NTUC.org.sg (28 Nov, 2011)


The LM walk for a happy cause

By Vanessa Teo – 28 November 2011

Young NTUC together with its Youth Chapters, Young Amalgamated Union of Public Employees (AUPE) and Young Healthcare Services Employees’ Union (HSEU), once again made history by being part of Singapore’s first-ever 3 km non-competitive walking race in slippers.

The ‘Project Happy Feet Slipper Race’ branches out from the activities initiated by Project Happy Feet, which aims to improve the lives of underprivileged children and youths through supporting programmes that can empower children and youths from training and education.

As such, the race organised on 13 November 2011 was organised in hopes to raise $150,000 through registration fees. The funds received will then be channelled to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (Singapore), This Life Cambodia (Cambodia) and Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation (Vietnam).

And as many feet walk the race, Young NTUC and its two youth chapters also brought along 56 participants to walk for this meaningful cause. For their dedicated efforts to do a good cause, they were awarded the ‘Corporate Participation Award’ for forming one of the largest corporate contingents. This indeed resonated well with the Labour Movement’s mantra of ‘Doing Good’ and ‘Doing Together’.

Shared AUPE President Rahim Alwi who was there to participate in the race with his Young AUPE members: “Joining this race was a good move as we should help people who need help,and it is indeed very honourable to be part of this. Everyone should just do as much as they can to help, and for me and my members we just want to do our little bit.”

HSEU Vice-President Catherine Loke was also there with her members to do their part for charity. She shared:“This is the first time we are attending a race like this, and it is very meaningful for us because we are walking for charity. I am very happy to participate in this race, and HSEU and Young HSEU will look forward to more such activities.”

In total, there was an overwhelming turnout of some 1,800 people from all walks of life. Guest-of-Honour at the event was Mayor of South East District and Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Defence and National Development) Dr Maliki Osman who also took part in the race after flagging off.