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Run and Raisin’ 2018: Singapore’s Most Fruitful Charity Run is Back!

by On Jun 6, 2018

How many types of raisins can you name? If your knowledge is limited to dried grapes, you’ll miss the point of an upcoming race that’s all about raisin’ healthy kids and keeping them safe!

Run and Raisin’ 2018: Singapore’s Most Fruitful Charity Run is Back!

Raisins promote bone, tooth and eye health, so they’re the epitome of a healthy snack—especially for kids. No wonder runners count on these little gems to help them stay healthy—but our interest in raisins has nothing to do with fruit. Rather, we want to tell you about one of Singapore's most important running events: The 2018 Run and Raisin’. If you care about raisin’ kids, be on hand for this worthwhile event on 1 September 2018.

An Ordinary Charity Run?

How could it be when over 580 needy, disadvantaged kids are the beneficiaries of this annual run? Celebrating its 8th year of staging, Run and Raisin’ touches the lives of children from low-income and/or single-family homes, impacting children as young as 6 and as old as 12. These youngsters are also served by 24 TOUCH Young Arrows (TYA) clubs throughout Singapore, so everyone participating in this race can be part of the impact this charity has on the lives of these kids.

You get three distance options at the Run and Raisin’: The 10km run pits you against other athletes eager to compete at this amazing charity event. The 5km Fun Run and Family Run are not competitive, but they are fun. Funds raised from all three events allow TYA to continue its important work, so ordinary isn’t the proper descriptor for an organisation that’s quite extraordinary.

Run and Raisin’ 2018: Singapore’s Most Fruitful Charity Run is Back!

The Kids. The Goal. The Event. And You.

You already understand what’s at stake if the day is a success and the goal of raising $250,000 is achieved! When you pay your fee, you help cover year-round activities and weekly programming efforts that keep Singapore families focused on the future. You benefit, too, if you sign up early. Early Bird rates are available until 30 June 2018, so this is a win-win situation for the kids and for you.

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When 7:30 a.m. arrives on 1st September, if you’ve opted for the 10km, stand ready to run along the Singapore cityscape that never fails to make runners feel proud of their homeland after they step off from the Singapore Sports Hub start line at OCBC Square (next to Singapore’s Sports Museum). Sleep later if you’ll run either the 5km (starting at 8:30 a.m.) or the Family Run beginning at 9 a.m. Both originate at OCBC Square, too.

Entitlements? You bet. Collect a limited edition commemorative race t-shirt and bib at Velocity@Novena Square on either 25 or 26 August 2018 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. where race pack collection will be in full swing. If you’re doing the 10km, you’ll also get a timing chip. Finish your distance and a medal awaits!

Run and Raisin’ 2018: Singapore’s Most Fruitful Charity Run is Back!

No Secret Handshakes Required to Support This Event

When you participate in Run and Raisin’ categories, you become a de facto member of a club that’s a major part of Singapore’s philanthropic community. You won’t get a membership card, but you will get personal satisfaction knowing you've contributed to an organisation that’s been part of the National Council of Social Service since 12 December 1994.

Your participation in the 2018 Run and Raisin also says a lot about your character. By running in any of the three categories, you help fund programming and counselling services and support critically-needed social, emotional and educational services, without which, many Singapore children's needs would simply fall through the cracks.

Special Reasons to Run the Raisin'

  1. You have children and want to help take care of the nation's other children so they wind up as advantaged as your youngsters.
  2. You welcome any excuse to run a 10km to stay in shape and when the race benefits a charitable mission, that's icing on the cake.
  3. You believe in SHINE, the acronym that describes benefits kids participating in TYA Club programs enjoy:
    • Strengthen child’s familial relationships
    • Help develop every child and young person to uncover their potential in a positive learning environment
    • Inculcate moral values and build character in every child and young person
    • Nurture and challenge every young person to continuously contribute to the society
    • Encourage, equip and enable every volunteer to strengthen children, young persons and families.
  4. You’re super busy, but it makes you feel good to know that by supporting this annual run, you directly impact the delivery of services that include coaching, camps, family counselling and social assistance.
  5. You deeply believe that by bringing your children to events like Run and Raisin’ you get an opportunity to share your passion for giving back to society in dynamic ways.
  6. You get to run. Now that’s a bonus you deserve for being in close touch with your community’s needs!
  7. As a runsociety reader's enjoy a 5% discount off the ticket fees during with code: FPRUNSOCIETY
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How often do you bring your children to races, marathons and runs? What's your primary motive for doing this—sharing your love of the sport or showing them the importance of charitable giving?

Aidan is the Editor-in-chief of RunSociety. His focus is to oversee RunSociety’s Creativity Channel, spanning a wide range of inspirational and enriching topics daily to the running community. Get in touch with him if you something to say, or want to weigh in on an interesting topic at hello@runsociety.com.

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