Having a ball of a time giving back

Having a ball of a time giving back

Instead of playing video games this school holiday, Matthew Chua has been hard at work juggling clubs and perfecting his act for the ChildAid 2013 concert.

Even though he has a jam-packed rehearsal schedule, Matthew, 15, does not mind putting in the effort as he thinks that it is important for underprivileged children to know that they have support from others in the community.

He says: "I feel good taking part in ChildAid because I can finally start giving back to society after all the help I've been receiving."

The annual charity concert Child- Aid features child performers who aim to raise funds for other needy children.

For the first time, this year's concert features circus acts such as juggling, stilt-walking and stunts performed in mid-air.

This year's show, the ninth, takes the theme of "carnival" in four segments linked by the music of French composer Camille Saint-Saens. The piece in question is The Carnival Of The Animals.

Matthew is part of Circus Infinity, an 11-member troupe comprising special needs youth and youth at risk from the Salvation Army, Katong School and Metta School circus arts groups. The three groups train under the tutelage of contemporary circus arts company Circus In Motion.

Besides juggling, they will perform an array of tricks including stilt-walking and diabolo manipulation to the accompaniment of orchestral music during the Ferris Wheel segment.

Another of its members, a 15- year-old who wants to be known only as Pei Wen, will be walking on stilts during the show's prologue.

She says: "There are some tricks that can be done while on stilts, such as jumping or hopping, but this time I'll mostly be walking."

"Although I'm used to the height, I still get a little nervous every time I put the stilts on," she adds.

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