Running for a Good Cause

SGX BULL CHARGE VIRTUAL CHARITY RUN 2020

October 2020 : Over the past 17 years, The SGX Bull Charge community has been playing a tremendous role in going the extra mile for beneficiaries. This year, they held their very own Virtual Charity Run where they transcended their collective target of 100,000km by over 150,000km 👏. Despite 2020 being a challenging year for everyone due to COVID-19, the impeccable corporate sponsors & individual donors have helped this charity fundraising from Singapore Exchange (SGX) raise $3.63 million in total.

Guest-of-Honour President Halimah Yacob witnessed the cheque presentation to Community Chest, through which all proceeds is to be channelled to the adopted beneficiaries for 2020: AWWA Ltd., Autism Association (Singapore), Fei Yue Community Services, HCSA Community Services and Shared Services for Charities.

SGX Bull Charge is the only corporate charity initiative that rallies Singapore’s financial community and listed companies to support the needs of underprivileged children and families, persons with disabilities, as well as the elderly.

In conjunction with this cause and helping beneficiaries lead a more positive, meaningful and comfortable life, Hatten Land (in the name of Genonefive Pte Ltd) has sponsored SGD1,000 for the 1,000km SGX Bull Charge Run for Singaporean ultra-marathoner, Mr Lim Nghee Huat who topped the leaderboard with 800km. Lim, who is a Chinese current affairs editor at Mediacorp, has been running to raise funds for charity for 14 years! Talk about being a good Samaritan huh! 👍 With the apparent fact on how the virus has affected our world, it has also impacted many runs this year. Hence, the need for runners to participate in their own time, whilst tracking their results and uploading them online, in order for it to be tabulated in a virtual leaderboard.

Lim explained that he had taken on the 1,000km challenge only after having done the calculations and concluding that it would be within his physical limits based on his past runs. If we take a closer look on Lim’s past achievements, this may not come as a surprise at all. A mere 800km would even be a record for a 14-day ultra-marathon run, especially in Singapore’s humid climate. In his recent interview with Nigel Chua (Stories of Us) he mentioned that running, to him, is like a gift and a lifestyle which he thinks should be practiced by everyone because exercise should be made a part of us. He also emphasised that events like these were phenomenal and he will need to recuperate with weeks of total rest so that his body can fully recover.

Professor Tan Bien Soo, academic chair of the Radiological Sciences Academic Clinical Programme, has also expressed his gratitude to Lim. They are more than honoured to have such an outstanding race runner like Lim, be an inspiration to continue igniting passion and rekindling the spirit for charitable causes. The ultra-marathoner emphasised that he is blessed to be able to run for good causes with tremendous support and encouragement since the year 2005, and hopes that this will spark more contribution and further motivate people to embrace physical exercise as a part of their lifestyle.

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