About Campaignends 31 Dec 2019, 11:59 PM
Born without a left foot, Shariff Abdullah had to endure all sorts of taunting and snide looks during his childhood. Things got better when he was able to walk thanks to the use of a prosthetic leg. His world came crashing down in 2008 when an infection on his stump necessitated a further amputation of around five inches. Shariff contemplated suicide and fell into a funk. Inspired by South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, a double below-knee amputee and six-time Paralympic sprint champion, Shariff became Singapore's very own Blade Runner. His first race, in 2009, was a mere 2.5km. But at the end of that year, Shariff ran his first-ever marathon in the Standard Chartered Singapore race. Shariff is now a full-time athlete and motivational speaker.
I was born without a left foot and at 5 years old, I wore a wooden prosthetic leg. At 15-years old, I stopped school to help my mother to sell nasi lemak in the kampung and at 17-years old, I worked in a golf club as a caddy. Life has been challenging because of my disability but that doesn't stop me from pursuing my dreams.
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.