THE Love + Help charity concert in Penang raised a tidy sum for the Pertubuhan Kebajikan Seri Cahaya, with the help of local artistes Fuying and Sam.
The pop duo from the Klang Valley provided the star billing that swelled crowd numbers to several hundreds, ensuring the welfare home for old folks and underprivileged children benefitted in excess of RM3,000.
Loudly cheered on by legions of adoring fans, they said it was important for public figures like them to lead by example and do their part in bettering society.
Hence, when the invitation to perform in the concert organised by INTI International College Penang’s Diploma in Mass Communications students came up, they obliged.
“It feels that lately, there have been a lot of negative happenings. So we wanted to spread some positive vibes. We can be role models for youngsters and show that, even as individuals, you can still help society in your own way.
“Even the smallest deed can make a difference to another person,” said Fuying after the recent concert held at the City Light auditorium in Church Street Ghaut, George Town.
Echoing those sentiments, Sam said: “We hope this encourages more people to be charitable. It gives you joy and satisfaction.”
The duo are no strangers to Penang, having visited the state several times previously to promote their movies and albums.
Sam quipped: “We don’t get to come up often but every time we do, we’re bound to gain weight. We just love the food and our fans here are full of energy.”
They also reserved special praise for the group of students from INTI who put everything together, from those planning the event, down to those volunteering on the day.
The team was led by organising chairman Zack Koay, who said the aim was also to raise awareness for Seri Cahaya, as many people still do not know about the home.
“We felt the need to do so as some of the underprivileged children and old folks do not get the love and opportunities we take for granted.
“We also believe that each and every human being born into this world deserves a brighter future,” Koay said.
Funds collected on the night included that from the sales of tickets and games as well as sales of various merchandise ranging from food to souvenirs.
Other performances on the night included beatboxing by Jun Yan, music mash up by Hybrid, solo session by Joel Teh, dance routine by G’Force, and a number by children from the St Nicholas Home.