Date: 11 January 2014 (Saturday)
Venue: NUS Business School Mochtar Riady Building
To kick off the new year, the NUS Bizad Charity Run 2014, held on 11 January 2014, brought the NUS Business School community together to raise funds for student bursaries and two external charities – Camp Vision, which serves and empowers underprivileged, at-risks youths in Singapore, and the Casa Raudha women’s shelter. This year’s event, the biggest run ever in terms of participation, drew more than 1,000 runners, who raised S$130,000 in donations in total – exceeding the original target of $100,000.
Forging a stronger community spirit
Now in its fourth year, the Bizad Run continues to help build a stronger Business School community spirit among its alumni, students and partners, and clearly demonstrates a spirit of caring for the community. “I’ve come here to support our charity and run for the young kids,” shared Mohd Shazwar Bin Nur, an excited secondary student from Camp Vision. “This is my first time running and I look forward to testing my own stamina and health. I believe one should never give up in life and keep going, so my personal goal is to finish first in the 5 km run”, he said. True to his word. Mohd Shazwar was among the first 50 to finish the fun run.
Guest-of-Honour and 2012 NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Mr Yam Ah Mee (MBA 1991) joined in the spirit of the event by gamely taking part in the 5 km run. “It’s really wonderful to come back and participate in a charity event like this,” Mr Yam said. “I understand that the run has raised much more in donations than its initial target. Kudos to the team! I strongly encourage all alumni and their friends to participate next year and break even more records, as this is a very noble cause.”
The event this year was jointly organised by the NUS Business School Alumni Association and students from the Bizad Club, who were mostly made up of first-time participants in such a large-scale event. The lucky draw first prize, an Xperia Z Ultra, was generously sponsored by Sony. There were many first-time supporters of this event as well such as the runners from the Running Society, the majority being foreigners who were visiting the School for the first time.
An inspiring run
Race day also had some inspiring moments. The 10 km run featured both the oldest alumni participant, Mr Chan Meng Hui, who turned 84 in January, and Mr Mohammed Shariff, also known as ‘Singapore’s blade runner’. This year’s race marked Mr Mohammed Shariff’s second consecutive appearance. Both of these gentlemen are living testaments to the alumni and community spirit of NUS Business School, and proof that you can defy all odds in life through passion and perseverance.
Care and teamwork are two of the School’s core values and the NUS Bizad Charity Run started out with one simple goal: raise funds for the needy to give back to the community. Over the years, the event has not only accomplished that goal, but has also united and inspired the School community to make a larger impact each year.
As aptly summed up by Mr Simon Phua, (BBA Hons 1976) and President of the NUS Business School Alumni Association: “This event provides a good platform for alumni to do their bit for their fellow students and the community. We are proud of our past record and hope to keep this tradition of giving back going and growing.”
We continue to look forward to future runs and events that will help the School build stronger bonds among its community and partners.
NUS Business School Alumni Association & Bizad Club
Global Alumni Network Office, NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni & MBA Alumni NUS