(Left) Peranakan songs that have not been heard for a while being played at the event. (Below) From left, Shireen Lim who helped with designing collaterals for the musical fundraising, Baba Alvin Yapp who organised this fundraising and Tay Kewei who played the ‘erhu’ and sang for the night too. Photos by www.PhotoInc.sg

SINGAPORE – “Assisi Hospice Charity Event – A Peranakan Celebration of Favourite Local Music” has raised some $34,000 to date, for the hospice. The event was held on Jul 18 at the Joo Chiat home of Baba Alvin Yapp. (CatholicNews mistakenly called him “Alvin Ng” in “Doing good with passion” in our last issue. Our apologies to Mr Yapp and others inconvenienced by our mistake.)

Thirty-nine-year-old Mr Yapp, a parishioner at Church of the Holy Family, is a Peranakan antique collector who has been a volunteer at Assisi Hospice for some 20 years.

Last year, he organised a Peranakan musical charity and raised about $50,000 for the hospice.

Mr Yapp said the principal behind this “community project with friends and family” was “for individuals to make a stand for the charity, to talk to their friends about it and pledge for items as a group”. This would allow the charity to be “shared” and for more people to learn about the hospice’s works.

At the same time, people can “introduce their friends and family to an evening of Peranakan music where non-Peranakans can learn about the culture and Peranakans can reacquaint themselves with their roots and heritage”.

Mr Yapp shared that in the last two years that he has been doing this, he has “met many wonderful and kind individuals along the way” and expects to continue to use his passion as a collector of Peranakan antiques to make a difference in society.

By Joyce Gan
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