About Campaignends 31 Dec 2019, 11:59 PM
Relay Majulah is a ground-up initiative to form a 200-runners team to conquer 2,000km over 200 hours (2-10 Nov 2019) to raise funds for President's Challenge and its 67 supported charities; and to commemorate Singapore's 200 years.
I'm currently a research assistant in Duke-NUS graduate medical school and I'm running for the marginalised communities in Singapore and in the region. A couple of years ago - when the Rohingya crisis was at it's peak - I travelled to Aceh, Indonesia to work with Rohingya's displaced by the conflict. Working with a local NGO, I visited three refugee camps in an attempt to hear more about their stories and how I as a Singaporean can help.
Unfortunately, the refugee camps were shut down not long after I've returned home and the refugees were granted asylum in the USA. But the experience has left a deep impression on me and I turned my efforts to other marginalised communities in Singapore. It turns out that there isn't a need to look far. I've since volunteered at Healthserve as a clinic assistant serving migrant workers and I'm currently under going training as a clinic assistant with Action for Aids, Singapore.
These hidden communities are all around us. And just like what we're doing in this Relay, any effort (no matter how small) goes a long way in improving the lives of beneficiaries of the 67 charities.
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
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.