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A Run For Light

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In an effort to raise awareness for the visually impaired, Run For Light 2015 was held on 17 January at Gardens by the Bay South.

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Run for Light 2015 was held at Gardens by the Bay to raise awareness for the visually impaired. (Photo by VoxSports)

A global initiative created to bring the community together to support one another, and to contribute towards a common goal of helping the less fortunate, participants turned up wearing neon yellow shirts and ran along the Marina Bay with their families and friends.

This time round, the run was aimed at aiding the visually-impaired community, with donations going to the Guide Dogs Association of the Blind in Singapore (GDAB).

The 5km fun run was the main race of the event. Guest-of-Honour, Mr Desmond Lim, Minister of State, flagged off the race at 6.30pm.

The race was unique in the sense that participants could gain an insight into the lives of those who were visually-impaired.

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Participants gained an insight into the lives of those who were visually-impaired during the run. (Photo by VoxSports)

Besides being blindfolded while partnered with a guide, runners also experienced running in darkness, especially towards the last two kilometres, when the sun was setting. Only at the finishing line were they afforded some respite, with the area being well-lit.

Raine Ng and her sister Ashley Ng came to the run to show their support for the GDAB.

“Overall, it was quite fun. The place was beautiful especially when we got to see the sundown from the barrage, there were kites flying and you can see so many runners wearing the neon yellow shirts running,” Ashley Ng said.

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A sea of neon yellow shirts during the Run for Light 2015 event. (Photo by VoxSports)

41-year-old Isabel Nyoe took the chance to gather her family and sweat it out together.

“I think this is a good family bonding, it is our first run together and the girls did well. They ran ahead of us while we adults were taking our own sweet time walking,” Nyoe said.

Nyoe’s daughter, Faith Kang, shared that the run was fun for her and she enjoyed it a lot.

“The 5km was not tough at all, I was very energetic and complete it,” the 12-year-old said.

Dog Walk 2015 was also held as a pre-run event earlier on at 5pm, where pet owners brought along their dogs and walked them at Gardens by the Bay East.

The event ended with a blast with performance by several local bands at the race village. Vendors also set up booth ranging from food, beverage and accessories for participants to purchase while enjoying the live performance.
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