THE NEW PAPER, 30 May 2017
Apart from giving coverage on LTAW as an event, The New Paper featured Raleigh volunteers Rae and Faith in this article. The pair of sisters shared their experiences in combatting mental illness: Faith's struggles with bipolar disorder and Rae's role as a caregiver.
Click here to read the article!
Veteran DJ Liang Ping interviewed Poh Joo, our chairperson, Faith Wong, our volunteer who is also volunteering at Caregivers’ Alliance Limited (CAL), as well as Vincent Yong, Founder & Director of Danspire International - our silver sponsor. The trio introduced the event, while PJ shared his own experience of walking 100km and gave details of the beneficiary and the walk. Faith shared about the help that CAL gives to caregivers, and some on mental health struggeles. She also gave advice on what members of the public can do to help people with mental conditions and their caregivers. Vincent shared his expertise in somatics and movement for a worthy cause.
Listen to their interview here.
UFM 100.3 Breakfast Crew, 31 May 2017
The energetic 4-member Breakfast Crew interviewed Poh Joo, our chairperson and Tiong Hock our Admin IC on their spirited and lively morning talk show. The entire segment was also broadcast via "Facebook Live", allowing followers of the radio station to "see" the DJs and our interviewees behind the scenes. PJ shared about LTAW and the rationale behind choosing CAL as the beneficiary this year while Tiong Hock shared personal insights from a caregiver’s perspective, and how we can support caregivers and their loved ones with mental illnesses by participating in this walk. The DJs were so inspired that they signed up for the 50km walk right after the show ended, in turn they also encouraged their fans to do so.
Listen to their interview here.
Berita Minggu, 14 May 2017
Berita Minggu, the Sunday edition of Singapore’s Malay broadsheet Berita Harian, gave prominence to our loyal Malay participants by giving us the entire back page! There were, in fact, two features: one on a big team of Malay women walkers; the second on Md Shariff, who is also known as Singapore’s Blade Runner. Here’s a brief translation of the news pieces. If there are any errors in translation, kindly email us and we will rectify.
“Challenging oneself to participate in a 100km endurance walk”
100km – this is the distance that Ms Suriati Shafii, a housewife with four children, will cover in this year’s Lets Take A Walk endurance walk. Even though she took part in the 50km walk previously, she’s still a little unsure if she can finish 100km. The event, to commence in September, is organised by a body of volunteers from Raleigh Singapore. It has been ongoing since 20 years ago. This year, the funds collected from the event will be channelled to Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL), which supports caregivers of people who have mental illnesses, as well as to Raleigh Singapore. As part of training, Ms Suriati exercises everyday in the gym and runs to improve her stamina. As for teammate Ms Rosniaty Abu Bakar, 34, this is her first time taking part in the event. “No matter how tired I will be walking later on, it will be incomparable to the fatigue and challenges faced by the caregivers of those who have mental illnesses.” (translated from the Malay language)
For a clearer read, please read this PDF here.
“Blade Runner confident of finishing walkathon like others”
“If they can, I can too!” Those are the words that motivated Singapore’s blade runner, Mr Muhammad Shariff Abdullah, a 48-year-old safety officer, to take part in this year’s Lets Take A Walk endurance walk. Despite having a prosthetic leg, he doesn’t allow his disability to get in the way. His experience in 2015 is ensuring that he will do better preparations this time round. Back then, he suffered injuries during the walk and had to seek help from a fellow walker. To build up his endurance, Mr Shariff has already begun practising by climbing stairs while carrying heavy bags. He will take part in the 50km category, which will take up to 15 hours. (translated from the Malay language)
For a clearer read, please read this PDF here.
938LIVE, 5 May 2017
We are so grateful for Keith de Souza of 938LIVE for being the first to support LTAW 2017! Once we kicked off our registration, he was the first to schedule us so that we could share about our event. Toh Poh Joo, LTAW chairperson, Ong Ling Lee, Raleigh Singapore’s President, and Dr Sally Thio, the Executive Director of Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) went “live” on-air from 1030am to 11am! They shared with Keith about the history of LTAW – how it got started 20 years ago when Linglee was just a mere babe (er-hem, who believes her???), and why we want to donate our proceeds to CAL (because caregivers are often overlooked). Dr Thio also shared about the importance of supporting caregivers in the whole ecosystem of support for people who have mental illnesses.
You can listen to the radio interview here:
UFM 100.3, 6 Aug 2015
Tiong Hock, our co-chairperson and Linglee, our route planner and Raleigh Society president, were invited to UFM 100.3 for a "live" on-air chat about Let's Take A Walk on 6th August 2015. This was just a week before our registration deadline. At that time, there were about 800+ sign ups. Within that last week, we had a jump in numbers and broke the 1,000 mark to create a new record of 1,100+ registrants! Thank you UFM deejays for giving us precious airtime to talk about why we - volunteers who put in extra time after work almost every night - believe in the cause and are doing this!
Listen to the "live" chat here.
Wanbao, 30 Jul 2015
Just days after publishing a story about Sheau Wen, Wanbao wrote another story. This time it was about Tiong Hock, our co-chairperson. It talked about Tiong Hock's personal challenges in life - from growing up in a financially strapped situation, to having to travel to Turkey last year to search for his missing brother. These challenges and the goodwill that Tiong Hock's family has received over the years prompted Tiong Hock to step up to organise LTAW for the second year - so that he can Pay It Forward. If you want a closer read, click here: Tionghock.pdf
Wanbao, 26 July 2015
Wanbao, one of Singapore's two Chinese daily evening newspapers, wrote about our post-humous co-chairperson Lai Sheau Wen. The article talked about Sheau Wen's battle against various cancers in the span of eight years. More importantly, it shared how Sheau Wen was always brave in the face of pain and disappointment, and how she continued to give to society despite her personal challenges. A strength that we all strive to emulate.
The downloadable PDF of the Wanbao article is here: sheauwen.pdf
Run Society, 26 July 2015
Run Society, Asia's Leading Online Running Magazine, featured our other co-chairperson Yang Tiong Hock on 26 July 2015. The writer calls Tiong Hock "cute" and encourages readers to walk in his shoes to understand his charitable heart!
Read the story here.
938 LIVE, 20 July 2015
938LIVE, Singapore's English news-talk radio station, gave us plenty of air-time on 20 July 2015. Chan Peng (Raleigh exco member and one of the former LTAW chairpersons), Phern Tan (route planning volunteer), and Bridgette See (Raleigh exco member and Publicity I/C for LTAW 2015), were invited to 938Live's studio to chat about LTAW with Keith De Souza. We enjoyed the opportunity to share about our cause on-air. We will be posting the recording of the chats once we get them!
HCA Connect, 3 July 2015
HCA Connect is the inhouse newsletter for HCA Hospice Care, one of the designated beneficiaries of this year's LTAW. The article, which was contributed by Bridgette See, a LTAW volunteer, talked about Sheau Wen's ceaseless voluntary efforts despite her cancers, and why her friends decided to dedicate half the proceeds to HCA Hospice Care.
You can read the article here.
Gold 90.5FM, 3 July 2015
Gold 90.5FM's Mike & Joe Experiment gave LTAW plenty of air-time before our Early Bird registration period ended. Thank you - our registration numbers shot up right after! Our Publicity volunteer Bridgette See spoke with the deejays about the history of Raleigh Society, and why its volunteers are stepping up to organise this crazy event.
Have a listen here!