About Campaignends 31 Dec 2019, 11:59 PM
I am a living kidney donor, and my elder brother, Lin Hanwei is a living liver donor. We both are also very strong advocates of living organ donation and hope that more people will be aware of living organ donation. Most importantly, we hope that more will step forward to be donors for the many patients in need of transplants.
In 2010, I read a news story about a little boy who was born with just 1 kidney, and it was malfunctioning. His mother gave him one of her own kidneys, but the transplant failed due to a rare complication. In desperation, the family put out a call on social media for a kidney donor for their child. I answered that call, and after 2 years of various tests and hurdles, I gave 1 of my kidneys to the child. He is now 14 and living a normal life like any other teenager, save for the regular medical checkups he goes to. For myself, my quality of life has not been affected at all. Completing this run will prove that a living organ donor can and will lead a full life after donation and dispel myths and misconceptions about living organ donation.
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.