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Never too young to make a difference

Performers, organisers and others involved in Children for Children 2015 gathering on stage for a photo shoot with guest-of-honour Baey Yam Keng (middle of second row), Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

The children, all set to have a roaring good time at Universal Studios Singapore. For some of the kids, this was their first visit to the theme park.

Simorrah Nadya Seow (left), Primary 3, playing Shrek,a mythical character who travels through time, talking to Ginny played by Chloe See, Primary 4, about how she can make a difference in the future of her country.

A tap dance performed against a backdrop which showcases how generations have benefited from change over time in Singapore.

The CHIJ (Kellock) performers showing through contemporary dance what life was like during WWII in Singapore.

The Rhythmic Gymnastic performance which uses hoops, balls and ribbons, to tell the story of 'Once Upon A Singapore'.

The children waiting eagerly for the Madagascar - A Crate Adventure ride at Universal Studios Singapore, to begin.

Participants having a big thrill on the Enchanted Airways ride at Universal Studios Singapore.

The audience was treated to a concert which included a tap dance, choir, gymnastic and dramatic performances.

The three girls playing three aunties (Malay, Chinese, and Indian) chatting about their transition from kampong living to living in an HDB flat in 70s Singapore, are Primary 4 pupils, Shanise John David, Trisha-Ann Tan Shi En and Preesha Magandharan.

Guest-of-honour Baey Yam Keng receiving a token of appreciation - a sculpture of a girl sitting in the midst of the little red dot that she proudly calls home - from CHIJ (Kellock) performers, Tan Li Ann and Chuang Weng Yee, Nadine. Looking on is Magdalene Chin, principal of CHIJ (Kellock).

Liew Shu Mei Jacynthe, Primary 5, singing the introduction to When You Believe.

The CHIJ (Kellock) choir’s rendition of the song When You Believe (from Dreamworks' 1998 animated film The Prince of Egypt).

The cheque for the S$150,000 raised was presented to the Sing50 Fund at the end of the performance. From left: Serene Goh of the Sing50 Fund Board of Trustees; Belinda Yew, assistant vice-president of communications at Resorts World Sentosa; Magdalene Chin, principal of CHIJ (Kellock); guest-of-honour Baey Yam Keng; Alvin Tay, editor of The Business Times, and Jennie Chua, chairman of the RICE Company Limited’s board of directors.

EXCITED shouts and peals of laughter filled the air at Resorts World Sentosa on Nov 17, when 700 under-privileged children revelled in a day spent at the Universal Studios theme park and enjoyed performances mounted by pupils of CHIJ (Kellock).

It was a really belated Children's Day treat, postponed from October because of the haze.

The annual charity event, called Children for Children, was organised by CHIJ (Kellock), The Business Times, The RICE Company Limited and Resorts World Sentosa; it was instituted in 2008 as a way for children to reach out to their less-advantaged peers.

Previous editions of Children for Children have taken place at the Singapore Flyer, the Underwater World Singapore and the Singapore Zoo, but for the past few years, participants have delighted at being given free rein in Universal Studios Singapore and riding on the roller-coasters there. For some, it was their first visit to the theme park.

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Aside from the trip to Universal Studios, the pupils took in contemporary dance and tap dance performances and were entertained by the choir of CHIJ Kellock.

There was also a drama performance along the SG50 theme, which told the story of a young girl travelling back in time to the founding of Singapore at its key historical moments.

The production had a multimedia backdrop of visual and audio clips, and featured characters such as a a beggar scavenging for food to feed her family and a housewife who was relocated from her kampung home to an HDB flat and had to adapt to a new way to hang out her laundry.

Preesha Magandharan, 10, who played the role of the housewife, said she hoped to perform again next year, because she believes in showing her less-fortunate peers that people do care for them, and that they are not alone.

CHIJ (Kellock) had taken about half a year to conceptualise the whole show and then to rehearse for it.

Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng was the guest of honour at the event, through which S$150,000 was raised through contributions from individuals and companies.

CA Technologies was one of the top donors with its gift of S$15,000; other large donations were made by CWT Limited and OSIM International.

After deducting the day's expenses, the remaining money will go into the Sing50 Fund, a private-sector initiative supported by The Straits Times and The Business Times. The mission of this fund is to preserve and celebrate Singapore's music heritage.