About Campaignends 31 Dec 2019, 11:59 PM
I am a mother of 4 and a happy triathlete who fought many years of emotional turmoil. I led a normal life growing up until I ran into some problems and fell into depression. I got married some years later and went into post-natal depression. Problems escalated when I got retrenched. To top it off, I had become overweight and lethargic. I first took up running 15 years ago in an attempt to lose weight. It started with 800m. Then 1.6km, then 2.4km and before I knew it, I was running my first 21km. I then signed up for my first 70.3 half ironman. Triathlons became my life support. Everyone thought I had gone overboard in pursuing running because nobody knew of my condition. My depression reached a new peak and I became suicidal. My first ray of light finally came when I joined a training group. I met new friends who patiently encouraged me, and even joined me occasionally when I trained at odd hours. For the 1st time in 21 years, I felt accepted. I hope to pass this light and joy to others, and encourage them to know that there is always hope. Please join me in my attempt to encourage others.
About the Charity
The President's Challenge is an annual community outreach and fundraising campaign for charities selected every year by the President's Office. It is a call to all Singaporeans in doing their part in building a more caring and inclusive society. Initiated in 2000 by former President S R Nathan, the Challenge represents the coming together of people from all walks of life, to help the less fortunate. In 2012, under the leadership of former President Tony Tan Keng Yam, the Challenge was expanded to go beyond fundraising by including volunteerism and social entrepreneurship. In 2018, President Halimah Yacob announced a $10 million fund (Empowering For Life Fund) which will empower vulnerable groups through skills upgrading, capacity-building and employment. Visit http://www.pc.org.sg/WhoWeSupport to find out about the benefiting organisations supported by President's Challenge this year. 100% of the donations received go towards the charities we support.