Running for hope

17 November, 2014   Julia Nga

Run for hope 2014

The 22nd annual Run For Hope event was held at The Promontory @ Marina Bay on 16 November, raising a total amount of more than $440,000. (Photo by VoxSports)

Run For Hope (RFH) is an annual run organised by Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, Regent Singapore and the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) to raise much-needed awareness and support for cancer research.

This year, a total of 11,000 participants, including cancer patients, survivors, families and supporters, came together with a single goal in mind, which was to run towards a cancer-free future.

The event comprised a 10km non-competitive run and a 3.5km family fun run/walk, as well as the 3.5km Executive Challenge which saw 18 corporate leaders taking part.

Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) such as Esplanade’s Mr Benson Puah, AIA Singapore’s Mr Tan Hak Leh, as well as Asiaworks Training’s Country Manager, Ms Lim Sok Bee, who is also Singapore’s first woman to command an artillery battalion, took part in the challenge.

Besides that, more than 500 Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers including the SCDF Commissioner Eric Yap were also seen at the starting line.

Run for hope 2014  
Part of the SCDF contingent that was participating in the Run For Hope 2014. (Photo by VoxSports)

Guest-of-Honor Dr Lam Pin Min, Minister of State for Health, graced the Run For Hope 2014 event and kick-started it with a “wefie”, before flagging off the run and joining the participants in the 3.5km family run/walk.

Two best friends Roslinah Katon, 41 and Hashimah Omar, 47, participated in the 10km non-competitive run.

Roslinah, who lost a loved one to cancer, was encouraged by the turnout she saw and hoped that such support will eventually lead to a cure in the future.

“I’m very happy this time, I saw a lot of young kids participating, families, its really good,” Roslinah expressed.

Run for hope 2014

Run for hope 2014

Many young children and families took part in the meaningful run this year. (Photo by VoxSports)

“Keep fighting, be strong and hopefully miracles would happen. Hopefully the research will break through and something will come up in the next few years.”

Jonathan Toh, 34, stole the limelight in the middle of the field as he came to Run For Hope with a tutu and a pink wig rather than the usual sportswear.

“Interestingly, it was actually a lot more comfortable,” said Toh.

Toh’s mother was a cancer survivor and he was able to relate to the people present as they shared their stories.

“Many people here have lost their loved ones and friends. But there are also the one that survived and that gave us hope that this is a disease that we can eventually beat one day,” Toh added.