Sunday, August 23, 2009

Race Against Cancer aims to help needy patients


Race Against Cancer aims to help needy patients
By Cheryl Lim, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 23 August 2009 1448 hrs

SINGAPORE: Giving strength and encouragement to those battling cancer. That's what the inaugural Race Against Cancer hopes to do.

Some 3,600 participants took part in the race. Among them was Dr William Tan who is currently seeking treatment for stage four leukaemia. Together with some 20 sponsors, they raised about S$465,000.

The Cancer Society is hoping to raise some $500,000 as part of the race's fund-raising efforts.

The money will go towards the society's various programmes.

These include the "SCS Help the Children and Youth programme" that helps children whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Support will be provided in four areas - the school allowance grant and bursary schemes, counselling, mentoring and family engagement services.

The society helps more than 1,000 needy cancer patients and reaches out to some
40,000 individuals through its community outreach and awareness programmes.

- CNA/ir

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