To the tune of charity

  • Education
  • Sunday, 22 May 2011

STAMFORD College’s School of Media Studies and the Student Council jointly organised a talentime contest recently to raise funds for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

A total of 12 contestants were shortlisted from 22 entries and participated in the contest, dubbed “Limelight”, which saw heartfelt renditions of jazz, pop, and ballad songs.

Some budding singers even sang their own compositions, while others displayed musical talents on the violin and guitar.

Mass Communication student Amanda Charmaine Murthy, 22, took home the first prize of RM300 for her rendition of Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You.

Amanda, who admitted she had never gotten involved in any of the college’s past events, jumped at the chance to get involved in the competition after hearing that it was for a good cause.

“It felt really good knowing that we could sing for a good cause. It sort of felt like American Idol Gives Back, as there were judges, and all the proceeds were going to charity,” she said, adding that it was a tough competition.

“The other participants were pretty awesome. I didn’t expect to win, but I sure hoped to!” she said.

Meanwhile, Justin Dass and Mohd Naim Jelani from the School of Hotel Management were the runners-up for their duet of a love song medley.

Business students Kevin Raj Vellarlan and Irish Rubine captured the audience with their duet of a love song in Tamil.

The event’s organising chairman, Media student Daryl Isaac Nair, said the idea to raise funds through a talentime came about as a class project for the Public Relations subject.

“We first started it as a fun thing but then brought in the collection of funds for the Japan victims as an augmentation to the project. Students need to be aware of the many difficult circumstances that people in other countries face.”

Daryl added that he was confident that students at the college would support the event as it was for a good cause.

Students, staff and guest donated generously to the fund as the collection box went around.

The collection for the project continues at the college before the amount is donated to the Japanese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

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