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More than 1,000 participants contribute to the first virtual Santa Run for Wishes 2020

This year’s Santa Run for Wishes saw participation from 1,035 runners contributing 22,687km from 2-19 December 2020

Make-A-Wish Singapore, a non-profit organisation that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, concluded its first virtual Santa Run for Wishes 2020 over the weekend. An annual community and fundraising event by Make-A-Wish Singapore, this year’s Santa Run for Wishes saw participation from 1,035 runners from 2-19 December 2020.

Thanks to the overwhelming support of members of public, the total distance recorded is 22,687km – well ahead of the initial aim of 21,517km – the distance from Singapore to the North Pole to bring Santa back to Singapore to spread the festive joy. Leading up to the race period, participants in the run also took part in Santa’s little activities such as bi-weekly giveaways, Best Dressed competition, and more. Special mentions to Gary Lim, who was the event’s Longest Distance Runner, clocking in an impressive 229.24km. 

“We are delighted by the positive response and support from members of the public for our first virtual Santa Run for Wishes. It has been truly heart-warming to see participants from all walks of life coming together for the run and helping, through various ways, to spread The Wish Effect,” said Neil Dyason, Chief Executive Officer, Make-A-Wish Singapore.

“While we were not able to celebrate this festive season collectively, the team at Make-A-Wish Singapore is committed to bringing joy, hope and strength to our community of children with critical illnesses through innovative initiatives such as Santa Run for Wishes 2020. We are grateful for the continuous support from our corporate partners, sponsors, donors, our dedicated staff and volunteers who have made this possible. With your help, we will be able to extend the transformative power of wishes to more eligible children in Singapore.”

With the support of Hasbro and SAP, Make-A-Wish Singapore was also able to deliver toys to wish children, as part of the Santa on Wheels initiative to bring the celebration to their homes during this festive season. In addition, Make-A-Wish Singapore is also continuing the annual Wish Tree Campaign to light up the lives of wish children with hope and joy in a new virtual format.

For 12 days of Christmas from 25 December to 8 January, corporate partners are invited to adopt their own virtual Christmas tree and start a fundraising page with the organisation. Members of the public can make a donation at http://bit.ly/mawsgwishtree to add the top star, give a present, hang a bauble or switch on a light to see the tree decorated and come to life.

The public can also continue to support Make-A-Wish Singapore by referring eligible children and young adults between 3 and 18 years old at https://makeawish.org.sg/wishes/#refer.

To date, Make-A-Wish Singapore has granted over 1,591 wishes and counting. This year also saw the commemoration of the 40thanniversary of the first wish that inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish globally. The organisation also celebrates the 18th anniversary of the Singapore chapter since its establishment in 2002.

For interested individuals and organisations who would like to find out more about how to support Make-A-Wish Singapore, please visit our website here

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