Swimming multiple laps for three days in a row may be challenging for some. But that has not deterred SAFRA member Wee Boon Kiat from doing his part for charity. The lifeguard, a fan of physical activities such as running, cycling, swimming and triathlons, has participated in SAFRA Swim for Hope every year since 2012. “I did so intending to do my part for charity, to inspire others to join, and to help create awareness for the event. And something done out of enjoyment is never difficult,” says the 44-year-old father of two.
Boon Kiat, the second-placed finisher for the Open Category in last year’s event, swam at Swim for Hope 2018 for all three days (12, 13 and 14 Oct) at the event held across four clubs: SAFRA Jurong, SAFRA Yishun, SAFRA Toa Payoh and SAFRA Tampines. This year, more than 2,000 registered participants did their part clocking laps and raising funds for beneficiaries such as the Association for Persons with Special Needs, Singapore Children’s Society and Singapore Armed Forces Care Fund, with all proceeds fully donated to charity.
An event of good intentions, Swim for Hope was a hit among NSmen, their friends and families. It was an event where they could all equally contribute to charity. There was an Open category for individuals to swim any number of laps; a Parent-and-Child category to encourage families to bond and contribute as a team; and a new Junior category, for swimmers aged six to 12, which is an effort to involve children in the spirit of giving earlier in their lives while kick-starting a healthy lifestyle.
SAFRA Swim for Hope 2018 was organised in partnership with SG Cares, a social movement that aims to build a more caring and inclusive home for all Singaporeans and residents. Special thanks go to the following sponsors for another successful year of the event: Tote Board, Lee Foundation, Energetix, Peak Engineering & Consultancy, Speedo, Select Group, SunRice and other supporting partners. Boon Kiat was joined by his friends at the pool for the event and aims to continue bettering his personal best in laps in future. His advice to newcomers or those who have yet to join in: “Enjoy the process, have an open mind and contribute what you can.”