Singapore’s got talent, too, and they are not bound by age. The elderly of Toa Payoh and Old Airport got their fair share of the limelight as they showcased their singing talent at the COPE Idol competition held on 14 March 2009 at K-Box Cineleisure.
This annual event is an initiative of the Community Outreach Program for the Elderly (COPE) by City Harvest Community Services Association (CHCSA).
Partnering with South East Community Development Council (SECDC), CHCSA seeks to build meaningful friendships among the elderly through fun-filled outings and recreational events.
That Saturday afternoon, the hall was crammed by 110 talented elderly individuals and their passionate supporters. Each one was given party packs comprising a clapper, whistle, blower and mask. The joyful atmosphere gave the 20 contestants a healthy dose of morale and confidence boost. Stepping up the platform to sing their piece was certainly a triumphant moment for them.
Music guru Estella Chia and Project Superstar Chen Zhen Liang graced the occasion as judges of COPE Idol 2009. The overall winner, Tay Teck Chye, picked the perfect song which suited his vocal range. Runners up were Carol Titt Soo Naun (2nd place) and Amy Hee Yoke Yin (3rd place) who turned simple songs into a masterpiece that captured the hearts of the crowd.
In a video interview, contestant Foo Heok Kiow said he was very appreciative of the efforts of the CHCSA team. In spite of their busy schedules, they spent time caring for the elderly and engaging them in an unforgettable experience.
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The elderly group is anticipating an even bigger and better competition next year. They are already gearing themselves up by spending time singing along with their karaoke machine. Music and entertainment experts have offered to plan for vocal classes and with that, the contest will certainly rise up to the next level.