Relay Majulah, Singapore’s first-ever 2,000-kilometre relay, concluded yesterday evening with Speaker of Parliament, Tan Chuan-Jin, running the final 10-kilometres leg of the relay into the MES Theatre at Mediacorp Campus for the live telecast of the President’s Star Charity. A ground-up initiative to collectively challenge 200 runners to complete the nation-wide relay in 200 hours, Relay Majulah exceeded its target of S$1 million and raised a total of over S$1.6 Million in support of the 67 charities under President’s Challenge.
The relay was flagged off at noon on 2 November from the Singapore Sports Hub, where a baton was passed from runner to runner as they journey past significant landmarks, such as Bedok Reservoir Park and Punggol Waterway Park. Hitting the turning point at Yishun SAFRA, they then saw the route follow back to the hub completing all but the last relay.
Receiving the baton at 6.45pm yesterday evening from Gerrard Lin and Tan Whee Boon, a quad amputee who enjoys playing multiple sports, Mr Tan started his run from Riverside Point with members of the public and Team Nila volunteers cheering him on. He finished off the relay by running into MES Theatre at Mediacorp Campus during the live televised President’s Star Charity Show. At the show, Mr Tan handed over the baton to President Halimah Yacob on air, as a symbolic act of how the Relay Majulah baton which 200 runners have passed on to reach other throughout this relay, is now passed on to rest of Singapore – to join them to be the change we want to see.
Mr Tan said, “It’s been a tremendous honour and privilege to end the final leg of Relay Majulah and to hand over the baton to President Halimah Yacob. Since the start of the initiative, I’ve been watching and supporting fellow Singaporeans from all walks of life take part in the relay and listening to their stories have truly inspired me. This has motivated me to challenge myself further to deliver my best and help raise as much as I can for the President’s Challenge.”
Onward together as one
Relay Majulah witnessed 200 runners from all walks of life and abilities running round the clock for a period of nine days from Singapore Sports Hub to Yishun SAFRA, passing through areas such as Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage, East Coast Park, Bedok Reservoir, Pasir Ris Sports Centre and Lower Seletar Reservoir.
“Over the past nine days, we’ve seen how Relay Majulah has gathered the community and showcased the spirit of inclusivity among Singaporeans from all walks of life. It’s heartening to see many fellow Singaporeans are coming out to support and cheer the runners on throughout the day,” said Ong Tze Boon, Co-Chairman of Relay Majulah. “I hope that Relay Majulah sets the stage for many more community-led initiatives to celebrate the achievements of how many have overcome the odds to make a contribution to the country.”
“Relay Majulah has amplified the message that people from all walks of life and abilities can empower and inspire others. The donations we have received for President’s Challenge demonstrates the generosity Singaporeans have and their desire to empower all Singaporeans to play a role in contributing to Singapore’s future and commemorating our nation’s bicentennial. We would also like to express our appreciation to our donors, sponsors, family and friends, in making this effort a resounding success,” said Bennett Neo, Co-Chairman of Relay Majulah.
Gathering the nation’s support
Together, we hope to rise as a community and champion the ‘Majulah’ spirit in Singapore.