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Walking for Our Children in Need

Close to 6,000 people thronged Palawan Beach on Sentosa for the Singapore Children’s Society’s annual walkathon Walk for Our Children 2015 on 6 September, and raised over $800,000 in the process.

The annual fundraising event was flagged off by Guest-of-Honour Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry. He also completed the 3km walk with the other participants.

To commemorate Singapore’s Jubilee year, this year’s walk was themed ‘Celebrating Childhood! Our memories, Our aspirations’. It was followed by a stroll down memory lane where participants played local childhood games like chapteh and zeropoint, and tucked into old-school Singapore snacks like kacang puteh, kueh tutu and iced popsicles.

Ten vintage vehicles, including VW Beetles and Vespas, were also on display.

Ready, set: Minister Lim launching the event

 

Mr Alfred Tan, Chief Executive Officer of the Society, said he hoped participants understood the message behind this year’s walk – that it was important for children to enjoy their childhood.

“Childhood is a precious journey, and we should ensure that our children have a childhood filled with joy and fun,” he said.

This year’s walkathon was presented by the Hong Leong Foundation, the charity arm of Hong Leong Group Singapore. Other event partners included KidZania Singapore, Sentosa Development Corporation, the Ministry of Social and Family Development, the American Association of Singapore, and the Tote Board and Singapore Pools.

Proceeds were raised through the sale of carnival coupons and early bird Happy Packs, pledge card donations, outright donations and sponsorships.

Thank you to all who helped make this event a success!

 

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