Date: 23 January 2016, Saturday
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
Venue: NUS Business School, Mochtar Riady Building
The popular NUS Bizad Charity Run – the annual flagship event, organised by NUS Business School Alumni Association and Bizad Club, never fails to draw a huge turnout and this year was no exception . Despite the rain, more than 1, 300 participants arrived bright and cheerful on a Saturday afternoon, ready to run in the name of charity. More than $160,000 in donations have been raised to date – an all-time high. The funds will go towards NUS Business School Study Bursaries and two external beneficiaries, Boys’ Town and Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore).
Nurturing a stronger community spirit
Already in its sixth year, the NUS Bizad Charity Run continues to cultivate a strong culture of giving among the Business School fraternity. “It’s a great opportunity for me to not only raise funds for the needy but also give back to the School that has helped to shape me,” said Maxine Teo (BBA 1996), the emcee for the event. It was a sentiment echoed by many. Fellow alumnus Mohit Khemani (MBA- HEC 2015 ) even took it upon himself to rally more than 20 of his colleagues to participate in the run. “We frequently organise corporate events so I thought the charity run would be a great team-bonding activity,” he said. “What’s more, we get a chance to contribute to a meaningful cause.”
First-time runner Chooi Kuan (BBA 1987) agreed. “I’ve just started running so I’m not sure how well I’ll fare,” she shared with a laugh. “But I’m definitely taking it as a personal challenge, and it’s a great avenue to give back.” This was something that Guest-of-Honour Mr Teo Ser Luck touched on as well in his opening address. He also gamely joined in the spirit of the event, participating in the Fun Walk . Peter Yap (MBA 1986) added: “What matters is that I finish the run – I don’t have any particular target,” he said. “It’s all for fun and in the name of charity.”
Fostering an all-inclusive society through sports
Apart from the students, alumni and faculty, members of the public were also in attendance. Among them was Zhang Xiao Hang. “I’m happy to complete the race and surpass my target,” she said. “I was told that the views during the run were gorgeous and I definitely wasn’t disappointed.” Beneficiaries from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) also took part, wheeling alongside the runners in the Fun Run.
Making the biggest splash, however, was Mdm Jenap Said aka ‘Catwoman’ . Known for completing marathons in her signature ‘Catwoman’ outfit, Mdm Jenap has completed more than 40 full marathons and ultramarathons with the aim of raising funds for the less privileged. This year, she focussed her efforts on the Bizad Charity Run. “It’s always good to run for a purpose,” she said. “I’m hoping that more people will support me so that I can raise even more funds for the beneficiaries.”
Apart from the race, there were plenty of activities to entertain runners and non-runners alike. Visitors thronged the photo booth, making use of the fun props and posing for photos. Booths set up by the beneficiaries provided information and resources for those keen to find out more. Local band Second Sunrise accepted song requests from the audience and captivated everyone with their great live renditions of old and current hits.
Key highlights also included the lucky draw and the prize presentation.
“This annual event provides an excellent platform for alumni to help the less privileged and empower the community,” said Sonny. Roch encouraged everyone to continue supporting the School, either by raising funds or volunteering in the various committees. “Every little bit counts,” he said. “And it’s infectious – once you’ve taken that first step, you’ll feel inspired to do more.”
Growing the tradition of giving back
Over the years, the event has gone beyond simply raising funds for the needy. And this is something that one of the organising committee members of the inaugural charity run and founding partner of Reedz Group of Restaurants, Lee Junxian (BBA 2008/MBA 2014), takes pride in. “When we first started six years ago, the event drew about 500 participants,” he shared. “Today, the charity run has grown to become a marquee event that serves to unite and inspire the School community to make a greater impact every year. As an alumnus, I feel very encouraged.”
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their generous support and active participation! We will continue to organise future runs and events that will enable us to grow this tradition of giving back and forge stronger bonds among our community and partners.