"The Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2019 is a key platform that demonstrates the power of collaboration between the people, public and private sectors. Together we hope to continue to empower lives with care, building a more inclusive Singapore for all."
- Mr Phillip Tan, Chairman of Community Chest
The Community Chest Heartstrings Walk saw over 8000 participants from private, people and public sectors coming together in a collective effort to support social inclusion and build a more caring Singapore.
Co-organized for the ninth consecutive year with Marina Bay Sands (MBS), this year's heartstrings walk included a Bi-centennial-themed 4km Fun Walk along the Waterfront Trail at Marina Bay, as well as a Family Carnival and the annual Race to the Sky Vertical Marathon, which saw participants racing up 57 storeys. Guest-of-Honour, Mr Heng Swee Kiat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance flagged off the event, together with social service users and the MBS Chief Executive Officer and President, Mr George Tanasijevich.
This year, the Race to the Sky Marathon featured inclusive teams of climbers to conquer the vertical marathon. Joined by Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin, a total nine clumbers with special needs and seven volunteers, raced up 57 storeys with other participants. To prepare for this gruelling vertical race, all participants, including those with special needs, benefited from three complimentary training sessions, led by Singapore's very own world-class triathelete, and Deca-Ironman, Associate Professor Dr Kua Harn Wei in July.
In commemoration of the Singapore Bicentennial, four iconic figures from the annals of Singapore history - Munshi Abdullah, Sang Nila Utama, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles and Tan Tock Seng - who were showcased along the 4-km Fun Walk, There were also interactive photo opportunities with persons dressed up as Mata Mata and Samsui women.
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