GK FUN RUN 2013: RUN TO BUILD
On 24th November 2013, GK Singapore held its first ever GK FUN RUN. The inaugural event was entitled RUN TO BUILD as proceeds from the run was meant to support GK Singapore’s community building programs, and more importantly, build the Gawad Kalinga movement in Singapore.
But two weeks before race day, super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck, leaving in its wake massive destruction in provinces in Visayas. In response to the call of GK Operation Walang Iwanan, the Fun Run team decided to re-channel part of the proceeds from the run to support the relief and rebuilding efforts. The public response was overwhelming. In the span of one week, both runner and volunteer sign-ups doubled in number – a testament to the “walang iwanan” spirit, as people just wanted to help in whatever way they can.
Over 800 runners of different nationalities came together on that bright Sunday morning in Bedok Reservoir Park to rally behind the cause. Runners started coming in at 6am with their families and friends, and volunteer hosts Andy and Icee got them ready with some stretches and warm-ups. After a short address by GK Singapore General Manager Claire Pascua thanking the participants for their support and encouraging them run in honor of the typhoon victims, the runners were off by 7am! The first finishers started coming in around 40 minutes later and the festivities went on until 9am as non-competitive participants finished within another couple of hours.
The success of the event has gone beyond the race day itself. In the days following the event GK Singapore received offers to help fundraise for typhoon relief & rebuild efforts and to volunteer for future events, not only from the participants themselves but also from their friends & family who learned about GK through the Fun Run.
With this kind of response received, the team is now inspired to definitely make GK Fun Run an annual event to continue to inspire GK advocates in Singapore to “Run to Build” – to build hope, to build the GK movement, and to re-build lives.