Participants of the APS Resilience Charity Run 2012, including Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan (in long pants), principal Wee Tat Chuen (front row, extreme left) and students, warming up before the run.Early in the morning of June 2, some 200 students, benefactors, teachers and well-wishers gathered at Assumption Pathway School (APS) for a run to raise $500,000 for the school building fund.

The run covered a distance of five km and was also open to the public who were charged a registration fee which would go to the building fund.

The money is mainly for a new building housing administration offices, special rooms for the school’s Aesthetics and Sports & Wellness programmes, and hostel facilities for the school’s Character Development programme.

APS caters to students who face difficulties completing the Primary School Leaving Examination.

The Gabrielite Brothers were entrusted to run this special school because of their experience in providing education for those who are less academically inclined.

Students CatholicNews spoke to said they were proud to be part of the run.

“I feel we’re paying it forward,” said Md Nur Razzi.

“I feel good … and I love the school,” said Md Hafiz.

Charlotte Lee said she felt excited as she is helping her school.

In his speech, guest of honour, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, noted that “APS represents a belief that every single child, every single person is valuable. Every single person has got talent, every single person is worth investing in”.

Explaining the mission of the school, principal Wee Tat Chuen said, “In our school, it is about creating life experiences that our students can pick up … and be brought to remembrance when they meet similar life difficulties … that they had once persevered and were able to rise up victorious.”

By Don Gurugay