Mendaki launches Climbathon series to raise funds for its Education Trust Fund

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim flagging off participants at the start of the Climbathon on Jan 28, 2018. PHOTO: MENDAKI
Participants at the Climbathon warming up using resistance bands, at HortPark on Jan 28, 2018. PHOTO: MENDAKI

SINGAPORE - A fund that helps children from disadvantaged Malay families is aiming to scale new heights this year.

Community self-help group Mendaki on Sunday (Jan 28) launched the Climbathon series, which is one of this year's fund-raising initiatives for its Education Trust Fund (ETF).

The event at HortPark saw 130 participants take part in a trail through the Forest Walk and down Marang Trail, which has an elevation of about 70m.

The trek was led by Ms Yusrina Ya'akob, one of a few Singaporean women who have climbed Mount Everest.

The ETF has provided $22 million worth of financial assistance to more than 91,000 children from low-income Malay families since it was started in 2002.

It raised $2.25 million in 2017, from events such as the sale of a book and an island-wide mosque donation drive.

Mendaki chairman Yaacob Ibrahim, who is Minister for Communications and Information, was guest of honour on Sunday.

"This is a healthy lifestyle event where the community comes together," he said.

"We hope those participating today can help us to spread the message of the ETF. We want to help as many children as possible, all the way from pre-school to ITE (Institute of Technical Education)."

Dr Yaacob did not give a specific target amount to raise for the Climbathon series, but said Mendaki has an "overall target".

"We want to re-establish the ETF to its original quantum of $12 million," he said.

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