Needy teens get free tickets

For 10 Jay Chou fans, getting to watch their idol sing and dance in the flesh held special meaning.

These disadvantaged teenagers, mostly from low-income, underprivileged families, received free passes to watch Chou's concert with their family members, thanks to local telco, M1.

They are beneficiaries of Beyond Social Services, a charity for disadvantaged youth and children, which M1 has adopted.

Two of the teens, sisters Tan Xue Li, 16, and Tan Xue Le, 12, enjoyed an additional privilege - a private meet-and-greet session with the Mandopop king backstage.

"Jay Chou looks very handsome in person," a clearly starstruck Xue Li told The New Paper on Sunday. "This is the first concert I've ever attended. The special effects were fascinating."

Added Xue Le: "When I told my friends I was (going to meet Chou), they were really happy for me."

Mr P. Subramaniam, M1's chief marketing officer, said: "We work with our adopted charities to offer interesting experiences and Jay Chou's concert is, without doubt, the biggest and most exciting event this festive season."

Mr Gerard Ee, executive director of Beyond Social Services said: "It is a wonderful opportunity for youths to appreciate that despite our many challenges, life has its unexpected pleasant moments."