Duke-NUS Governing Board Member Michael Dee traversed the hot sands of the Gobi Desert, as part of a gruelling 250-kilometre seven day race better known as the Gobi March. His efforts have helped to raise awareness of scholarships for Duke-NUS medical students with financial needs. Having come from humble beginnings, Michael believes that the determination of young, aspiring clinician-scientists to serve the sick and research on prevention of diseases should not be denied.
His passion to help the students at Duke-NUS inspired 40 staff and students of the Graduate Medical School to collectively match his effort kilometre-by-kilometre in the Mizuno Mount Faber Run on June 13. Tough as the run was, each participant was mindful that Michael would, in a fortnight, be running a race far more challenging than their 10km race.
“Going through the hilly terrain, I thought to myself, ‘I should try to get through this in support of Michael’s brave, determined and sacrificial attempt at the gruelling Gobi Desert race!’ We are truly grateful to him for putting all the effort to raise funds for fellow passionate and dedicated medical students in need of the financial support to fulfill their calling to serve the community at large as a doctor,” said Duke-NUS medical student, Rachel Ng (Class of 2013).
Michael started the race on June 27 and over four consecutive days, covered more than 130 kilometres in the intense heat. Unfortunately, the combined effect of sun and exhaustion finally got to him, and in the penultimate stage, he was forced to retire for health and safety reasons.
Dr. Craig Stenberg, Associate Dean, Student Affairs & Admissions, commended Michael’s effort: “Duke-NUS is all about going the extra mile in order to transform medicine and improve lives. Michael exemplifies that ethic, and I am grateful to him and our students for raising awareness and supporting the school in a tangible way. Striving together, giving our best, we can make a difference.”
Michael’s participation in the Gobi March was accompanied by an appeal campaign that raised over S$34,000 from well-wishers. Duke-NUS is grateful to Michael Dee for making this fund possible and to all our donors for their generosity.
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