Half” 《一人一半》– the theme song from his film 881. Vice-Chairperson Indranee Rajah also took to the stage with beloved veteran performer Rahimah Rahim, performing the popular Malay song Written in the Stars (“Terukir di Bintang “). Members from the National Taxi Association and National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) also joined Dr Amy Khor and MP Yeo Wan Ling to perform K-Pop group Wonder Girls’ “Nobody”.
“I decided to sing a Malay song because Hari Raya is around the corner and I thought it would be nice to sing something that Malay friends can sing along with. The song is by Yuna, a Malaysian singer and composer. It is contemporary but at the same time has a bit of a retro vibe which I thought would appeal to all age groups. It is also a very romantic song.Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and National Development and MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC
My hope for mothers in Singapore is that they will always be loved and appreciated for all the things they do and the many sacrifices they make for their children and family.
Wearing my National Population and Talent Division hat, I also hope that we will have many more mothers in Singapore this year!”
The Founder and Director of Singapore Street Festival Annie Pek asked if I would like to sing with Minister Indranee Rajah and I thought, “Why not? This is a golden opportunity for me.” I am excited and grateful to them. I am also a mother. This event raises funds to help those in need, is like a celebration for all mothers, including myself. Therefore, I am honoured.”Rahimah Rahim, Singer
Organising Chairperson of the show and MP for Sembawang GRC Poh Li San expressed her gratitude for the support towards this initiative: “The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard on many nursing homes, especially the lesser established ones. Our initial target was to raise $200,000 and I am heartened that donations have exceeded the target. To see our local artiste community selflessly giving their time and so many of our community partners responding generously to this fundraising effort is heartwarming. We hope that this initiative will inspire Singaporeans to do more to help the disadvantaged and vulnerable among us.”
Sharing how the show is one of the many ways that the Women’s Wing rallies the community to do more for the vulnerable in the society, Chairperson of PAP Women’s Wing Mrs Josephine Teo added: “The Covid-19 pandemic has hit everyone very hard, especially when we think about our nursing homes – the not so well-known ones – have greater difficulty with fundraising. We hope that these donations will go some way to help them.”
Separately, a “Mummy & Me” photo contest was organised to invite members of the public to pay tribute to their mothers with their favourite photo.
I thought it would be meaningful to be able to play a part in a show that honours mothers in our midst. Mothers play an indispensable role in our families and societies. I decided to involve my daughter who loves to sing and to give her a chance to express appreciation to people who matter in our lives.”Desmond Tan, Minister of State for Home Affairs and Sustainability and the Environment, and MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
“It is a great way to pay tribute to all mothers while doing something worthwhile for the charities Women’s Wing is raising funds for. It is also a great way to bond with fellow branch chairpersons.”Chan Hui Yuh, PAP Serangoon Branch Chairperson
I have been volunteering with several organisations and always seize the opportunity to do my part for charity. The charity show is a great way to pay tribute to mothers and bring some cheer to everyone.”Marcus Chin, Singer
This is a worthwhile initiative to celebrate and honour our mothers across the island. We went through a list of potential songs, landed on two songs “Top of the World” by the Carpenters and “Fools Rush In” by Elvis Presley. Both songs are familiar and hopefully our mothers will enjoy them! I know mine would.”Rachel Ong, MP for West Coast GRC
I am happy to be part of the effort to give back to the community. I chose to sing ‘Neeyae Neeyae’ which means you are the fire in my heart. The song depicts the gratitude that a child has for his/her mother. It is a tribute to all mothers in Singapore on Mother’s Day.”Sharon Shobana Vasudevan, Singer
The amount of love a mother has for her children is immeasurable. I hope to bring a smile to all mothers and their loved ones on this special Mother’s Day tribute through my songs. ”Lee Pei Fen, Singer
Programme Line-up of Heart-to-Heart Mother’s Day Tribute & Charity Show
|3.00pm||Opening by Emcee Lee Pei Fen|
|3.05pm||Xinyao performance by Grace Leong, Sally Leong and Tan Ke Jia (guitarist) |
“Moon Walk” 《月色同行》 (Mandarin Song)
