Singapore, 8th October 2019 - To celebrate new life after cancer, 35 cancer patients and survivors from the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) will headline the Harmony for Hope concert on the 3rd of November 2019. This year’s Concert commemorates NCCS’ 20 years of saving lives and providing quality care to patients.Harmony for Hope aims to spread hope and joy through uplifting musical performances by cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, who are collectively known as The Recital of Joy Music Interest Group.Funds raised from the concert will go towards enhancing patient care services throughout all phases of a patient’s cancer journey and support the development of innovative and effective survivorship programmes. Through these impactful supportive programmes, patients and survivors can be empowered to live quality and meaningful lives. In addition, the funds will enable training of healthcare professionals to provide high quality supportive care to cancer patients, survivors and their families.
“We all know of someone who has been affected by cancer, and we all know how challenging the journey can be for patients and their loved ones. By performing in the Harmony for Hope Concert, our brave cancer warriors show us how joy and healing can be spread through music. Their enthusiasm has been infectious. We should all applaud and support them in their tireless efforts to raise funds for cancer support programmes,” said Professor William Hwang, Medical Director of NCCS, who will also be performing at the Concert.
Concert Highlights The Harmony for Hope Concert will present a delightful afternoon of musical entertainment of ukulele and vocal performances by cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers. Lending star appeal to the event is a guest performance by Benjamin Kheng, lead vocalist of home-grown band The Sam Willows. Cancer has been a topic close to Benjamin’s heart as he lost his mother to the disease when he was a child.The Harmony for Hope Concert aims to raise at least $80,000 in aid of the NCCS Cancer Fund, to benefit cancer care and survivorship programmes. Join us for an afternoon of uplifting and inspirational musical performances.Concert Details:Harmony for Hope 2019Sunday, 3rd November 20193.30pm to 5.00pmDrama Centre Theatre, Level 3, National Library BuildingTickets from $30 - $180 are available atwww.apactix.com/events/detail/harmonyforhope-2019. Please refer to the Concert programme in Appendix A.
Survivor stories Being patients and survivors themselves, the Recital of Joy Music Interest Group understands the difficulties cancer patients and caregivers go through and want to do their part to help. One member is Rohani As’ad, who was fulfilling her dream of getting a diploma in 2014 when she was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer at the age of 42 years old. Rohani had been through a lot. She was the main caregiver to her husband when he was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2006, and also cared for her elderly father who was ill. Two years after her father’s death, she was hit by the devastating diagnosis of stage 3 colon cancer.
Despite her arduous cancer journey, Rohani earned a Diploma in Business Administration with a GPA of 3.5 in 2015. She is now in remission and the 47 year old is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business.Rohani learnt to play the ukulele and sing after she joined the Recital of Joy Music Interest group, she has been performing with them for 3 years. At this year’s concert, Rohani will sing an original English song she wrote about cherishing the love and memories of the ones she hold near and dear. The song is titled “I Will Be Your Light”.
56 year old Lynn Tng fought aggressive breast cancer when she was diagnosed in 2016. She underwent surgery to remove the tumour before she started her chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. Lynn is a woman of resilience. While undergoing treatments, she continued as full-time caregiver to her elderly parents, especially to her father who had had suffered multiple strokes and prostate cancer. At the same time, she was helping with her father’s business. While she was receiving treatment at NCCS, she chanced upon the Recital of Joy music interest group in 2017 and roped her sisters, Celine and Kian to join in. The three sisters are a bubbly trio who bring much joy and laughter to the other members at their weekly rehearsals. The sisters will play the ukulele, singing and performing a dance segment at the Harmony for Hope Concert.
Lynn and Rohani (middle row, first and second from left respectively) with members from the Recital of Joy music interest group.
(From left) Lynn, Kian and Celine
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Appendix AHarmony for Hope 2019Sunday, 3rd November 2019, 3.30pm to 5.00pmDrama Centre Theatre, Level 3, National Library Building
ProgrammeOpening Address by NCCS Medical DirectorProfessor William Hwang
Opening of Our StoriesStand by Me / Madu & Racun / Ja JamboRecital of Joy Music Interest Group
Guest Vocal Solo值得勇敢 by Cayden ChangCayden Chang
Vocal SoloSeasons of Life by Yvonne CheongYvonne Cheong
Vocal GroupTo Love Somebody and Send Me an Angel by Recital of Joy Jam BandVocal SoloI Will Be Your Light by Rohani As’ad
Guest Vocal SoloBenjamin Kheng
Vocal Group我的未来不是梦SinaranFight Songby NCCS Staff
FinaleOne Voice & Recital of Joy Theme Songby the whole cast
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