Run for Hope 2019 is back with its 26th edition as more than 6,000 participants gathered for a good cause on 17th February 2019 at the Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Square. Run for Hope is an annual, non-competitive run organised by Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) in order to raise awareness and support for vital cancer research.
During the event, Guest-of-Honour, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Health, Mr Edwin Tong, was seen taking a mass selfie with the participants before flagging off the runners for their respective categories. However, Minister Tong met with special guests and sponsors to congratulate them for their efforts before taking his leave due to his busy schedules.
In Singapore, one Singaporean is diagnosed with cancer every hour. However, survival rates for cancer patients in Singapore have tripled for men and doubled for women over the past 40 years with the great progression that cancer research has made. NCCS is leading innovative research to find the breakthroughs that will change how we understand, diagnose, treat and ultimately cure cancer to Make More Survivors.
Ambassador for Run for Hope 2019, Mr Paul Foster expressed:
It’s so good to be back, a little different this year as I’m walking the 3.5k with my mum.
I wanted to bring her along and I’m so proud of her as that’s the longest walk she has done in a very long time. It was so nice to spend the last hour with her and for the cause against cancer, something that has affected us with my dad passing 20 years ago.
I’ve been very proud to be part of Run for Hope for so long. I thank the organisers, the Four Seasons Hotel and NCCS to always invite me back every year. Run for Hope, I love it!
Zumba Instructor and Breast Cancer Survivor, Ms Krishna Werneck was at the side proudly showcasing to the crowd her resilience and continuous effort in the fight against cancer as she led participants to energetic Zumba sessions.
It’s an absolute pleasure to be at Run for Hope this morning.
Cancer is really personal to me as I am a breast cancer survivor and I’m glad to be able to help in a small way to contribute and raise funds for National Cancer Centre Singapore.
In the end, a group of more than 10 runners, including a 10-year-old participant, managed to help the event to raise more than $10,000 for cancer research funds while further underscoring the importance of cancer research and how every bit helps.
Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Mr Peter Draminsky concluded the event by mentioning:
This is a project we are very passionate about. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer.
Through Run for Hope, we aim to continue to help raise awareness and for us to do our part for cancer research. It is through initiatives like this where the community can come together to contribute to the cause and at the same time, celebrate the fighting spirit embodied by our survivors.