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Rowing Towards an Empathetic and Inclusive Society

01 Jun 2016

On 29 May 2016, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Ms Grace Fu graced the end of the milestone event when she joined more than 500 participants who took turns to paddle on kayaking ergometers continuously for 24 hours to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) [MDAS].

Canoeists paddling for a worthy cause

This gruelling challenge is an annual Service Learning Project by the Hwa Chong Canoeing team. To mark its 5th anniversary, the event was held outside the school compound for the first time at Star Vista.

Mr Quek Wee Tong, teacher-in-charge of the Canoeing Team and Physics Lecturer at HCI added:

      “For the past four years, the event has shown how sports can be a transformative force for both the individual and our society. This year, by holding the event at a public venue, we hope that we can reach out to more people and demonstrate how we can stand alongside people with muscular dystrophy as well as others who may need our support.

The Canoeing team’s unwavering perseverance raised more than $35,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore.

The Canoeing team: “When the muscles fail, the mind takes over”

Photo Credits: The Hwa Chong Canoeing Team

About the Hwa Chong 24-Hour Static Kayaking Challenge

The event was first introduced in 2011 with the purpose of raising funds and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore (MDAS). The team decided to organise this event as a way to use their skills in canoeing to serve the community.

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