9,000 took part in 6th Yellow Ribbon Prison Run, raising $130,000 for ex-offenders

9,000 took part in 6th Yellow Ribbon Prison Run, raising $130,000 for ex-offenders

SINGAPORE- About 9000 people ran or trudged along "The Road to Acceptance" on Sunday morning for the sixth Yellow Ribbon Prison Run, which raised $130,000 for ex-offenders.

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Singapore Prison Service's statement:

Participants From Different Backgrounds Come Together To Support Acceptance of Ex-offenders

14 September 2014 - More than 9,000 runners from various backgrounds participated in the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run today to show their support for the reintegration of former offenders. The run was flagged off by Ms Grace Fu, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, who also showed her support by participating in the 6km Fun Run.

The Yellow Ribbon Prison Run is one of the events under the Yellow Ribbon Project that encourages the acceptance of ex-offenders who have changed for the better. Among the runners this year were nine visually and physically-challenged representatives from the Runninghour, a social interest group that fosters better integration between the less-privileged. Mr Shariff Abdullah, better known as "SG Blade Runner" also took part in the 10km Competitive Run. Shariff is a marathon enthusiast born without a left foot and runs with a prosthetic blade.

Since 2004, the Yellow Ribbon Project organises initiatives and events that resulted in a growing number of Singaporeans demonstrating their support for the cause. The Yellow Ribbon Prison Run, themed The Road to Acceptance, celebrated its sixth edition this year and took participants through a scenic 10km Competitive Run or a 6km Fun Run before celebrating the collective support for ex-offenders with a carnival held within the Changi Prison Complex. Participants and members of the public at the carnival were able to view exhibits and performances that showcased the journey of inmates and ex-offenders in earning their acceptance into society.

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