Walking for a good cause

15 December, 2013   Abel Khoo

Participants at Let's Take A Walk 2013. (Photo taken by Running Shots)

 Over 800 participants showed up at the Let’s Take A Walk (LTAW) annual event. The endurance walkathon is organised by a group of volunteers in Singapore which follows the motto of ‘walking for a good cause’. In total, the event raised $52,000 for the Melrose Home and Raleigh Society.

LTAW differs from other large scale marathons as it prides itself as a small-scale initiative and a flagship event of Raleigh society. This year’s LTAW was held over 14th to 15th December and it was joined by Guest-of-Honour, Shariff Abdullah Peters, also known as the “Blade Runner”. He acted as an inspiration to others to keep up the walking pace. Shariff is currently and advisor of Team Singapore and frequents different kinds of marathons around Singapore to serve as an inspiration.

“Being disabled does not mean we must always be the beneficiaries. We can also chip in to help the children at Melrose Home,” said Shariff Abdullah Peters. Shariff received news that his youngest daughter had been diagnosed with cancer in November. Despite this, he remains committed to support this walkathon. He actively promoted LTAW to his mobility-impaired athletes peers and even roped in Navy serviceman, Jason Chee, who was injured in a ship accident, to flag off LTAW.

“Let’s Take A Walk seeks to encourage Singaporeans to give themselves a personal challenge, be it the 10km, 50km or the overnight 100km walk. None of us are paid to organise this event but we strongly believe in making a difference for a good cause.” said Yang Tiong Hock, Chairperson of LTAW Organising Committee 2013.

“We hope Let’s Take A Walk will be a fun and memorable event for all participants. Through Let’s Take A Walk, we also hope to inspire others to push their personal boundaries, to ‘pay it forward’ by joining us to organise future events,” added the Chairperson.