Tens of thousands walk for a good cause

Some 70,000 residents took part in a nation-wide mass walk for a good cause.

The annual event, One Community Walk, involves 87 Community Sports Clubs at all constituencies.

The walk was flagged off at 87 locations by 74 Grassroots Advisers to the Grassroots Organisations (GROs) including 16 ministers, and 13 grassroots leaders.

Participants walked a distance of two to three kilometres.

They were encouraged to adopt a social cause and support local charities.

Acting Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean joined some 700 residents and volunteers at the walk at Pasir Ris West.

Walkers there helped raise funds for the Cerebral Palsy Centre.

Mr Teo said: “We are also trying to encourage people to volunteer, as well as to donate funds, because they are members of our community here. We also have some of our schools which are actively involved in programmes with the Cerebral Palsy Centre and we look forward to that.”

Over at Toa Payoh, residents were accompanied by their furry friends in the walk.

They walked their pets in an effort to raise public awareness on dog welfare.

The “Walk-Your-Pet” activity hopes to contribute towards the effort of rescuing stray dogs and organising pet adoption drives.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen joined some 700 residents in the 2-kilometre walk.

Source: CNA