Singapore — Over 600 participants in the 12th NUS BSA Charity Run (BCR) have raised more than S$600,000 for a notable cause.
The annual flagship event of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School is organised by the NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA) and supported by BIZAlum, the School’s alumni office.
The record sum will go towards student bursaries, including the NUSBSA Bursary Fund. TOUCH Community Services (Elder Care), the partner beneficiary for BCR2022, will receive matching grants from Tote Board under its Enhanced Fundraising Programme.
In the virtual closing ceremony today, Mr Eric Chua, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Social and Family Development, said, “I also wish to take this chance to encourage both individuals and corporates to give and care for others in our daily lives. While COVID has thrown us a curve ball, it has also made humanity shine brighter than before.”
The virtual run took place from 5 to 16 January. BCR participants could choose where and when to run, so long as they could show proof of their completion of 12 km in the individual run or 112 km in the team run.
NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye, who kickstarted the virtual run on 5 January, said, “Over the past two years, we have collectively come to realise the critical importance of strong community bonds. I am therefore greatly pleased and very proud of how the NUS community has continued to rally together in support of those in need.”
Over the past 11 years, BCR had attracted 12,000 participants and raised over S$2.2 million. This translated to more than 400 student bursary awards and support for 13 social service agencies.
Distinguished Professor Andrew Rose, Dean, NUS Business School, said, “We are proud of our alumni, students and staff who have stepped up to organise the run all these years. They didn’t just create an event that bonds people, they created a tradition that inspires and helps many in the years to come.”
Mr James Tan, CEO of TOUCH Community Services, said, “Let’s continue to build on this momentum and give our seniors the respect and appreciation that they so deserve. Because everyone can be someone to impact lives.”
The fundraising drive is ongoing and donations can be made at nusbsa.org/BCR_Donate till 1 March 2022.