Charity show host once again

Charity show host once again
Adelyn Koh (with her mother), who has been described as the darling of the President’s Star Charity show, will be its co-host for the third year.

Three times is set to be a charm for 12-year-old Adelyn Koh, the host of this month's President's Star Charity.

Adelyn, who is visually handicapped, will return to co-host the annual live TV fund-raiser on Oct 20 - her third turn as mistress of ceremonies since 2011. She will co-host with MediaCorp actress Joanne Peh and TV host Soo Kui Jien.

"I'm not nervous at all. I'm just glad to be doing it again, because the whole point of the President's Star Charity is to raise funds for the needy and I'm more than happy to be part of this," she says.

The young musician made headlines last year for selling CDs of her own piano compositions to raise funds for her eye surgery. She was born with Peter's Anomaly, a rare congenital eye disease that gave her opaque corneas.

She had an artificial corneal transplant on her right eye last November, followed by one on her left in May.

On her eyesight now, she says: "If there's a triangle, I can pretty much make out that it's a triangle, but I still have to feel it to be 100 per cent sure.

"Now, I just need to train my eyes and do patch-training, which is where you wear one eye patch to train the nerves of the other eye."

To be held at MediaCorp's TV theatre, the President's Star Charity is an annual live TV show which raises funds through song-and-dance performances.

The show, now in its 20th year, is part of the President's Challenge umbrella, an annual series of events by various organisations to raise funds for charities chosen by the President.

This year's charity show will aid a total of 55 beneficiaries, including Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association, Down Syndrome Association, Handicaps Welfare Association and Asian Women's Welfare Association.

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