Our Campaign Story

ends 20 May 2018, 11:59 PM

When I joined canoeing in Secondary 1, I first heard of the term "muscular dystrophy". I watched my seniors organize the event. I was in awe of the fact my super seniors could paddle for 24 hours.

Two years later, I watched my seniors organize another edition of the event. This time, I not only watched, I learnt. I was not in awe of their endurance. I was in awe of their effort and their passion in serving the community of muscular dystrophy patients. I was amazed by the impact they made, raising more than $32,000 for MDAS. I wanted to someday help muscular dystrophy patients as much as they did.

This year, I am in JC1. I was given the opportunity to be part of the main committee for organizing the 6th edition of the project. Throughout which, I have gained a comprehensive view and understanding of the life of a muscular dystrophy patient. I had the privilege of speaking to two admirable gentlemen, Andrew and Gareth. Despite being affected by muscular dystrophy, both of them show strength and verve in the face of adversity to continually grow and learn in their capacities. Andrew strives to design aesthetic greeting cards to spread joy to others, and Gareth hopes to represent Singapore in Boccia. I am inspired by their bravery in chasing their dreams.

Everyone should have a chance to chase their dreams, no matter what condition they are born with. Our project aims to empower them to do so, by funding their programmes.

Join us in helping this group of young champions.

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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