ComChest’s Heartstrings Walk raises S$1.3m in donations

A record S$1.3 million was raised at the Community Chest’s Heartstrings Walk on Sunday morning.

ComChest said the money collected is the highest amount raised through the event in the last 10 years.

The donations will be used to help over 300,000 people, including children with special needs, youths-at-risk, persons with disabilities, lonely and frail elderly and families-in-need.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean flagged off some 6,000 participants for the four-kilometre charity walk which started at Marina Bay Sands.

124 participants also took part in a 57-storey vertical marathon at the Marina Bay Sands hotel, with the iconic Sands SkyPark as the endpoint.

In the men’s category, Jayanta Ng Weiqiang came out tops with a time of 7 mins 9 seconds.

In the women’s category, Jamie Bond took the first spot with a time of 9 mins 55 seconds.

Participants from Keppel & Offshore Marine were the fastest team in the corporate category, with a combined time of 24 mins and 26 seconds.

The Community Chest aims to raise S$72.3 million this year to support 82 charities in running 219 social service programmes.

This article was first published on CNA