Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers have become the unwitting heroes of the COVID-19 Pandemic, deserving winning applause from all of us. All over Singapore, the pandemic has infected more than 30,000 people and claimed many lives.
For a while, healthcare workers have had to deal with the huge influx of patients while also facing the fear of becoming infected themselves. To show their support, many heartwarming initiatives have been set up. Last month, several local performing artistes rallied people to sing National Day song “Home” from their homes, to cheer on and show our appreciation for frontliners and migrant workers.
Indeed, as fellow members of the community, there is a lot we can do to show our solidarity and support for these silent heroes.
Run for Heroes 2020
“Run for Heroes 2020” is one way we can do just that. Supported by Sport Singapore (SportSG) through the Active Enabler Programme (AEP) and #SGUnited, the event is a non-profit initiative that seeks to garner support for our frontline workers and raise contributions for the Courage Fund.
This initiative is our way of showing our solidarity and support for our frontliners. We want to start a nationwide movement to celebrate a collective community spirit by rallying individuals from all background and walks of life to run for someone else in a show of support to those who are fighting the virus outbreak on our behalf.
Elvin Ting, Orange Room Managing Director
All participants have to do is to complete 1km on their own and they will be entitled to two red and white wristbands. One for them to keep and the other for a frontline hero with a personalised message of thanks. Moreover, these frontline heroes include individuals such as cleaners, security staff, transport workers and staff manning the quarantine and isolation facilities.
To register, participants can sign up on the event’s website for $9.50 per 1 km slot from today onwards. The event will start upon registration and the race distance should be completed by 2359hrs on August 8, 2020. Participants will have to record their runs using fitness trackers that will be verified upon submission.
While we may be physically distanced, we are not socially distanced. Many people are in need of support. Let us use this period to continue to look out and care for one another, especially for those in need.
Images: Run for Heroes