Run For Hope 2013, a non-competitive charity run, saw more than 11,000 participants take part in the 3.5km and 10km routes at The Promontory @ Marina Bay this morning, making for the largest turnout in the event’s 21-year history.
Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower, Mayor, South West District and Deputy Government Whip, showed her support by flagging off proceedings as the run’s Guest-Of-Honour. Dr Khor then joined the hundreds of families and supporters at the event to complete the 3.5km route.
All runners were encouraged to personalise their running bibs to share their reasons for supporting the run.
Through the run, over $465,000 was raised in support for cancer research at the National Cancer Centre Singapore. The total amount includes close to $25,000 that was raised by Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore, through separate fundraising activities in the lead-up to the event.
The proceeds from the run will go toward the NCC Research Fund, which helps to finance a number of crucial research projects conducted at NCCS in the on-going quest to find a cure for cancer.
National Cancer Centre Singapore Director Professor Soo Khee Chee said: “NCCS is expanding its depth and expertise on cancer through an array of research projects. The outcomes of many of these research projects have been recognised internationally in contributing to improved diagnosis, treatment and care for our cancer patients. We are pleased to see the NCCS moving closer towards its vision to be a global leading cancer centre with the support of our community.”
Members of the public are still encouraged to donate to the Run For Hope cause via www.runforhope.sg.