Run for Second Chances Movement
About Campaignends 30 Sep 2016, 12 AM
The Yellow Ribbon Prison Run is branded as a race to complete the distance, while bearing in mind the difficult journey ahead for ex-offenders. This year, a new 5km fun walk category will be introduced. The highlight of the activity will see runners given the rare opportunity to enter into Changi Prison Complex, the first in this part of the world. This activity attracts an estimated crowd of 10,000 annually.
As part of the run, every year, a series of festivities would be organised to enhance community engagement and outreach. Since its inception in 2009, the run has raised $675,000 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund. This year, the Run for Second Chances Movement will have each participating team formed by an ex-offender and 3 others who play a critical role in his reintegration journey. Through this, we hope to illustrate the importance of community support and how they are helping the ex-offender to overcome his challenges.
You can pledge your support to the teams. More information on the teams will be shared! Stay tuned!
Every year, more than 10,000 ex-offenders complete their sentences and are released from the various prisons and drug rehabilitation centres (DRCs). It is disheartening that ex-offenders have to live with the stigma of having served time behind bars when they are released from prison, one that can often be more punishing than the prison sentence itself. Many ex-offenders, once released, find themselves literally stepping into a second prison. This time it would be a prison with invisible bars, of suspicion, of mistrust and of discrimination.The best rehabilitation regime during incarceration is of no use if ex-offenders find themselves rejected at every turn when they are released into the larger community.Your generous donation to the Yellow Ribbon Fund will go a long way to help us fund rehabilitative and aftercare programmes, which are the supporting mechanisms to facilitate the reintegration of an individual back to the community and his family.
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