Our Campaign Story

ends 20 May 2018, 11:59 PM

I have spent a significant part of my life chasing strength and fitness. It just feels so natural to be able to move freely, and it only seems natural to want to train your body.

This project is always a reminder to me, to people like me, to anyone who can move freely, that not everyone is like us.

Muscular dystrophy is gradual muscle wasting and degeneration. It tears down muscles and leaves patients mostly disabled. They spend most of their time seated in a wheelchair or lying down. And there is no cure for it.

With the Hwa Chong Canoeing Team, I visited Muscular Dystrophy Association, Singapore, and had a first hand look at how muscular dystrophy patients lived.

They are disadvantaged, they are weakened, but whatever strength they lack physically, they make up for it mentally. With help and support from their family, from their friends, from MDAS, they can continue living with hope and determination. But it is not cheap to provide care and support for muscular dystrophy patients.

24 Hour Static Kayaking Challenge began as a project to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Singapore. This year, we are organising this event once more, and we are aiming to contribute more, by raising funds through donations, and through shirt sales.

So let us show our support for MDAS, and for all muscular dystrophy patients. If you are willing to, please donate some money through this fundraising campaign. Thank you.

When the muscles fail, the mind takes over.

About Campaign

It began with a mission: That those with muscular dystrophy (MD) should be able to enjoy the benefits of sports like we do. This is where we, the Hwa Chong Canoeing Team, come in. Our fundraising event, the 24 Hour Static Kayaking Challenge, was organised in 2011 to bring sports closer to those with MD through the sports subsidy scheme offered by Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) (http://www.mdas.org.sg/home/), the one charity in Singapore centred on persons with MD.

MDAS provides programmes, services and subsidies to maximise the quality of life of its beneficiaries. One way to improve the quality of life of its beneficiaries is to promote the importance of sports; its beneficiaries enjoy weekly sports sessions, subsidised heavily by MDAS.
This year, the 24 Hour Static Kayaking Challenge is back for its 6th edition. It will be held on the 19-20th May at the Star Vista, and we need your help to make our efforts go further!

How you can help
Buy a T-shirt: Do a good cause and get a brand-new dri-fit T-shirt! All proceeds from T-shirt sales go to MDAS's sports subsidy scheme, and directly benefit those living with MD. Visit the link here https://goo.gl/forms/JNDGqXq8psBm0u8o2 to place an order!
Pledge a donation by 20th May:

Donate now and bring sports closer to people with MD! All donations go directly to MDAS, and will not be used to offset event expenditure.

About The Charity

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore), MDAS, is a non-profit social service agency that empowers persons with Muscular Dystrophy and their families through programmes and services. MDAS is a full member of NCSS and a registered charity with IPC (Institution of Public Character) status.

Since our inception in March 2000, our mission is:
- To provide care and support to people with Muscular Dystrophy;
- To provide health and public education on Muscular Dystrophy;
- And to support medical research on Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a group of genetic physical conditions characterised by muscle-weakening and contractures. Persons with MD face challenges with activities of daily living, from flipping a page in a book, to toileting and bathing. Many persons with MD have to rely on mobility aids, especially a motorised wheelchair, in order to commute. There is currently no known cure for MD.

Your generous donation will go towards supporting MDAS's operating expenditure in providing programmes, services, all supporting costs for over 500 beneficiaries and sustain its operating activities.

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