College shows giving spirit

Quah conducting the Youth Big Band of Penang during the concert.

SENTRAL College Penang’s Magical Winter Charity Music Concert collected RM8,000 for victims of the recent Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami.

The funds raised at the event held at the Majestic Theatre in George Town will go to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency to help with rebuilding.

It was organised by students from the Computer Systems Technology and Business Management diploma courses in collaboration with the college’s Computer and Information Technology Club and Entre-preneurship Club.

Project manager Celine Moi said, “We wanted a meaningful event with a community service element.”

Fellow project manager Jason Yeap said the performance took five months to put together.

College principal Dr Chiang Geok Lean commended her students, saying their efforts would go a long way in reducing the suffering of victims.

She pointed out that the magnitude 7.5 earthquake on Sept 28 affected an estimated 2.4 million people and recovery efforts were now in full swing.

“Helping those in need is never easy but our students gladly gave their time and energy to a worthy cause.

“This effort is in line with the college’s mission to nurture students to be compassionate citizens leading meaningful lives.”

The audience was serenaded by festive and classic tunes by three groups including the Youth Big Band of Penang conducted by Jerome Quah.

Their set featured numbers like ‘Hot Chocolate’, ‘Deck the Halls’, ‘Havana’, ‘Feliz Navidad’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’.

The HYS Band under Tan Tsu Mei followed with ‘Accidentally Love’, ‘Mammamia It’s Abba’, ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ and ‘Cubano’.

The Boys Brigade 8th Penang Company under Kenneth Yeoh then enlivened the stage with ‘Circle of Life’, ‘Let It Snow’, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and ‘Merry Christmas Darling’.

A combined ensemble from the groups featuring Khoo Kai Wei closed out the concert with a number titled ‘You Raise Me Up’.

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