BACKGROUND OF HOW RUNNINGHOUR WAS FORMED
Runninghour has been supported by Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) as a Healthy Lifestyle Club (HLC).
The inclusive running club was formed on 18th of April 2009 by a group of fitness enthusiasts. They act as buddy runners to special members who are mildly intellectually challenged every Saturday morning. The members are mainly students and ex-students from APSN (Association for People with Special Needs) and CFA (Center for Adults).
PURPOSE OF RUNNINGHOUR
By and large the avenues for persons with special needs who are mildly intellectually challenged, with IQ below 70 (the ordinary IQ level is above 100), to integrate into the mainstream are very limited. We recognise that with limited resources, we need to be focused in our efforts and approach in order to ensure that interest of persons with special needs as well as buddy runners are sustained and our objectives are achievable.
- Promote and provide support to persons with special needs in physical recreation i.e. mainly running
- Provide opportunities for persons with special needs to interact with their peers, ordinary youth and adults to build bonds and widen their social networks
- Promote and nurture independence in participation in mainstream activities. Thus, we target persons who are mildly intellectually challenged and are able to participate in mass event
- Recruiting members who enjoy physical activities and in particular, running. This will ensure sustainability for both special members and volunteers