Team Singapore athletes pose for a photo with celebrity ambassadors and Minister of State for Health Chee Hong Tat (centre) during Run for Hope on Sunday. (Photo by Sport Singapore)
On Sunday morning, almost 10,000 participants took part in Run For Hope (RFH) - a family-friendly run aimed at increasing awareness and raising funds for cancer research.
For the first time in 23 editions, the event also featured Team Singapore athletes such as Shanti Pereira, Calvin Kang, Amiruddin Jamal, Dipna Lim-Prasad, Michelle Sng and Danny Yeo, as RFH 2016 Ambassadors.
Alongside media personalities Dim Sum Dollies and athlete-turn-actor Paul Foster, our Team Singapore athletes have been advocating for cancer awareness and supporting cancer research.
One of the posts by Michelle (second from left) in the weeks leading up to Run for Hope.
For Michelle and Danny, this event struck particularly close to home as they had both lost their fathers to cancer.
“My family lost my dad to cancer last year so when I was approached to be a part of this run, I thought it was such a great thing to do,” said Michelle.
“I’m not just running for my dad, but for a lot of other people, who have lost their family members or loved ones to cancer, and for those who are still fighting on.”
“It makes a huge difference to have the whole community here to fight together,” said the national high jumper.
Danny, who was the only swimmer in the pack, shared Michelle’s sentiments, highlighting that this was his “way of raising awareness for cancer research.”
“It’s very different for me because I hardly do any running and this is my first long distance run I’ve done.”
“Also, it’s pretty interesting to be just running with the masses and definitely, if there are other opportunities to do this in future, I might do it,” added the Singapore Management University student.
After the run, who better than our TS athletes to lead the participants in a cool down routine. Photo: Sport Singapore
The run was also graced by Minister of State for Health and Communications and Information Chee Hong Tat, and saw the participation of several corporate organisations, including Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore.
The event garnered a total of $431,000 and all proceeds will go towards the National Cancer Centre Research Fund.