More than $830,000 raised for fight against cancer

The Singapore Cancer Society-TalkMed Relay for Life saw people forming teams to take part in a 15-hour non-stop relay.
The Singapore Cancer Society-TalkMed Relay for Life saw people forming teams to take part in a 15-hour non-stop relay.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
The Singapore Cancer Society-TalkMed Relay for Life saw people forming teams to take part in a 15-hour non-stop relay.
The Singapore Cancer Society-TalkMed Relay for Life saw people forming teams to take part in a 15-hour non-stop relay.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
The Singapore Cancer Society-TalkMed Relay for Life saw people forming teams to take part in a 15-hour non-stop relay.
The Singapore Cancer Society-TalkMed Relay for Life saw people forming teams to take part in a 15-hour non-stop relay.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
The Singapore Cancer Society-TalkMed Relay for Life saw people forming teams to take part in a 15-hour non-stop relay.
The Singapore Cancer Society-TalkMed Relay for Life saw people forming teams to take part in a 15-hour non-stop relay.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
The Singapore Cancer Society-TalkMed Relay for Life saw people forming teams to take part in a 15-hour non-stop relay.
The Singapore Cancer Society-TalkMed Relay for Life saw people forming teams to take part in a 15-hour non-stop relay.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
The Singapore Cancer Society-TalkMed Relay for Life saw people forming teams to take part in a 15-hour non-stop relay.
The Singapore Cancer Society-TalkMed Relay for Life saw people forming teams to take part in a 15-hour non-stop relay.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

SINGAPORE - More than $830,000 was raised for the fight against cancer following an overnight relay run involving thousands of people.

The Singapore Cancer Society-TalkMed Relay for Life, which ended on Sunday morning at the National Stadium, saw people forming teams to take part in a 15-hour non-stop relay.

Teams were required to have at least one member on the track at all times to symbolise how the fight against cancer never stops.

The relay started on Saturday evening, with President Halimah Yacob joining in for one lap with cancer survivors. Participants also lit candles and observed a minute of silence for loved ones lost to the disease.

Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin arrived on Sunday morning to run the final few laps with participants.

"Relay for Life is not just an event, it is a worldwide movement to bring the community together in the fight against cancer," said Mr Foo Hee Jug, who chaired the event's organising committee. "The Singapore community came together with the single purpose of fighting cancer, giving much hope and inspiration to cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers."

Relay for Life is a fundraising event that started in the United States and has spread worldwide. This is the second year that the Singapore Cancer Society has taken part.