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Text and photos from Metta Welfare Association | 12 September 2017
The Metta Charity Run 2017, held on 26th August 2017, proved to be a great success, with over 1,200 runners participating and more than $100,000 raised.
The Metta Charity Run 2017, which was held on 26th August 2017 and is now in its 8th year, proved to be a great success, with over 1,200 runners participating and more than $100,000 raised. The run was held at OCBC Square at The Singapore Sports Hub and kicked off at 7:30am, embracing a Superhero theme to honour the charity's supporters, donors and volunteers.

The Metta Charity Run 2017 saw over 1,200 runners participating and more than $100,000 raised
Gracing the event as Guest-of-Honour was Mr. Seah Kian Peng, MP for Marine Parade GRC, together with Ms. Jessica Tan, MP for East Coast GRC, who participated as a Special Guest. Key contributors including Singapore Pools and Tote Board, Changi Simei Grassroots Organisations, Component Technology and Jack Investment Pte Ltd received Tokens of Appreciation.

The non-competitive run consisted of three categories, namely the Legendary 10km, Powerful 5km and Dynamic Duo Parent & Child 1.5km Fun Run. The 1.5km scenic route along Tanjong Rhu Bridge was packed with engaging games and activities that engaged the family. Clients from Metta School and Metta Home for the Disabled also joined in the Run to show their support to the fundraiser.

Volunteers dressed in Superhero characters found great appeal with the runners whilst a mini carnival with snacks and stalls added conviviality to the Run. This included a photobooth to capture the moment, Henna hand painting and a creative balloon decoration corner for kids.

Entertainment highlights included performances by the Pudgy Busker, a talented and professional street busker who serenades the crowd with soothing contemporary pop songs, the Metta School's Stomp Warriors which gave an exuberant and rousing percussion performance, another group of students who provided an exciting Wushu display, and a team of energetic and vibrant tweens from the Cheerleading Association (Singapore) who enchanted the crowd with their bouncy nimble dance moves. Triskelion Singapore Council, a Filipino community whose members works in various industries in Singapore, were also there to perform their cover versions of popular contemporary songs.

A Milo truck, sponsored by Nestle, provided free flow chilled Milo beverages while isotonic drinks, sponsored by Coca Cola, quenched the thirst of the runners with snacks from Metta Café filling their tummies.

The Metta Charity Run aims to raise funds for the disability care, medical care, special education and early intervention programmes that Metta provides in aid of some 1,100 beneficiaries from across various races and religions.