Hit video features singers from 9 welfare homes

StarHub's remake of Kit Chan's iconic 1998 song Home has been a viral hit.

The video features singers from nine different welfare homes.

They all took turns to sing a small part of the song, some in English, some in their mother tongues of Tamil, Malay or Mandarin.

Although it took only three days to shoot the video, the process of bringing everyone together took far longer.

Ms Jeannie Ong, chief strategic partnership officer of StarHub, said that it took nearly six months - from February to July - to put everything in place.

The hope is that the video will spread a message of inclusiveness and inspire Singaporeans to care, share, volunteer and donate to worthy causes.

One of the performers, Muhammad Hafizzudin Hasanudin, 16, who said that he "jumped around the house like a monkey" when he was told that he was going to be featured.

"I was excited because I've always wanted to be a singer," said the former resident of Muhammadiyah Welfare Home.

He left the home at the end of 2013 and is now a student at Yishun Secondary School.

Another performer from the same home is Muhammad Nur Fatheen Zainal Abidin, 18.

The ITE College West student said: "It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"The fact that we are singing in a video for SG50 makes me all the more proud to be part of it."

This article was first published on August 8, 2015.
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