By Aaron Lim
GEORGE TOWN: The CHANCE Charity Concert, organised by Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC) final year Public Relations and Advertising students raised RM7,000 for Malaysian Resource Centre for Hearing and Speech-Language (MARCHES).
The concert, which was held at Loft 29, Church Street Ghaut, Penang aimed to raise funds for the association as well as to increase awareness towards those with speech and hearing difficulties.
More than 300 audience attended the event, which also featured an informative exhibition on hearing and speech impairment.
Organising Chairperson, Tan LiGang said the event gave them the opportunity to contribute back to the society in a very special way.
“We are glad to gain public support for this event and we hope the funds that have been collected mostly through the ticket sales will be able to assist MARCHES to provide better services to those in need,” he said.
“In line with our tagline, We Care, Help, Assist N’ Create Enjoyment, we also hope the audience have enjoyed the performances prepared for them,” he added.
The 3-hour concert featured a variety of performances, including appearances by local celebrities – Juztin Lan, Adrian Lee and Nick Kung.
MARCHES President, Poh Boon Fong said the association was honoured to be chosen as the beneficiary of this project, as well as collaborating with the students.
She explained the difficulties faced by the hearing and speech impaired community, which includes low job employment, lack of confidence and poor working performance.
“This charity concert has also provided a gift of communication to those with speech and hearing difficulties,” she said.
HCUC Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Jenny Khoo said that this was the first major event to be held after upgrading to the university college status, and she praised the students for their efforts in making this event a success.
“No amount is too big or too small to do something good towards those who are less fortunate,” she added whilst encouraging all to do charitable acts. Also present was CHANCE Charity Concert event advisor Wahida Asrani.
MARCHES, which is a non-profit organisation founded in 2012, is dedicated to providing assistance towards underprivileged individuals with speech and hearing impairment.