More than 1,000 runners came together to raise S$130,000 in donations and participate in an event showcasing camaraderie, sportsmanship and generosity, at the fourth annual NUS Bizad Charity Run, held on January 11, 2014.
A major annual event to kick-off a new year, NUS Bizad Charity Run brought the School community together to raise funds for student bursaries and two external charities: Camp Vision, that serves and empowers underprivileged, at-risk youths in Singapore; and the Casa Raudha women’s shelter.
The 10K competitive run and 5K fun run took runners through the beautiful NUS Kent Ridge Campus. Henry Kibet finished first in the 10K race, in which most runners took part.
In addition to running, participants enjoyed grooving to the performances by the Platform Gap, Audrey Lim, and NUS Lindy Hop.
The guest of honour, Mr Yam Ah Mee, an MBA alumnus who is well known for his role in giving out election results, also participated in the 5K run. “It’s really wonderful to come back and participate in a charity event like this,” he told Outside-In. “I understand that the run has raised much more in donations than its initial target. Kudos to the team! I strongly encourage all alumni and their friends to participate next year and break even more records, as this is for a very noble cause.” After sharing a few remarks with the enthusiastic crowd, Mr Yam also joined in the fun, along with Dean Professor Bernard Yeung.
The NUS Bizad Charity Run 2014 stands apart from previous editions, mainly due to the spirit of community bonding and support. The organisers received donations from people near and far who have no connection to the business school. The event is organised by alumni volunteers from NUS Business School Alumni Association, and students from the Bizad club, who came together just to give back to the community.
“This event provides a good platform for alumni to do their bit for their fellow students and the community. We are proud of our past record and hope to keep this tradition of giving back going and growing,” says Mr Simon Phua, President of the NUS Business School Alumni Association.
Race day also had some inspiring moments. Mohammed Shariff, better known as the ‘Singapore blade runner’– he was born without a left foot – took part in the 10K run for the second consecutive year. It’s a privilege to watch him run – a living testament that you can defy all odds in life through passion and perseverance.
The oldest participant, Chan Meng Hui, who turns 84 this month, also ran in the 10K race. What keeps him going? “To date, I’ve run 97 marathons, but this run is tougher because of the uphill and downhill, the staircases, etc. For fellow senior citizens who I hope will feel inspired, I’d say live a good quality of life, eat healthy, exercise and have the will-power, discipline and endurance,” he says.
The youngest participants in the Charity Run were two nine-year-olds who took part in the 5K run, along with youngsters from Darul Orphanage.
For a charity like Camp Vision, that works hard to empower underprivileged youths to achieve their dreams, the run means more than just receiving donations. Some 13 youths from the charity participated in the 5K run, a first for many. “I’ve come here to support our charity and run for the young kids. This is my first time running and I look forward to testing my own stamina and health. I believe one should never give up in life and keep going, so my personal goal is to finish first in the 5K run,” said an excited high school student Mohd Shazwar Bin Nur, just before lining up for the 5K flag off. He was among the first 50 to finish the fun run.
Care is one of the School’s core values and the NUS Bizad Charity Run started out with one simple goal: raise funds for the needy to give back to the community. But over the years, the event has not only accomplished that goal, it also unites and inspires the School community to make a larger impact each year.
View highlights of the event here. Inspired to participate next year? Get more information about the run here or contact the organisers here. To view more photos from this year’s run, please click here.