Francissca Peter will serenade 500 fans in a charity showcase, writes Dennis Chua
FRANCISSCA Peter (or Fran as she is better known) is no stranger to musical showcases that benefit a good cause. After all, she is best known as Malaysia’s ambassador to international humanitarian organisation World Vision.
On May 19, at Ecoba in Menara Bata 2, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, Fran will entertain 500 fans in a three-hour showcase from 7.30pm.
The showcase, themed One Love, One Night, Save Lives, is organised by PT Foundation to mark its 25th anniversary. The community organisation provides information, education and care services relating to AIDS/HIV. It develops and runs programmes for people with HIV, sex workers, drug users and transgenders.
The foundation helps minimise the rate of infection of HIV/AIDS among Malaysians and provides care and support for people living with the virus and disease. It also works to reduce discrimination against the above people due to lack of information and ignorance.
Fran, who has supported the foundation from the start, says the number of people with HIV/AIDS is rising around the world.
“This is an alarming trend. The sad thing is many youths do not seem to care, because they are always out to ‘try new things’,” she says.
“While we cannot curb freedom of information, we have to raise awareness of the dangers of the illness and enlighten those who are still in the dark about it.”
As a World Vision ambassador, Fran has visited communities around the world with individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS.
“I’ve been to India and met youngsters with HIV/AIDS. They are loved and cared for by their respective communities, because of education and awareness about the disease,” she says.
“This is a good sign, but a lot more work has to be done, and most importantly, we must all realise that people with HIV/AIDS want to lead normal lives and contribute to society as best as they can.”
Fran cites sportsman and producer-actor Magic Johnson as a personality with HIV who has been active in American show business for more than two decades now.
“PT Foundation has always been in the forefront of helping people with HIV/AIDS lead productive lives like everyone else. This is why it is an organisation close to my heart,” she says.
“This is not my first performance in aid of the foundation. Last Dec 1, World AIDS Day, I serenaded shoppers at Sungei Wang Plaza, Kuala Lumpur.”
Fran’s showcase will see her perform most of her original songs such as Aku Hanya Pendatang, Sekadar Di Pinggiran and Kerana Terpaksa.
“But I’ll also sing some new songs which I recently penned, including songs dedicated to people with HIV/AIDS which will inspire them to reach for the stars,” says Fran.
The showcase will also be a treat for fans who missed her 25th anniversary concert in Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur last year. It will be hosted by actor and television personality Will Quah.
“I love working with Will because he is a natural entertainer. Besides, he is very knowledgeable,” says Fran.
Foundation chairman Hisham Hussein says proceeds will go to adults and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
The foundation has 64 full-time employees, six part-timers and 40 volunteers.
Tickets are priced RM120 (with dinner) and RM70. Details at www.ptfmalaysia.org.