In Aid of Children

There are many funds and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) in aid of children issues or causes around in Asia, even in Kuala Lumpur. However, not many are targeted towards providing funding or support for poorer children to learn the various art forms – be it acting, singing, painting and etc. Personally, I hold all art forms in the highest regard because I think it is an essential component of humanity. Art, in its diverse scope, provides a universal platform for all of humankind to bridge their differences to enjoy each other’s culture, heritage and even history. Sometimes, art in itself, can also become a healing catalyst in one’s life.

Music, for example, is food to my soul. I really cannot imagine my life without the existence of music. I listen to sombre music when I am sad, as if it is better equipped at articulating my depressive emotions. I pump it up and loud when I need to motivate myself to run that extra mile in the gym. And when I need to silence the crazy dialogue in my head, and write – I play my “chill-out” music. While driving in the car, I let it rip – from opera to trance. Yes, without music, I might even go starking mad.

This is why it makes me really happy to find that there is a special fund that is dedicated to giving poorer children the opportunity to learn and discover their artistic talents or interests. This is what Child Aid Asia Fund aims to accomplish. I love it that their domain name is called, “The Smile Team”.

CAA KL

The idea of the Child Aid Asia Fund Kuala Lumpur originated from a belief and conviction that children with artistic potential and a strong interest should not be deprived of the opportunity to develop their talents because of their economically disadvantaged background. The Fund was initiated by “The Smile Team”, working in collaboration with “The Actors Studio” and “Young Choral Academy”.

The Child Aid Asia KL Fund has been set up to assist and enable artistically talented and inclined children, and young adults between the ages of 5 and 20 years, who are hindered by socio-economic circumstances, to develop their artistic talents in the performing arts (and the visual arts as well).

The Fund is currently affiliated to similar entities in Singapore such as “Little Arts Academy” and Japan’s “Little Creators”, with similar initiatives being formed in Indonesia, Philippines, China and India. By working together towards a common cause, this network of affiliates will be able to provide a regional platform to showcase the talents that have been developed in the various countries.

So, there is an inaugural concert that will be held from 31st May to 2nd June 2013 at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center. The 3-day event will include performers from Malaysia as well as from their affiliates in Japan and Singapore. It is organised by the “Child Aid Malaysia Committee”. There will be more than 10 acts, including 3 acts from our friends in Singapore and 2 from Japan. These talented young performers share the same interest, that is to help other children who are less fortunate, so that they too can have an opportunity for an “artistic” education.

This fundraising concert and talent show was started by the “Budding Artists Fund Singapore” in 2008, and has grown to be a successful platform to raise funds for various activities, as well as increase the awareness of the plight of the economically disadvantaged children with regards to any education and training in the arts.

To learn more about the concert, please go here.

For more information on the tickets, please go here.

Tickets are available now for a minimum donation of RM 60, from the KLPac’s Box Office and Ticketing Centre (+603-4047-9000), or online.

Child Aid Asia

I know where I’ll be come 31st May 2013.

It’s all for a good cause.

I sincerely hope that those who reside in the Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya area will come support this cause. Bring your friends, families and especially, your children along. I am sure it will be fun.

Lastly, please do help spread the word and share this with as many people as possible. Let us all help make it possible for these less fortunate kids to realise their own artistic dreams.

Thank you so kindly and have a splendid Saturday.

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