Santas descend on Singapore for fun run and charity carnival

A participant reacts to the camera as they start the Santa Run for Wishes charity run along the Marina Promenade in Singapore's central business district on Nov 29, 2014. Singapore's first Santa-themed run saw some 4,600 runners take to the Mari
A participant reacts to the camera as they start the Santa Run for Wishes charity run along the Marina Promenade in Singapore's central business district on Nov 29, 2014. Singapore's first Santa-themed run saw some 4,600 runners take to the Marina Bay area on Saturday evening, in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Singapore's first Santa-themed run saw some 4,600 runners take to the Marina Bay area on Saturday evening, in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Maybank Santa Run for Wishes comprised a 2.2km family fun run and a 5km run, and culminated in a charity carnival with food and game stalls and rides. The proceeds from the carnival, which runs till 10pm, go to the foundation and will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the government as part of the Care and Share Movement.

Local personalities Andrea De Cruz and Alexander Duric were among the runners.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore chief executive Catherine Ho said in a statement: "The support of the public will give long-term support to our mission and allow us to bring the power of a wish to every child in Singapore who is facing life-threatening medical illnesses."

The foundation has granted about 1,000 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions since 2003.