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Our Campaign Storyends 31 Dec 2017, 11:59 PM
In Singapore, there are about 35,000 senior citizens, relatively healthy & living on their own with few kins or friends. Many are alone & depressed, without relatives & other friends to talk to. Some are illiterate & with little mental resource, they will just sit in the house alone, staring into space while waiting for another day to pass.
Simon has pledged to complete min 6 laps (each lap is 5 miles with 20 obstacles) in 24 hours, non-stop, during winter, taking his endurance to a new ultra-level.
This race will take Simon on a journey where at times, he will be alone facing physical, mental & emotional challenges. Today, Simon is blessed with family, friends & community around him, thus would like to take this opportunity to give back to the seniors, who are less fortunate.
During this campaign, we will provide regular updates from now till end of the race. Please help to spread the words to your friends.
The fund raising goal of $24,000 is derived from the number of hours that Simon will be in the race. His goal is not only to complete 30 miles but 100 miles. Should we reached the goal before the race, please continue to share the message. As the more you give, more seniors will benefit.
With your generosity, Lions Befrienders (Singapore) will be able to sustain & enhance the programmes to engage the seniors and allow them to age with dignity in the community close to their hearts.
About The Charity
At Lions Befrienders, our seniors' quality of life is of utmost importance to us. We provide friendship and care for seniors to age in place with dignity and community participation, enabling them to enjoy meaningful and enriching lives during their golden years. Close to 90% of the 5,800 seniors we serve live in one/two-room rental flats with little or no family support.
Since inception in 1995, we have served more than 17,000 seniors with the help of more than 3,000 trained volunteers. By 2030, about one in four residents would be 65 years or older and the number of elderly people living alone is likely to increase to 83,000, up from 35,000 now. Hence, with expectations to run new services and more eldercare facilities in the near future, this could raise our annual operating cost from $3.6 million to an estimated $5.5 million in 2016.