Edelman for Mercy Relief's Ground Zero Run
by Edelman Public Relations Worldwide
for Mercy Relief
Our Campaign Storyends 01 Aug 2016, 11:59 PM
In 2015 alone, natural disasters killed more than 16,000 people in Asia Pacific, with some 59.3 million displaced or severely impacted.
While it is feels distant to us here in Singapore, we can nevertheless do something about it.
At Edelman Singapore, we are supporting the Mercy Relief Ground Zero Run for Humanity on 14 August 2016. While some of our staff will be taking part in the 5km and 10km races, some of us will be raising funds internally and externally, and some of us will dabble in both!
The FIRST humanitarian charity run in Singapore saw more than 1200 participants took part on 14 August.
The first and non-competitive category, 5KM Relief Aid Challenge, portrays a survivors experience to obtain urgent supplies. During disaster relief operations in the acute relief phase, Mercy Relief distributes aid to survivors. Some come from remote areas and walk through harsh terrains for hours, to relief distribution points to collect relief packs filled with emergency supplies.
Participants will take on a similar challenge as they carry a relief pack weighing 5 to 7kg for an intense 5KM distance of sand and path. Tag teams of two are allowed in this category, in which team members can take turns to carry the relief pack to complete the 5KM race.
All relief packs from the event were be distributed to local families in need to mark Mercy Reliefs observance of World Humanitarian Day.
We would like to thank all our Partners, Sponsors, Participants and Volunteers for making Ground Zero Run for Humanity 2016 a huge success.
Headquartered in Singapore, Mercy Relief was established in 2003 to respond to human tragedies and disasters in Asia Pacific.
Today, we are a leading independent disaster relief agency in the region with dedicated leadership, capacity building expertise and an affiliate network operating across the entire disaster management cycle.
Mercy Relief provides emergency aid within 72 hours of an appeal in the aftermath of a disaster. Our longer-term sustainable development projects aim to uplift and empower communities in five key areas: water and sanitation, shelter, sustainable livelihoods, healthcare and education.
For the past decade, Mercy Relief has responded to more than 56 human tragedies with more than $32.5 million in relief across 24 countries. We have implemented more than 50 sustainable development initiatives and impacted an aggregate of over 2 million lives.