Our Campaign Story

ends 28 Feb 2022, 11:59 PM

40km for $40K!

We are a group of old teammates from the Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) Swim and Water Polo Teams (1998-1999) who are coming together for the first time in 22 years to swim a combined 40km in one session to raise $40K for AWARE's Hope In The Dark campaign to fight against sexual violence in Singapore. We are targeting to hold this swim session in early December 2021. To those unfamiliar, 40km is 800 laps in an Olympic-sized 50m pool.

Most of us have been recreational swimmers since leaving Junior College, so this challenge will require some preparation and training for us to get to the required level of fitness to complete. We are coming together to raise awareness for an important cause - gender equality; and also to remind ourselves that when times are hard - to quote Dora from "Finding Nemo" - we have to "just keep swimming" and not give up.

The swimmers are:
- Benjamin TAY
- Cheryl CHUAH (+ husband, son)
- Darrell Ee (+ daughters)
- Deborah TAY
- Deborah LEE
- Eugene TING (+ daughter)
- Grace TAN
- Jason TEO
- Junyi LEE
- Nathan WU
- Nicolas WONG (+ daughters)
- Shyn Yee HO (+ daughter)
- Stanley TAN

Event day logistics:
- Russell EE

Please consider contributing to our fundraiser and effort! We are appealing for donors to donate $50 per lap, which is essentially $1 per metre.

We will share the location and date/time of our swim here once we have finalized the details.

Thank you very much in advance!

About Campaign

We all know someone who has experienced sexual violence-or else we are that someone. Every week, new incidents of sexual assault, workplace harassment or voyeurism are reported. It's sad, disturbing, frustrating.

This year, AWARE is redoubling our efforts to tackle sexual violence. We address the issue on many fronts - both attending to assault's aftermath, and proactively nipping it in the bud - because that's what it will take to effectively end it. We know this from a decade of running Singapore's only dedicated Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC).

Help us to:

- Ensure that SACC meets rising demand for its services. We receive some institutional funding, but it's not enough for us to keep up with the many survivors coming forward to receive trauma-informed support

- Empower members of the public to sensitively educate their children and support each other. We aim to expand our Birds & Bees parents' sex education programme and Sexual Assault First Responder Training

- Conduct important research into under-examined areas like tech-facilitated abuse

Let's focus on real change, and get closer to ending violence for good. All donations will be matched 1:1 by the Tote Board and government.

The above impact statements are for illustrative purposes only. All donations received will be used to support AWARE's programmes and services under the HITD fund.

About The Charity

The Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) is Singapore's leading gender equality advocacy organization. AWARE supports and empowers women on an individual basis and seeks to remove all gender-based barriers that prevent individuals in Singapore from developing their potential to the fullest and realizing their personal visions and hopes. It does this in three ways, namely, research and advocacy, education, and providing social services.

In 2016, AWARE won the Charity Governance Award 2016 for the Medium Charities/IPCs category.

The Charity Governance Awards, (CGA), organised by the Charity Council, aim to promote good governance in the charity sector by acknowledging the excelling work of charities, while inspiring others to emulate their best practices.

AWARE qualified as a candidate for the CGA by becoming a winner of the Charity Transparency Awards (CTA). The CTA recognises charities with good disclosure practices.

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