Our Campaign Story

ends 20 May 2018, 11:59 PM

Through my short span of time as an Organising Team member of this event, I got to know two wonderful young gentlemen by the names of Andrew and Gareth.

Andrew and Gareth both have muscular dystrophy, but they have remained resilient and optimistic in the face of their condition. In my chat with them, I learned a little more about their daily lives, and their dreams.

Andrew attends Photoshop and Illustrator courses at MDAS, and hopes to one day start his own greeting card business, to make others happy. Gareth on the other hand enjoys sports and hopes to one day represent Singapore in the sport Boccia.

As a fellow youth, I was greatly inspired by the spirit they have shown, and the optimism they have in spite of their condition. These youths are a lot like us - they have their own dreams and passions, and work hard to achieve them. Moreover, I was also inspired by the work of MDAS - tirelessly working to raise the quality of lives of their beneficiaries, by hosting weekly sports courses, subsidising their transport fees, and providing specialised IT classes.

Ultimately, while I often bemoan the amount of time spent on this project, I am reminded of the human element of my work whenever I meet Andrew and Gareth at MDAS. And this is what drives each and everyone of us involved in this project - that there are human hopes and dreams depending on every dollar we raise.

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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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