As The Carpenters put it in their song, “It’s yesterday once more”, Ipohites were taken down memory lane on Tuesday, November 28 during a concert entitled, “My Memory”. The musical extravaganza was organised by Kuala Lumpur Pop Orchestra in aid of the Dementia Society Perak. It was held at the Grand Ballroom of Syeun Hotel, Ipoh.
The night began with an orchestra performance of “Old Day Love”, followed by a rendition by ten singers. The first half consisted of songs such as The Last Waltz, Perhaps Love, Na Ge Bu Duo Qing and more by Eddie Yu, Alan Low, Janet Lim, Consio Chey, Irene Chuo, Diana Chow, Jane Chong, Mimi Koo and violin soloist, Kitty Cheung who played “Buliao Qing” and “Copacabana”.
The 500-odd audience were mesmerised by two 12-year-olds, Andrew Kuik (piano soloist) who worked wonders on the keyboard playing, “Love Story” and “Viva La Vida” and Rebecca Lim (flute soloist) who played “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” in the second half. Estee Pook sang songs by The Carpenters and “Memory” (Cats). The last singer was the evergreen Sean Ghazi. He sang “Unforgettable”, “Hujan Ditengah Hari” and “Sway”. The accompanying orchestra was led by Eugene Pook.
“I was the judge at a music competition recently. That’s when I discovered Andrew and Rebecca. I am truly impressed by their talents. So I invited them here tonight. They’ll go far,” said Eugene Pook.
“Out of Ipoh’s 700,000 population, an estimated 45,000 are above 65 years old. Of this number, around 3000 are diagnosed with dementia. Our dream is to have a model care centre for dementia, as a benchmark for our nation. It’ll incorporate day care, home care, support group, clinic, dementia specific residential care and therapeutic garden,” said Chairman of Dementia Society Perak, Dr Esther Ebenezer.
“Presently, a dementia day care building is under construction at Jalan Lang, off Padang Tembak, Ipoh. All proceeds tonight will go towards the development of a better tomorrow,” she concluded.
The night ended with a bouquet presentation to every performer and the handing over of a mock cheque to the society which came to a total of RM40,200, collected.
A worthy effort indeed.