Another record-breaking year
Light clouds and a gentle cool breeze made the perfect setting for the fifth NUS Bizad Charity Run, held on 10 January 2015 at the National University of Singapore campus. This annual event is a chance for students and alumni, as well as members of the teaching faculty and staff, to get together in a relaxed and fun environment and contribute to a good cause.
This year’s race was particularly momentous as it marked the 50th anniversary of both the Business School, with proceeds going to the event’s chosen charity, Assumption Pathway School, as well as the NUS Business School Alumni Association Bursary Funds, which support undergraduate students in need of financial assistance. And in what is becoming a typical trend, the event raised a record-breaking $140,000 and drew more than 1,300 participants, more than any of the previous years!
The venue was abuzz with the excited chatter of participants as they took their places at the starting line outside the Mochtar Riady Building. Among the sea of red Bizad t-shirts were enthusiastic students from Assumption Pathway School and members of the public, many of whom ran with their spouses, children and even canine companions.
This year’s routes were drawn up by Benn Ng (BBA 1989). An experienced runner and NUS Business School alumnus, Benn decided to contribute his knowledge to the worthy cause and joined the event’s organising committee. “I wanted to make the terrain a little more challenging than last year’s by including hills and staircases,” he relayed. The new and improved routes also offered participants a chance to explore the campus and share their experiences with family members and friends as they reminisced about their schooling experiences. Upon completing the run, many participants expressed their enjoyment at being able to discover parts of the campus they had never seen before!
Mr Colin Chow (BBA 1981), Director of NUS Business School Alumni, came dressed in the spirit of the
day in bright green shorts and a bandana. His enthusiasm was infectious as he spoke animatedly about the day’s events. “It’s a fun event but, more importantly, it’s a chance to give back and do some good,” he explained. “We have a 10-kilometre run for more serious runners and a five-kilometre run, which the whole family can participate in.”
Among participants was also former national gymnast and alumna Lim Heem Wei (BBA 2014), who flagged off the first batch of runners. Asked if she’d be returning to next year’s race, her spirited reply was “I’d love to!”
Summing up the spirit of the event, Guest-of-Honour Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport, reminded participants that there is no better way to celebrate how far we have come than by giving back: “More than the funds raised, it is the spirit of reaching out that makes this event so important. Let us continue to demonstrate this spirit and build a better Singapore!”