19 February 2019
TeamSG reaffirms their support for cancer research and awareness
Our athletes came together with over 6,000 runners for a common goal
Over 6,000 people participated in Run For Hope on Sunday (February 17), an annual non-competitive run jointly organised by National Cancer Centre Singapore and Four Seasons Hotel that aims to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
(L to R) Lim Jia Min (basketball), Faiz Aman (SportSG ambassador), Sasha Christian (wakeboarding), Christopher Cheong (swimming), John Yeong (SportSG ambassador) and Delvin Goh (basketball/(SportSG ambassador)
The run which took place around the Singapore Sports Hub was graced by Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Law & Ministry of Health Edwin Tong. A number of other fringe activities were also organised in conjunction, including stage games, entertainment and a free zumba session for participants.
Several national athletes as well as Sport Singapore ambassadors also participated in the run, including wakeboarder Sasha Christian, basketball players Delvin Goh and Lim Jia Min, swimmer Christopher Cheong and water polo player Lim Yao Xiang.
Said Christopher, who was participating in the run for the first time and dedicating it to his late grandfather: “It took a while for me to accept my grandfather passing away [from cancer] and this is my way of remembering him.”
Swimmer Christopher Cheong dedicated the run to his late grandfather.
“In fact, it doesn’t have to just be cancer, but any ailment or illness that people feel is a challenge in their life, they will definitely need the support of their peers and community. When someone suffers from cancer, it’s never an individual struggle – the friends and family that you have around you go through a lot of pain as well. So everyone coming out here to show their support and perform a simple act of just running together can be very important.”
It was also the first time that Singapore Slingers forward Delvin Goh was taking part in the run. While fortunate enough not to have had any personal encounters with cancer, using his influence as a Sport Singapore ambassador to create awareness for the cause was the most important thing on Delvin’s mind. “The reason we as athletes choose to become a Sport Singapore ambassador is also because of the power to reach out to more people, to give back to the community.”
SEA Games gold medallist Sasha Christian who has taken part in Run For Hope since 2016 remains steadfast in her motivation – to champion the cause for cancer awareness and dedicating these efforts to her late father. “I don’t think that the sporting struggles that we go through can even compare to that of those who are fighting cancer. After seeing my dad go through that kind of thing, it really put sports into a new perspective for me,” said Sasha, who will soon be part of a cancer support initiative led by athletes in collaboration with NCCS.
“Regardless of whether we’re talking about life or sports or relationships, I learnt that it’s not everything when we face challenges – we just need to make the most of it.”