B-Boyz & Ballerina danced for charity

They came, they danced and they brought the house down on June 28 at the SPH Foundation annual charity giving on June 28.

The group of 19 dancers from Gorilla Crew, one of Korea’s hottest hip-hop dance companies, entertained a packed Esplanade Theatre in a hip-hop dance production called B-Boyz & Ballerina.

More than 300 children and youths from 20 charities were invited to the performance by SPH Foundation, which is also the presenter of the three-day performance which ran from June 27 to 29.

After the performance, SPH Foundation Chairman Dr Tony Tan presented a $200,000 cheque to Mr Edmund Tie, Vice-Chairman of Community Chest, Dr Kwa Chong Teck, Director of SingHealth Foundation and Executive Director of National Dental Centre Singapore and Associate Professor Denise Goh, Chairperson of NUH Children’s Aid Programme.

Some of the 20 charities provide special education, early intervention and rehabilitative services to children with special needs while others offer care and protection to young children and adolescents who are at risk due to neglect, abuse or poor family support.

This is also the first time SPH Foundation is extending its reach to healthcare programmes, like the Children’s Aid Programme under the NUH PatientCare Charity Fund, Listen and Talk programme at Singapore General Hospital Centre for Hearing and Ear Implants, and the Tooth Fairy Fund by National Dental Centre Singapore.

Speaking after the show, Dr Tony Tan said: “The children and youth of today will be our leaders of tomorrow. While our contribution to the charity programmes may provide some financial relief, I would urge all of us to pay a role in supporting the integration of the marginalised children and youth into the community. Our care and encouragement will help them see beyond the constraints of their intellectual and physical limitations, and family circumstances.”

The B-Boys, also known as street dancers, thrilled the audience consisting mainly of students and children, with their breath-taking dance moves, executing with precision and aplomb to heart-thumping hip-hop music.

The group of children which became instant fans, cheering and screaming each time the B Boys executed a difficult move on stage. And it was a bonus for these special children, who got to mingle and take photos with the cast at a reception after the show.


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