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Covid-19: Virtual 1km run aims to get public to show support for frontliners

SINGAPORE — Another community event to show solidarity and support for frontliners in the battle against Covid-19 has emerged, this time in the form of a virtual 1km run.

SINGAPORE — Another community event to show solidarity and support for frontliners in the battle against Covid-19 has emerged, this time in the form of a virtual 1km run.

Called Run for Heroes 2020, it aims to build a “national movement of support for Singapore’s healthcare and service frontliners” during the Covid-19 pandemic. The organisers are sports and wellness management company Orange Room and sports marketing consultancy Novastella, which jointly issued a media release on the event  on Wednesday (May 27).

Supported by Sport Singapore and #SGUnited, registration for the virtual race is from Wednesday until Aug 8 on the event's website

Participants will have to record their runs using fitness trackers that will be verified upon submission. They must complete the race distance by 11.59pm on Aug 8, the day before National Day.

Participants who successfully complete the virtual run will be given a wristband, while another wristband with the runner’s personalised message of gratitude will be sent to a frontline worker.

Besides medical professionals, these frontline heroes include individuals such as cleaners, security personnel, transport workers and staff members manning the quarantine and isolation facilities, the organisers said.

Noting that Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact all around the world, Mr Elvin Ting, managing director of Orange Room, said that the initiative is a way of showing “solidarity and support for our frontliners”.

“We want to start a nationwide movement to celebrate a collective community spirit by rallying individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to run for someone else in a show of support to those who are fighting the virus outbreak on our behalf,” he said.

Run for Heroes also seeks to raise money for the Courage Fund, which provides relief and support to those who have been affected by the crisis.

Last month, several performing artistes led by musician-singer Dick Lee rallied people to sing the popular National Day song Home from their homes, to cheer on and show appreciation towards frontline and migrant workers.  

Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, said that she was heartened to see many organisations and individuals showing their support for the frontliners.

“In such extraordinary times, we need to stand united to overcome the challenge of Covid-19. Let us continue to look out and care for one another, especially those in need,” she said.

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