|3.10pm||Performance by Poh Li San, Grace and Sally Leong , and Tan Ke Jia |
“Evening Bell at Nanping Hill “《南屏晚钟》 (Mandarin song)
“Flowing Water” 《细水长流》 (Mandarin song)
|3.23pm||Performance by Sharon Shobana Vasudevan |
“You are the Fire in My Heart” (“Neeyae Neeyae”) (Tamil song)
|3.35pm||Performance by Rachel Ong (piano), Nadia Samdin, Chan Hui Yuh, Calvin Aw and Kenneth Yeo|
“Top of the World” and “Fools Rush In”
|3.50pm||Performance byIndranee Rajah and Rahimah Rahim|
“Written in the Stars” (“Terukir di Bintang”) (Malay song)
|4:15pm||Performance by Desmond Tan (guitar) and Kyra Tan|
“Loyal Brave True”
|4.20pm||Performance by Asmiyati Binti Asbah |
“White Rose for My Mother” (“Mawar Putih Untuk Mama”) (Malay song)
|4.25pm||Performance by Amy Khor, Yeo Wan Ling and representatives from the National Taxi Association and NTUC Women’s Executive Committee NTUC Union Leaders – Alice Huang Oi Lee & Susie Foo Cheng JuatTaxi Sisters – Evelyn Lam Sock Ha, Lim Din Hing, Chong Miaw Choo|
|4.35pm||Performance by Joi Chua|
“Watching the Sunrise with Me” 《陪我看日出》 (Mandarin song)
|4.40pm||Performance by Josephine Teo, Royston Tan and Eric Ng (guitar)|
“One Half” 《一人一半》 (Hokkien-Mandarin song)
|5.00pm||End of show|
- All Saints Home (Jurong East)
All Saints Home provides comprehensive and professional care services including residential care and respite care through its four nursing homes to elderly of all backgrounds. Started in September 2015, All Saints Home (Jurong East) has 194 beds including two dedicated dementia care wards with a total capacity of 98 beds to care for residents suffering from dementia. In addition, All Saints Home also provides day care, centre-based nursing and home care through their three senior care centres.
- Apex Harmony Lodge (Pasir Ris)
Established in 1999, Apex Harmony Lodge is a community committed to empowering lives affected by dementia. The lodge provides person-centred long term residential care, dementia day care service and
community care for young onset and early-stage dementia.
- Grace Lodge (Compassvale Walk)
Grace Lodge is a charitable home that provides shelter and care for needy, handicapped persons and the aged sick in Singapore regardless of race, religion, or gender. Public donations are used by the home to provide nursing care, medical care and therapy for its residents.
- Ling Kwang Home for Senior Citizens (Serangoon Garden)
Established in December 1983, Ling Kwang Home for Senior Citizens provides residential, respite, day care as well as integrated home and day care services to the elderly regardless of their race, religion and gender.
- Man Fut Tong Nursing Home (Woodlands)
Founded in a temple in Kovan area way back in 1969, Man Fut Tong Nursing Home’s current location in Woodlands was officially declared opened on 13 January 2002. Man Fut Tong provides a high standard of medical, nursing, rehabilitative, psychological, social and recreational services for easy integration of the individual into the community. It provides subsidised services, made possible through the support of donors.
- Moral Home for the Aged Sick (Jalan Bilal)
Set up by Singapore Chee Hoon Kog Moral Promotion Society in 1986, the Moral Home for the Aged Sick provides nursing care and physiotherapy services to 120 paying and non-paying residents.
- St Luke’s ElderCare Residence @ Ang Mo Kio (Ang Mo Kio St 23)
St Luke’s ElderCare Residence @ Ang Mo Kio is a residential care facility for elders who require round-the-clock nursing care and support due to health conditions. A senior care centre and day rehabilitation centre is sited on the same premises providing for elders with different care needs.
- Sunlove Home (Buangkok View)
Sunlove Home is a charitable home for the intellectually disabled and committed to improving and providing a level of care for the less fortunate. It also initiates and participates in community-based projects to meet the needs of the community.
- Sunshine Welfare Action Mission (SWAMI Home) (Sembawang)
Founded in 1986, Sunshine Welfare Action Mission (SWAMI Home) has grown from a 20-bedded to an established voluntary welfare organisation that provides an integrated nursing home care and community-based services which includes dementia day care, day rehabilitation, integrated home and day care, home medical/home nursing, and home help (meals-on-wheels and medical escort and transport).
- Thong Teck Home for Senior Citizens (Geylang East)
Established in September 2000, Thong Teck Home for Senior Citizens provide shelter and quality care to the aged and needy community regardless of race and religion. Currently, it provides in-patient nursing care to 182 residents, and day rehabilitative services for 50 clients including elderly with dementia, and community-based assistance and support service to over 58 clients.