SINGAPORE - The ComChest Heartstrings Walk 2012 has raised $1.3 million, the highest amount raised through the event in the last ten years.
The walk is the first major Community Chest event in its 30th year of fund-raising.
The 4km Charity Fun Walk, which took place this morning at Marina Bay Sands, was flagged off by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.
The event saw some 6,000 individuals, comprising representatives from voluntary welfare organisations, corporate donors and members of the public, walk the scenic 4km route around the Marina Bay.
Participants were also treated to a carnival at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, which featured performances by Community Chest beneficiaries, massages and fringe activities like face painting, balloon sculpting and game stalls.
The donations were contributed by 30 corporate partners and will go towards helping needy families, frail and vulnerable elderly, children with special needs, youths-at-risk and persons with disabilities, said chairman of the ComChest Heartstrings Walk George Tanasijevich.
Key partners included the likes of StarHub, NTUC FairPrice Foundation, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, Keppel Offshore & Marine, Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore and Fu Lu Shou Si Mian Fo
One beneficiary of the donations is 22-year-old Amanda Mok from AWWA TEACH ME Services, a programme supported by StarHub through Community Chest.
Born with spinal bifida, a condition that leaves her with a damaged spinal cord and weakened legs, she first received therapy at AWWA when she was four.
She is now able to travel independently using public transport, mentors junior members of the AWWA guitar ensemble and actively participates in community events.