SAFRA Wheels & Feet Charity Challenge


If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from Aesop’s Fables, it’s that slow and steady wins the race. That’s the motto we’re going with in attempting the SAFRA Wheels & Feet Charity Challenge. The inaugural virtual race has challenging distances you can take on by running/walking or cycling/blading anytime, anywhere.

But it’s not just a marathon you’ll be completing. By signing up, you’ll also be helping to raise funds for President’s Challenge to help lower income and vulnerable families. Happening from now till 28th May 2022, here are all the deets on how to participate:


Event categories and participation perks


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You can choose to run, walk, cycle or blade through the race.

This year’s inaugural charity race has separate categories for those choosing to go on foot or wheels. There are different distances you can sign up for too, with a whopping 500KM available in the cycle or blade category for those who really want to push themselves to the limit.

The categories and their registration fees are as follows:

Cycle or blade

  • 10KM: $30
  • 50KM: $30
  • 250KM: $50
  • 500KM: $50

Run or walk

  • 5KM: $30
  • 10KM: $30
  • 25KM: $50
  • 50KM: $50

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Kids can join in on the fun too with the family challenge.
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Families looking to get their kids involved in this good cause can also sign up as a team. It’s $30 for one parent and one child to compete together in either the 5KM run/walk or 10KM cycle/blade categories. You can also add on one more child to the team at an additional cost of $12.

Don’t be too alarmed by the race distances. You won’t have to hit the full length in one shot. Since this race is done virtually, feel free to tackle it at your own time and target. It’s a cumulative marathon, so just remember to complete the distances within the challenge period of 9th April to 28th May.

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You can keep track of how much ground you’ve covered with the Strava app, which automatically logs your challenge progress. But you can also manually submit your stats by taking pictures of your display screens on other distance-tracking apps, treadmills, ellipticals and even stationary bikes, and uploading them onto the event’s portal.

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As a reward for your hard work, you’ll get a load of swag, including an e-certificate of completion and a spiffy finisher’s tee in ombre colours. All participants will also get a goodie bag with sweet loot:

  • Compressport sports towel
  • Kyusoku Jikan cooling leg gel pads
  • Systema gum care toothpaste
  • Systema toothbrush case
  • Tiger Balm active muscle rub

Those who’ve taken on the $50 challenges will get a medal emblazoned with the distance you’ve achieved during the race too.


Show your support through donations


The SAFRA Wheels & Feet Charity Challenge is meant to raise funds for President’s Challenge. Racers – this means your registration fee immediately goes towards this cause.

donations

But, you can always raise more money by rallying support from your friends and family to make a donation under your name or team, where 100% of the proceeds will go towards President’s Challenge.

If marathons aren’t your thing but you would still like to donate, you can do so under individuals or teams, or directly support President’s Challenge by making an online donation. This will be open from now till 28th May 2022.


Raising funds for charity with SAFRA


The SAFRA Wheels & Feet Charity Challenge is just the first of many initiatives for SAFRA Cares, the social arm of SAFRA that engages NSmen and the public to give back to the less privileged through its fundraising efforts.

This year, the various SAFRA clubs will be rolling out monthly charity drives, with activities like esports and bowling to look forward to:

  • Esports tournament
  • Charity Bowl
  • Diaper Dash
  • Swim For Hope
  • Let’s Gift For A Reason

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Let’s Gift For A Reason 2021
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The events are to drive donations, where 80% will be contributed to President’s Challenge and 20% to the SAF Care Fund. The latter provides additional monetary support to severely disabled SAF servicemen injured in the line of duty, on top of MINDEF’s compensation and welfare. For the past three years, the funds have also gone on to help low income families who have been financially affected by Covid-19.

The best part of these SAFRA events is that you don’t have to be an SAF regular or serving NS to participate. As long as you’ve got a heart for the less privileged, and are game enough to take on a fun challenge, you too can help contribute to a good cause.

Registration for the SAFRA Wheels & Feet Charity Challenge is open from now till 25th April 2022.

Sign up for SAFRA Wheels & Feet Charity Challenge here


This post was brought to you by SAFRA.
Cover image adapted from Unsplash.