Our 50th anniversary celebrations got under way with an event to give back to the community. The Bizad Charity Run 2015 saw more than 1300 staff, students and alumni of the School come together to raise more than $140,000 to support financially-strapped undergraduates, as well as help Assumption Pathway School (APS) students who do not qualify for mainstream education.
Now in its fifth year, the annual flagship event has raised more than $525,000 in donations. It serves as a major event that brings the School community together to start the New Year by contributing to a great cause.
The 10km and 5km runs took participants through beautiful, yet challenging, hilly routes of NUS Kent Ridge campus. Among the familiar faces at the event were Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, who commended the School’s spirit of sharing, and alumna Ms Lim Heem Wei, the first Singaporean gymnast to have competed in the Olympic Games, who flagged off the 5km run. Other participants included 85-year-old Mr Chan Meng Hui, the oldest runner, and Mr Shariff Abdullah, Singapore’s “blade runner.”
“This is my first time participating in the Bizad Charity Run. And it’s been very timely – with the SG50 celebrations, the School’s 50th anniversary and my graduation this year. It is heartening to see the entire community come together, in a spirit of sharing and giving,” says Ms Lim. “I’m going to miss university life, especially UTown. NUS Business School has been a great help and support to me to balance study with sports and make my achievements possible.”
To mark the School’s 50th anniversary, all participants were given a finisher’s medal bearing the School’s 50th anniversary logo.
“With the School’s 50th anniversary, we believe it is fitting to kick off the year’s festivities by coming together to pay it forward to the community. This year, our focus is to help underprivileged youths in Singapore achieve success. By donating to APS, we want to encourage students to dream big despite the challenges they face,” says alumna Chua Beng Hwee, Chairperson of NUS Bizad Charity Run 2015.
The event, organised by NUS Business Alumni (NUSBA) and the Bizad Club, and supported by the School’s Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) and NUS MBA Alumni Association, has a passionate planning committee comprising of 30 members who volunteered their time and talents for a worthy cause.
“I feel a great sense of pride when I see the deep level of commitment demonstrated by the Bizad undergraduates who work tirelessly alongside the alumni, to ensure this milestone event’s success. I’m also grateful to the alumni in the planning committee for giving their valuable time. It’s been a joy working on this event and I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the charge,” adds Beng Hwee, about her experience in organising the event.
In addition to the runs, there were performances, a photo booth display and lucky draws. Students from the APS culinary and baking school sold cupcakes at the event, and teachers and students from APS joined the run, in addition to volunteering for the event.
“The opportunity given to our students to participate in this run has helped reinforce character-building and resilience in them. It is also heartening to see the community come together to support a great cause that benefits them,” says Mr Eric Leong, Principal of APS.