A charity ballet in aid of Make-A-Wish Malaysia will be held on November 23 and 24 at Taman Budaya, Jalan Caldwell, off Jalan Raja DiHilir, Ipoh. The performance is presented by Ipoh’s premier ballet school City Ballet in cooperation with the Lions Club of Ipoh Evergreen. This is in conjunction with City Ballet’s 30th anniversary.
Make-A-Wish Malaysia is the 35th affiliate of Make-A-Wish International, a charity which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their human experience.
There are over 20,000 children in Malaysia with such medical conditions and since 2010 has granted 150 local wishes. It aims to grant 72 more wishes in 2014. Some of the wishes granted so far was to a 9-year-old who wanted to be a flight stewardess and was put through a training programme thanks to Malaysia Airlines.
The Charity Ballet anticipates to raise RM50k and the proceeds from the charity will benefit Perakean children who are in need of that little hope, strength and joy in their lives.
At a press conference to announce the charity event media personnel met with the cast of Alice in Wonderland who included Alice, played by Carmen Pang, the Mad Hatter played by Charles Pooley and the Queen, Jaime Chang. Later the cast in full costume distributed pamphlets at the Polo Ground.
Admission to the ballet is by donations of RM150, RM100 and RM60 with discounts for students and senior citizens. For further info please contact Witzi Leong at 012 508 8818 or City Ballet at 05 253 7114.
City Ballet Performing Arts Academy presented a production recently entitled, “We Love, We Care” at Dewan Leong Wan Chin, Perak Girls’ School in Ipoh. A total of 160 performers, ranging in age from 6 to 30 years old, were involved.
The two-hour production consisted of two parts. The first part was a ballet performance titled “Circle of Love”. It was a tale about friendship and love overcoming difficulties and tragedy. Jeremie Gan Wen-Jian, winner of the 14th Solo Classical Ballet Competition 2011, from Kuala Lumpur, performed with students of City Ballet Performing Arts Academy, Ipoh.
The second part was a musical entitled “Hairspray” a story made famous by Hollywood star, John Travolta. It was about an overweight, yet talented, teenager, Tracy Turnblad, who dreamt of being on her favourite TV show.
This charity production was to raise funds to acquire a medical vehicle for Klinik Lutheran, a charitable organisation that provides free healthcare services to the underprivileged in rural areas where medical attention is not easily obtainable. This vehicle will not only be used to transport medical equipment and supplies to rural communities but to serve as an examination room, especially for teenagers and women.
Klinik Lutheran is still short of its target of RM200,000 needed for the vehicle. Readers who wish to contribute can do so by contacting Phan, Chairman of Lutheran Church in Malaysia and Singapore, at 012-5757504.