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Participants of the Catholic Welfare Services walkathon in the 2-km walk from the Singapore Flyer to the Merlion and back.

Jared Ng

It was a Sunday walk with a special significance. It was an event to bring the message to our needy, aged and underprivileged that the community do love and care for them.

The two-kilometre walk organised by Catholic Welfare Services (CWS) was held on Oct 28, and attracted some 500 people. Among them were volunteers, donors and residents from the three nursing homes under CWS – St Joseph’s Home, St Theresa’s Home and Villa Francis Home For The Aged – as well as St Vincent Home, a shelter home set up by CWS for people needing public assistance.

Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, who was the guest-of-honour, flagged off the walk.

The event saw participants walk under the morning sunshine from the Singapore Flyer to the Merlion at the Merlion Park. Able-bodied participants assisted the wheel-chair bound elderly by pushing them as they chatted and enjoyed the view at Marina Bay.

Games, music and food awaited participants as they made their way back to the flyer. The residents from the various homes were also treated to a ride on the Singapore Flyer which certainly made their day.

“Regardless of their physical and financial challenges, they should not feel alienated and should continue to remain connected with their Singaporeans,” said CWS in a press release.

This is the second time CWS has organised a walkathon. The first was held at Labrador Park on April 30 in 2017. 

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