SAFRA Swim for Hope Draws Record Number of Participants to Raise Funds for Charity
October 11, 2015
More than 1,700 Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) and their families swam a combined 79,038 laps at the 5th edition of SAFRA Swim for Hope, raising $79,038 for charity. For the first time, the event was held over three days at all SAFRA clubs island-wide from 9 to 11 October 2015.
Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Minister of State for Defence and Deputy President of SAFRA, graced the event’s finale held at SAFRA Tampines. He presented prizes to the top 10 swim marathoners who swam the most number of laps and also presented the cheque to the four beneficiaries.
This year’s event featured a unique swim marathon concept which challenged seasoned swimmers to clock more than 250 laps in the pool. Mr Vincent Koh Chaik Chuan swam a total of 1,317 laps to be the top swim marathoner and also earned himself a spot in the Singapore Book of Records for the most number of laps swam on consecutive days by an individual. He was also the individual category winner in 2013 and 2014, clocking a total of 306 laps and 342 laps in six hours respectively.
The event drew strong support from various units from the Republic of Singapore Navy, with more than 260 participants from the Naval Diving Unit, 185 Squadron and the Navy Force Readiness Squadron joining the event. National athletes such as water polo player Lee Kai Yang and diver Mark Lee also swam alongside NSmen and their families. The support of participants from the Special Olympics Singapore and Metta School also inspired many other participants to go the extra mile.
Each lap swam raised $1 to help needy NSmen and underprivileged children from four beneficiaries - Aquatics Heart & Hope, Community Chest, SAF Care Fund and Singapore Children’s Society.
Last year, 1,500 NSmen and their families swam a total of 72,049 laps. A total of $76,925 was contributed to charity, boosted by additional donations.