About Campaignends 31 Dec 2019, 11:59 PM
Avid Singaporean Ultra Marathon runner Yong Yuen Cheng, 43, shot to public prominence when he ran 2,500km in 50 days, from April to June last year. That's 50km per day - and it's actually 125 rounds around a typical 400m stadium track. Together with fellow ultra runner Lim Nghee Huat, the duo had then ended their 2,500km running feat - by lighting the SEA Games torch on the last day of their epic run.
Ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary feats. I was physically weak and sickly when I was young. I was also not good at sports. I worked very hard to be an ultramarathon runner and a PE teacher. Some of the milestones I have achieved include winning 2 200km or more races n 1 100-mile race, completing 250 km of continuous running, running 50 km for 50 consecutive days, kayaking and dragon boat round Singapore.
I believe that anyone can succeed if he or she works hard enough and persevere through the obstacles and setbacks that are along the way. In seeking success, do remember our friends, help the less fortunate and give back to the community.
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.