Record Turnout and Funds Raised at Mettle Challenge 2019

September 2019

Full of Mettle: Minister for Social and Family Development Mr Desmond Lee (fifth from the right) with volunteers, staff and beneficiaries of Children’s Society

The Children’s Society’s Mettle Challenge 2019 saw its strongest showing yet, with some 634 participants gathering to push both strength and compassion to new limits.

Held at the Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Square, on 22 June 2019, the charity fitness event, organised by RoundBox @ Children’s Society, saw fitness trainers and visually-impaired athletes sweat it out alongside our youth beneficiaries. They had to complete as many circuits of six gruelling exercises as they could within 20 minutes.

This year also saw the introduction of Mettle Mobile, a one-minute challenge where participants raced to complete as many repetitions as they could of either rope slams, burpees or box jumps. Presented by Jeep, Mettle Mobile brought the challenge to schools, offices and events, engaging a total of 778 participants and raising $5,000 for the cause. 

Guest-of-honour Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, also tried his hand at our one-minute rope slam challenge.

Meanwhile, at the Mettle Village, free massages and joyrides were made available through partners that included Innervate Fitness, Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, WARPIGS Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club, and PushPullGive. 

A total of $156,360 was raised for beneficiaries from four of the Society’s youth drop-in centres.

This is the third time the Mettle Challenge has been held. It began in 2017 with just 107 participants.

Pushing dreams to new limits

One suffered from a lack of guidance, the other struggled with low self-confidence, but both found new purpose through RoundBox @ Children’s Society – and this year’s Mettle Challenge.

S. Naydhan, now 16, joined RoundBox in 2013. At the time, he was physically aggressive, lacked guidance, and was at risk of falling in with the wrong company. His mother, the sole breadwinner of the family, worked long hours to support him and his sister. 

But through Roundbox, he learned to go the distance. Having discovered a talent and passion for long distance running, he learnt to focus on longer-term goals and to better manage his anger. Through determination and hard work, Naydhan has begun participating in races at the national level and regularly takes top spots. 

But his dreams are bigger, he says. “I hope to be a PE Teacher and a national runner when I am older.”

Like Naydhan, Fabian Lim, 14, found new ways to channel his energy, thanks to having better mentors. As a boy, he loved basketball, but was bullied by his peers over his weight and skills. His self-confidence has been lifted since he joined RoundBox a year ago. He is now a member of the basketball team and actively participates in cross fit classes. In his free moments, he works out at the gym. 

Today, Fabian boasts a new level of confidence and resilience, and dreams of one day being part of the Singapore Police Force. Even before that, though, he wants to fly the flag of the nation high.

“My dream is to represent Singapore in basketball.”

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