Run for Good

By Rafidah A Razak, a Fellow, who is working in the public service. She enjoys photography and ‘voluntourism’ and has a keen interest in social issues.

Calling all runners who have registered for Standard Chartered Marathon in Dec! Challenge yourself to Run for Good towards raising S$100,000 for Singapore charities.

Run for Good is an inaugural partnership between online fundraising platform and Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, giving you a unique opportunity to do good while completing your marathon.

Choose your preferred charity (from a list of 40+ charities) and customise your fundraising pages. Get your friends and family to support your marathon efforts by making a safe and secure tax-deductible online donations.

Here is a list of eight charities you can choose from:

ACRES is a local charity promoting animal welfare. It runs a wide range of activities, from tackling illegal wildlife trade to caring for the rescued animals to ensuring that zoos give their animals proper care, as well as educating the public about animal welfare and encouraging the use of cruelty-free products.

Between 2009 and 2010, their investigations into the illegal tiger parts trade resulted in the largest ever seizure of alleged tiger parts by the authorities in Singapore. Supporting them helps to protect our precious wildlife from human harm.

Donations will go directly into their animal protection programmes.

Cat Welfare Society is dedicated to promote sterilisation of cats by cat owners, as a means of responsibly controlling the cat population instead of culling.

Watch out their flagship event ‘Annual Spay Day’ on 28 October 2011.

Last year, the number of cats culled fell to an all time low of 5,100, an improvement over 10,000 cats culled in 2004. By supporting them, you are supporting the humane way of treating community cats.

The bulk of your donations will go towards their sterilisation programmes.

Kampung Senang Education Foundation promotes values that care for people and the environment. It runs a variety of programmes that work with both the young and old. Programmes include facilitating the reuse and recycling of wheelchairs and walking frames among 1,800 needy families, and providing childcare for those from less-privileged families and those whose parents are cancer patients.

As of 2010, its services helped more than 21,300 beneficiaries.

By supporting them, you make a difference to the wheelchair-bound, elders, and cancer patients.

Singapore Cancer Society aims to minimise the impact of cancer and increase the public awareness for the top killer illness in Singapore. It provides welfare services, hospices, home care services, screenings, and rehabilitation support. It also gives aid to needy cancer patients by providing subsidies. Since 2005, about $7.87 million has been distributed to more than 2000 such patients.

Donations help to fund these subsidies.

HighPoint Community Services Association aims to help rebuild the lives of those in need, especially ex-offenders and their families. The organisation provides a variety of social services such as counseling, work skills training, and reconciliation for ex-offenders, as well as therapeutic intervention to help victims of abuse overcome their trauma. They recently expanded their ex-offender programmes from 6 to 18 months, and started a residential programme for abused teenage girls.

Donations go towards the operational costs for two residential programmes for ex-offenders.

RSVP Singapore’s unique mission is to encourage volunteerism among the elderly. Its key activities include mentoring students at 11 primary schools, volunteering with mentally ill patients and teaching computer skills to other senior citizens to help upgrade their work skills. In 2011, they received the NCSS Outstanding VWO Award, after establishing a partnership with the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and Microsoft.

Donations help to fund their programmes, which in turn help them help others.

The Autism Association (Singapore) supports people with autism, a condition that affects their social interactions, by running programmes that help them to learn social and communication skills. More critically, the association runs early intervention programmes for kids, aged 2-6 years old, to help them master these new skills earlier. They hope to extend their services to more beneficiaries, particularly adults, as the support for autistic people in Singapore is still limited.

Donations from this initiative help to support the Association’s less fortunate students.

Very Special Arts (VSA) Singapore uses art to educate and integrate people with disabilities. Their main programmes, Arts in Learning, Rehabilitation and Training (ALERT) and Arts for Livelihood and Employment (ALIVE), hope to educate and integrate their beneficiaries by teaching them new skills that build self-confidence and help earn a livelihood. They also hold craft workshops, art workshops, and exhibitions. Each week, they hold about 16 classes for 100 students and their annual art exhibition is the largest platform to showcase and sell artworks created by people with disabilities.

So what are you running for?