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How You as a Runner Can Help to Grant the Wishes of Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

by On Apr 24, 2017

Run for your health. Run for your heart. Run for every child facing life and death diagnoses who are given one chance to have their fondest wishes granted!

How You as a Runner Can Help to Grant the Wishes of Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Close your eyes and make a wish. What’s the first thing that pops into your head? That hot new pair of Reebok running shoes? The compression duds you’ve been lusting over? Maybe you’ve been dreaming about a new tracker that does everything but complete your projects at work. You deserve to have your wish come true, but you might want to expand your wish list to include the upcoming PCCW Global Charity Run 2017.

What charity will this race benefit? Singapore’s Make-a-Wish organisation where the wishes of kids with life-threatening medical conditions come true every day, and a run slated to help raise funds for this very worthy cause is fast approaching. You’re going to want to be part of this event!

How You as a Runner Can Help to Grant the Wishes of Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Photo Credit: PCCW Global

About Make-a-Wish Singapore

Since organisers launched the Singapore branch of this international organisation in April 2002, more than 1,280 critically ill children have benefited from the generous efforts made by those contributing to this cause.

From staff to volunteers - and especially donors - the Singapore branch of the U.S. startup has been doing amazing work since 1980. By becoming part of Make-A-Wish fundraising efforts, you show the world that Singapore's children are loved and cherished - especially the weakest and sickest among them.

In case you’re not familiar with how Make-A-Wish operates, the process is self-explanatory: ailing children are asked the question, “If you could do, have or experience one wish right now, what would that wish be?”

For youngsters ravaged by terminal cancer and other serious ailments who may not live long enough to see that wish come true if they wait, the Singapore Make-A-Wish team moves proverbial mountains to make that wish happen. That’s how nearly half a million children internationally have benefited from this foundation.

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Ms. Judy Lim, Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish Singapore, said,

“Make-A-Wish Singapore is heartened to be selected as the beneficiary for this year’s PCCW Global Charity Run, which will go a long way in helping us grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. We hope PCCW Global’s support will inspire commitment from other corporates to our cause of bringing hope, strength and joy to every medically eligible child when they need it most.”

How You as a Runner Can Help to Grant the Wishes of Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Photo Credit: PCCW Global

Want to help make a child’s wish come true?

There are many ways to support Make-A-Wish Singapore. Some Singaporeans endow the organisation by making bequests. Some volunteer and give time rather than money. Lots of sustaining supporters contribute by making monthly or annual gifts to this cause.

But you don’t have to do any of this if you opt to do what you most love - run the best race of your life. So, clear your running calendar on Wednesday, 24th May (take a sick day if you work!) and sign up for the 4th annual PCCW Global Charity Run 2017 at Spacebib.

Mr. Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer of PCCW Global, said,

“We are delighted to hold the PCCW Global Charity Run 2017 in Singapore again this year. This fourth edition is a continuation of our vision to continue giving back to society and we hope that through Make-A-Wish Singapore, we will bring a smile to the faces of these beautiful, strong children.”

How You as a Runner Can Help to Grant the Wishes of Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Photo Credit: PCCW Global

Details to help you plan your day

Join legions of like-minded runners eager to do their bit for this amazing charity at Silver Leaf, Gardens by the Bay at 7 a.m. on the morning of 24th May. Achieve your daily dose of physical activity by finishing your best time early enough to clean up and show up late to work if you can’t get the entire day off.

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Registration remains open until 10th May, but slots for this popular event fill fast and are assigned on a first come-first served basis. Registering right now is a great idea so major sponsor PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT and Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, can get you on the roster.

Before the big day, collect your race pack. You'll receive a Compressport singlet, PCCW Global charity run drawstring bag and logo-embellished cooling towel so even if it turns out to be toasty on the morning of the marathon, you'll be cool and collected.

Finish your race in plenty of time to collect a finisher’s medal and Compressport finisher tee that shows the world that Singapore’s Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of your priorities now and down the road.

How You as a Runner Can Help to Grant the Wishes of Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Photo Credit: PCCW Global

Your participation means so much!

What sort of wishes do terminally ill children make when asked to pick anything they desire? The list is endless, but if you want a sampling, check these out:

  • I wish I had a puppy.
  • I would love to go bug hunting!
  • Can I be a princess at Disney World?
  • I want to see how it feels to be an airline pilot!
  • I've always wanted to know how race car designers do their jobs.
  • Could I please dance with a real ballet company?
  • I dream of becoming a rock star…could you make that happen?
How You as a Runner Can Help to Grant the Wishes of Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Photo Credit: PCCW Global

These are just a few requests the Make-a-Wish Foundation has received and granted (see more), and you can help further this cause big time by running your heart out for children whose hearts may not beat much longer and for the littlest cancer victims, too.

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There are some wonderful grand prizes for runners who beat the pack to the finish line, but you don’t have to be an early finisher to know that you’ve done your part for such a worthy cause.

This year’s Charity Run will once again see the well-known Yellow Fellows, a group of regular charity runners dressed in bright fluorescent yellow, taking part. Included in this group of fitness enthusiasts are celebrities such as local media personality Randall Tan, sports TV presenter Paul Sng, and many others.

If given the opportunity to have just one wish granted, what would your wish be?

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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