Santas and elves descend on Singapore for charity run

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Guest-of-Honour Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth flags off the 5km fun run. PHOTO: MAKE-A-WISH SINGAPORE
Asean Para Games gold medallist Jason Chee (third from right) was among the supporters who came down to support the cause, and Ms Grace Fu (second from right), Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, graced the event as Guest-of-Honour. PHOTO: MAKE-A-WISH SINGAPORE
Participants at the start of the Santa Run. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Participants playing in the carnival after the 5km run and 2km walk. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
A participant dressed as Santa Claus taking part in the 5km run. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Santa Claus was back in town for the fourth edition of a charity run by the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Held at The Promontory@Marina Bay on Saturday morning (Dec 9), the Santa Run for Wishes saw participants decked in Christmas-themed costumes - from reindeers and elves to snowmen and Santa Claus.

Proceeds from the run will go into granting the wishes of Make-A-Wish foundation beneficiaries between three to 18 years old.

Some 3,300 participants arrived at the crack of dawn to take part in either a 5km run or a 2km walk, that were flagged off at 7.25am and 8.25am respectively by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Community, Culture and Youth, who was the guest of honour.

Last year, the run saw some 4,600 participants.

Runners warmed up to Christmas jingles in the background, before zooming off.

In a first for the organisers, participants of the 2km walk could download an app called LocoMole to view stories behind heritage landmarks as they embarked towards One Fullerton and back.

Participants in Christmas costume at the start of the 5km run. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

"It's a way to give back to society and keep fit at the same time," said Ms Cecelia Lim, 47, an associate finance director who took part in the 5km run towards Marina Barrage and back.

She was joined by her sister and her two daughters.

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"I'm very encouraged that (the proceeds) go back to the Make-A-Wish beneficiaries. I hope they have a blessed Christmas," she said.

The Make-A-Wish foundation has raised $500,000 in proceeds this year, less than its original $750,000 target.

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