They staggered towards her with ripped clothes and “blood” dripping down their legs.
However, Miss Heng Buck Hong did not flinch at the sight of the “zombies”. Instead, the 56-year-old laughed and even gamely cupped the face of one “zombie” who had tried to scare her.
Miss Heng and 13 other residents of the Singapore Red Cross Home for the Disabled (RCHD) were at West Coast Park on Saturday for the special Walk-and-Wheel segment of the zombie race Run For Your Lives.
RCHD is the sole beneficiary of an online donation drive organised by race organiser Action X.
This is the second time the 5km fun run has been held this year. It was brought back by popular demand and held in conjunction with Halloween.
There were over 5,000 sign-ups this year and participants could choose to be either a survivor or a zombie.
Survivors started the race with three flags strapped to their waist. Their goal was to finish the race with at least one flag while dodging the zombies who would try to snatch the flags.
For their special segment of the race, RCHD residents did not have any flags, but braved the zombies in a customised 1km route while being wheeled by volunteers.
River Valley Primary School student Careis Hung, 10, who was the youngest of the 80 volunteers present, said she enjoyed “volunteering and talking” to the residents during the race.
Like a few other volunteers, she joined in the fun by smearing fake blood all over her neck and face to look like a zombie.
Careis was there with her aunt, administrative executive Carol Tan, who is in her 40s.
“It’s nice to spend time with the residents. I’m glad they had fun despite the warm weather,” Ms Tan said.
The blazing heat, which hit a high of 34 deg C in the afternoon, did not stop participants from enjoying themselves.
Lab technician Teo Yee Ling, 21, said she hoped that maybe next time, the event could be held at night so it would not be so hot.
“It will be more thrilling to have zombies chasing you in the dark,” she said.
Some participants even wore costumes for the race. National University of Singapore student Clement Tan, 24, was decked out in a clown costume, complete with a wig and a fake red nose.
He bought the attire just for this event and took about 30 minutes to finish his makeup.
Similarly, accountant Sebastian Wee, 32, wore a skeleton costume.
He said: “It was all in the name of fun. Running in typical sports attire would not be as exciting.”
This article was first published on October 27, 2014 in The New Paper.
A series of animal portraits by eight-year-old Tyler Tan takes pride of place at an exhibition called “Finding Home”, alongside works by 15-year-old Dylan Alexander.
The show is organised by the OCBC-TODAY Children’s Fund and the paintings will be auctioned off for charity, with all proceeds going to the Singapore Children’s Society, to help disadvantaged children.
Tyler said his pieces are inspired by his love for animals and a longing for a dog. “I like art and I want to help the children,” he added.
Dylan, who tries to capture the essence of nature in his work, used coffee to create one of his paintings.
“As I understand, there are quite a number of children who either come from disadvantaged families or whose parents are separated. And I guess that all of these is very much for them and supporting them and guiding them,” Dylan said.
The exhibition runs from now till Nov 14 at OCBC Centre Branch at Chulia Street. The OCBC-TODAY Children’s Fund aims to raise S$1.5 million annually and the bank has pledged to contribute S$1 for every S$2 donated by members of the public.
A new initiative to help needy residents visit clinics and hospitals for medical check-ups and treatment will soon see more volunteers coming onboard.
Keat Hong Constituency’s ‘Care on Wheels’ currently relies on 14 resident volunteers, and six more are expected to join. The goodwill service by Keat Hong residents involves volunteers, many of them taxi drivers, shuttling residents with limited mobility to and from hospitals and clinics.
The initiative was officially launched on Sunday (Oct 26) at Keat Hong Shopping Centre by Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin during his Ministerial Community visit to Keat Hong, which is part of Chua Chu Kang Group Representation Constituency (GRC). With him were Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Dr Amy Khor and Advisor to Keat Hong Grassroots Organisation, Zaqy Mohamad.
Minister Tan also helped kick-start the adventure interest group in Keat Hong by abseiling down a HDB block as part of “Project Cliff-Hanger”.
This is one of the key highlights of the Family Fiesta at Lam Soon Community Centre Hard Court, the second stop of Mr Tan’s ministerial community visit. It is hoped that Project Cliff-Hanger will attract the younger families living in Keat Hong.
Over over 5,000 people, including wheel-chaired participants, took part in the second edition of a zombie run called Run For Your Lives (RFYL) Singapore on Saturday at the Grand Lawn, West Coast Park.
Timed to coincide with Halloween, the run had a special Walk-and-Wheel segment for Run For Your Lives’ adopted charity – the Singapore Red Cross Home for the Disabled (RCHD).
14 wheel-chair RCHD residents, accompanied by volunteers and nurses, had an opportunity to navigate through a customised one-kilometre route against the zombies.
Laurence Goh, council member of the Singapore Red Cross, said: “It is great that the residents get to enjoy themselves and live their lives as normal as possible, beyond the home.
“This is an excellent collaboration and we are very grateful for this second opportunity to join RFYL. We hope for more companies to be as charity-minded like them,” Mr. Goh said.