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Singaporeans are getting more active these days, with many turning to walks in parks and long cycling rides to stave off the Covid blues.

If you’re out and about, taking a stroll to clear your mind or sweating off some WFH stress, why not consider signing up to walk and cycle for these charities and raise some money for a good cause at the same time?

Blessings in a Bag: Give the Gift of Safe Space

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Image Source: Blessings in a Bag

Blessings in a Bag is a community organisation powered by over 80 volunteers and generated by the love, kindness and generosity of Singaporeans and those that call Singapore home. It is a trusted community space where children from Singapore’s most vulnerable areas can be themselves, learn new skills and grow into confident, compassionate and kind young people.

On till Oct 31, BIAB’s Race for Safe Space is a virtual fundraising race challenge that brings together volunteers, ambassadors, fundraisers and supporters to get active for the entire month — everyone is welcome to participate!

100% of the proceeds will go to creating opportunities and space to build the dreams of the beneficiaries.

You can help make these dreams possible by walking or running 50km, cycling 500km or donating to one of the active fundraisers taking part in the event.

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Donations would help fund activities for children from needy families (photo taken pre-Covid). Image Source: Blessings in a Bag 

Founder Emily Teng tells The Pride: “While life with Covid remains uncertain, our Race for Safe Space fundraiser makes certain that at least 50 children from Singapore’s vulnerable neighbourhoods have access to a safe and trusted community space in 2022.”

“With your support, children and young Singaporeans between the ages of 6 to 18 can access nourishing food, meaningful mentorship and inspiring experiences every single week of the year!”

Singapore National Stroke Association: Stepping Out For Stroke 2021

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Unlike previous years’ walks, this year’s Stepping Out For Stroke will be held virtually. Image Source: Singapore National Stroke Association

Stepping Out For Stroke is the Singapore National Stroke Association’s annual fund-raising event for stroke survivors and caregivers in Singapore.

On till Oct 31, to coincide with World Stroke Month, a number of virtual activities and programmes are available to create awareness for the disease.

Participants can assist SNSA in raising funds by taking part in physical activities such as walking, jogging, and wheeling at their own pace throughout the month. If you prefer to support programmes for stroke survivors and caregivers, you can donate too!

Interested participants can register here. All registrants will be assigned to a team of 5 to 10 people. You can either establish your own team with your friends or register separately and you will be placed in one.

Attractive prizes will be given out to the best teams at the end of the month. The top three teams will receive $1,000, $800 and $500 worth of e-vouchers respectively. 

SNSA council member Jane Koe tells The Pride: “This is the second occasion that I have participated in Stepping Out for Stroke since joining SNSA four years ago. It has been great as my friends and I have formed a team and have thoroughly enjoyed the daily exercise! 

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Participants of SOFS Team Challenge at previous events. Image Source: Singapore National Stroke Association

“Not only has it created awareness of stroke for my friends, it also reminded us of the importance of exercise.”

Pop Up Pantry: Workout for a Cause

Workout for a Cause is an initiative by Pop Up Pantry in support of Breast Cancer Foundation Singapore to raise awareness for the disease during the month of October.

As its name suggests, Pop Up Pantry started as a simple pop-up stall set up by two women, Germaine Yap and Janice Goh, to help people affected by Covid last year. The duo have now expanded their volunteer activities to include different social causes like supporting hawkers, befriending the elderly and appreciating frontline workers like delivery riders and teachers.

Its fundraising initiative encourages participants to cycle 10 kilometres, swim 1 kilometre or run and walk 3 kilometres.

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If you are feeling ambitious, you can sign up for all three activities! These activities are easy to do and participants can attempt with a friend or a family member or just do it solo. Interested individuals can register here.

Germaine tells The Pride: “We encourage participants to sign up for #workoutforacause. it’s fun, it’s good for your health to take a breather to work out for a worthy cause whether with a friend, a family member or just solo. Breast cancer awareness is important even among young women, we need to spread the message as early detection can save lives!”

Singapore National Eye Centre and Singapore Eye Research Institute: The Eye Run / Cycle 2021

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Image source: The Eye Run / Cycle 2021

The Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and Singapore Eye Research Institute’s (SERI) Eye Run/Cycle 2021 is the first virtual fundraising event for VisionSave.

Launched in 2016, VisionSave aims to provide financial assistance for needy patients with sight-threatening diseases, educate people in the areas of saving sight, develop long-term understanding of eye diseases and solutions and support research and innovation in the field of ophthalmology.

All contributions from this campaign will go toward developing innovative ways to detect, diagnose, and cure eye problems in the future. It will also aid in the training of healthcare personnel to suit patients’ ever-changing requirements.

Set your own running, cycling, or walking distance goal. You can do it alone or as part of a socially distanced group of two to 10 participants.

, Five ways to walk, run and cycle for good in Oct and Nov

All participants of the Eye Run/Cycle will receive:

  • A $50 Rudy Project cash voucher for the first 1,000 signups (valid in Singapore only)
  • A Finisher T-shirt
  • An E-certificate of Achievement
  • A Finisher Medal (Optional @ $10)

For more information, visit the official website here.

Runninghour and Singapore Turf Club: Run for Inclusion 2021

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Image source: Runninghour

Runninghour is a running club with a difference, promoting integration of people with special needs through running. Open to all, the club has participants who are mildly intellectually challenged, physically challenged, hearing challenged and visually challenged joining in with the help of running guides.

This year, its Run for Inclusion 2021 intends to promote integration and foster an inclusive Singapore by using mainstream sports as a platform. And it’s being held at the Singapore Turf Club.

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Participants at Run for Inclusion 2020 Image Source: Runninghour

Says John See Toh, co-founder of the movement: “Runninghour strives to provide a differentiated experience for our participants every year – one that is fun and memorable. With the support of Singapore Turf Club as our event partner, we are excited to marry this iconic venue with our inclusive sports activities. Together, we will continue driving our mission to encourage people with special needs to lead an active lifestyle through sports and integrate them into the social fabric of society.”

Following the tradition of previous runs, Runninghour is providing free admittance to all people with special needs and their caregivers/guides on a 1:1 ratio. This event is wheelchair accessible. 

RFI 2021 is in two race formats, allowing participants to take part in person or virtually at their own pace and convenience. The event hopes to attract 2,000 people, including 1,000 people with special needs and their caregivers.

Participants can pick from three different categories: cycling, running, and walking. The physical event comprises three categories: a customised distance (where participants can tailor their run distance to their preferences and abilities), a 3km, 5km, or 10km run or walk, and a 20km cycling category (which includes a tandem cycling category to cater for people with special needs).

Registration for the physical and virtual events will close on Nov 21 or upon reaching maximum capacity, whichever is earlier. Sign up at https://www.runninghour.com/registration

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