Veteran singer and actor, Ho Fung, and his artiste friends from Malaysia and Singapore, took some one thousand guests down memory lane in a charity musical concert at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel recently. The event, which was organised by Perak Society for the Promotion of Mental Health, successfully raised over one hundred thousand Ringgit, which will go towards the society’s fund to build a multipurpose hall. Construction cost is estimated at RM200,000.
The hall will be available for rent for social functions in order to generate income for the society, which currently runs a halfway house in Tambun. It is home to a hundred psycho-social disabled women. Mental illnesses come in many forms like depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies and could afflict anyone at any time.
At the function, Ipoh City Councillor Ir. Lai Kong Phooi, who represented Executive Councillor, Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, announced an allocation of RM3000 to the society as a token of appreciation. Lai personally pledged his one-month councillor’s allowance to the society.
“Ho Fung and his Troupe”, including charity queen Datin Maylene Yong, Choy Weng, Helen Lim, Fong Choi Yan, Chu Ai Fong, Yip Yoke Heng, Phan Mei Yuen and Mary Fong rendered oldies in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Even Ipoh socialite Datin Janet Yeoh, one of the advisers of the organising committee, was not left out of the action. She delivered two songs, one of them a duet with Ho Fung, to the delight of the guests.