Our Campaign Story

ends 20 May 2018, 11:59 PM

Hi friends of HCanoe,

This is the story of 24hr Static Kayaking Challenge.

But it goes further back, to when I first joined HCanoe. I didn't like what I first saw. I felt, without clear vision and emphasis of developing character, an intensely competitive and individual-based sport seem to exacerbate the growth of self-serving attitudes. I was determined not to let HCanoe go further down that path. Mission.

Fast forward two years later, in 2010, I felt we were ready, I suggested to the team about doing an SL project. 24hr was born. My aims were simple:
1. Transfer their drive and energy from working only for their own goals, to serving others.
2. Learn how to work with each other and with external parties, forging soft-skills like cooperation and communication.

5 editions and 120 hours later, same purpose, but another new group of students running the show. I always liken our team to an onion, growing patiently, layer by layer, on the basis on the good work of their seniors. We evolved from the "masochistic self-torture model" of paddling 24hrs by ourselves, to one that aims to bring the HC and Canoeing communities to do good together.

The story of 24hr is the story of my vision for the students who made HCanoe part of their journeys in JC.

80+ teams had since signed up for the day-hours Team Challenge and all 100 Dusk-to-Dawn slots were taken up by brave souls seeking to challenge themselves further. Please be the wind to our sail to keep us moving for 24 hours.

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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