Old age not keeping Cheng away from acting for charity


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 20 Feb 2003

BY LAM LI

KUALA LUMPUR: Spending her twilight years in an old folks home has not turned Cheng Kuan Chin into a pessimist. 

On the contrary, the 77-year-old Cheng has a positive outlook of life and her cheerful personality holds up the spirits of inmates at Ti-Ratana Old Folks Home in Taman Salak South here. 

It came as no surprise when she was nominated to perform with a group of artistes from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia for a charity concert at the Sunway Lagoon Resort grand ballroom come March 7. 

POSITIVE OUTLOOK: Cheng is excited by the prospect of a one-minute stage fame for the concert next month.

The concert is to raise funds for the home and other charitable organisations in town. 

Cheng said: “I have a sore throat and I am losing my voice. How am I going to sing along with the artistes on stage?  

“Can I play the role of a clown on stage instead?” 

Staying a block away from the old folks are children of the Ti-Ratana Orphanage which caters to children aged between six months and 13 years who live in a three-storey bungalow that doubles up as a home and a Buddhist temple. 

Rev Bhagya Jayabann, one of the caretakers, said the two homes depended heavily on public funding for maintenance, healthcare and development. 

As such, contributions from the charity concert featuring, among others, Ewong Yung Hung, Poon Sau Keng, Hoy Jun Kit and local artiste Datin Ong May Lene would come in handy for the homes. 

The charity concert will have 160 tables available for patrons. 

Charges for each table of 10 start from RM2,800 and above for a silver table, RM4, 800 and above for a gold table while a platinum table is RM8,800 and above. 

Other beneficiaries of the charity concert are Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia, Rumah Kebajikan Guan Imm Lin, Da Yen Buddhist Temple and Library Foundation and the Fatt Wah Temple Foundation. 

More information can be obtained from imagineKL Sdn Bhd at 03-7880 3878.  

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