Our Campaign Storyends 07 Sep 2020, 11:59 PM
Everyone faces their own pains, but we don't have to go through it alone. Suicide is a taboo subject in society that many often refrain from talking about and yet, it is the leading cause of death for those aged 10-29.
The LAST Running Team in Singapore is trying to draw attention to these issues by supporting Samaritans of Singapore (SOS). SOS provides confidential emotional support for those facing a crisis, thinking about or affected by suicide. With this fundraising campaign, we hope to contribute to a better future.
As part of our fundraiser for SOS, we will participate in what is called The SpeedProject (TSP). TSP is a global, decentralized event from The Speed Project. Starting at 7 PM Singapore Time on September 5, 2020. We'll have 31 hours and 15 minutes (the standing TSP record) to run as many kilometers as we can, relay-style.
Participants in this relay run are: Jonathan Chan, Wei Wen Cheah, Joel Seah, Mun Kong Seow, Cory Lehman, and Michael Lints
About The Charity
Founded in 1969, Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) is the leading suicide prevention agency in Singapore. Secular and not for profit, we provide 24-hour confidential emotional support to individuals facing a crisis, thinking about or affected by suicide. Through our programmes and services focused on suicide prevention, intervention, postvention, we hope to provide timely support to those in distress.
From 2016 to 2021, an average of 402 lives were lost to suicide in Singapore annually. This equates to more than one suicide death per day. With discussions surrounding mental health and suicide prevention more prevalent than ever, now is the time for us to make a change together.
WHAT YOUR DONATIONS CAN DO
With a 17.4% increase in the number of hotline calls answered and a 120% increase in the number of CareText messages replied, your donations will be important in helping SOS to match the rising demand for support amongst at-risk individuals across Singapore.
A donation of $1,000 can help SOS train our volunteers to take up 190 hotline calls, 290 CareText chats, or further support our CareMail platform or counselling sessions. Beyond enhancing our programmes and services, your donations will also allow us to continue providing our resources free of charge to those who need it most.
All funds donated will be dedicated towards SOS' enhancement and expansion of services and infrastructure. SOS also reserves all rights to pledge funds toward our Signature events.