Participants at the SGX Bull Charge 2013. (Photo by VOXSPORTS)
Over 8,000 participants from the various corporate organisations took part in the 10th edition of Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) ‘The Bull Charge’ Charity Run, with more than $3 million raised from the event.
The 5-kilometer route started from the F1 Pit Building which stretched all way to the finishing point, the Marina Bay Floating Platform. The fund raised will benefit four charities, and will also go towards the benefit of the autism society and the needy families in Singapore.
The esteemed Guest-of-Honour, Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam, presented bull figurines hand-painted by beneficiaries to the six Diamond sponsors of The Bull Charge, before flagging off the race for a record of 8,000 runners.
Magnus Bocker, Chief Executive Officer for Singapore Exchange said, “We’re very happy with the increasing number of participants in the race each year. We had 6,000 last year and to have more corporate organizations joining us this year is just fantastic!” Mr Bocker was also happy that the weather was fantastic for a memorable occasion like this.
Besides the race itself, the Marina Bay Floating platform was also filled with tents that catered to the VIPs, with the corporate tents busy promoting some of their new policies.
Before the prize presentation ceremony, the crowds were dazzled by the performance of Ngee Ann Polytechnics’ very own percussion group, Baracuda Batucada. This percussion group has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2004 and expanding its reach of members through countless performances at Orchard Road, Zouk and even China!
The main aim of this event was to allow corporate organisations to mingle with one another with a common goal of keeping healthy through sports.
Isa Andres, an associate from DBS Bank said, “This is my first charity race and I’m very happy to enjoy the race together with some of my colleagues. I support the idea of keeping healthy through sports because most of the time, we’re busy working in our office!”
While building up its reputation as Singapore’s only corporate charity run, The Bull Charge has also raised more than $21 million in total and benefited more than 50 charities over the past decade.
With such a remarkable support, the SGX Bull Charge charity run would definitely look to increase their publicity in the future and contribute back to the society as a whole.