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3,500km on treadmills = 117 free eye ops

Published on Jun 23, 2014 8:57 AM
Participants at Mount Elizabeth Hospital's Run for Cover Challenge, where teams took turns to run on treadmills for 24 hours non-stop. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

A TOTAL of 117 elderly folk who have cataract will get free surgery to restore their vision by the end of the year, thanks to a group of running enthusiasts.

The volunteers took part in Mount Elizabeth Hospital's first Run for Cover Challenge, which saw teams take turns to run on treadmills for 24 hours non-stop.

Every 30km clocked raised enough money for one operation. The cataract removal procedure can cost up to $5,000 per surgery.

The marathon session started at 2pm on Saturday, and a day later, more than 280 participants - including 80 who were competing against one another - had run over 3,500km in total at the event, which was held at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.

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