RichCity Idol wins Nova Star Award for Innovation

Lorie Leung, Sally Poon and Natasha Jung accept the Nova Star Award for innovation on behalf of RichCity Idol. - Rob Newell
Lorie Leung, Sally Poon and Natasha Jung accept the Nova Star Award for innovation on behalf of RichCity Idol.
— image credit: Rob Newell

Since the inaugural show in the spring of 2004, RichCity Idol has become one of the Richmond School District’s most anticipated and recognizable annual events.

From the outset, passionate student leaders have organized the now decade-old event to showcase Richmond’s talented young singers.

Each year, a candidate from each of the 10 secondary schools come together to sing their heart out. Volunteer organizers gain valuable lifelong skills in event planning, while the singers gain performance experience and valuable feedback from a panel of judges from the music industry.

RichCity Idol has also helped raise nearly $22,000 for various charities including the Canadian Red Cross, B.C. Children’s Hospital, Ride to Conquer Cancer and CHIMO Community Services. In celebration of the 10-year anniversary, the RichCity Idol Endowment Fund in cooperation with the Richmond Community Foundation has been created to distribute scholarships to further the education of high school students that have contributed greatly in youth leadership and/or musical advancement in the community.

Natasha Jung, co-founder of RichCity Idol in 2004, said she’s most proud that the annual event continues to be true to its roots.

“This was created for and by students and a lot of alumni continue to be involved,” she said.

“Without their efforts it wouldn’t be possible to celebrate this honour.”

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