National University of Singapore (NUS) students, alumni, staff and members of the public participating in RunNUS 2010 shared a common goal: raise funds for student bursaries. This annual race, organised by the National University of Singapore Students’ Sports Club, broke records this year by generating over S$29,000 for student bursaries through the NUS Annual Giving Campaign.
The annual race, organised by the National University of Singapore Students’ Sports Club, broke records this year as for the first time it included a fundraising element. Participants generated over S$29,000 for student bursaries through the NUS Annual Giving Campaign. The runner who raised the most funds, Natasha Lai, was also the lucky winner of a Macbook Pro.
RunNUS, which took place on Sunday 15th August, brought together over 1,400 students, alumni, staff and members of the public to run either 10km or 5km around the NUS Kent Ridge campus. In addition to participants’ registration fees going towards the NUS Annual Giving Campaign, runners were encouraged to ask friends and family to pledge donations on their behalf and stand the chance to win a Macbook Pro.
Natasha Lai, a Final Year Real Estate student, who admits she does not enjoy running at all and for whom the race was “a once in a lifetime experience”, raised S$850 for Annual Giving, and was the overall winner. Natasha has a personal interest in the Annual Giving cause, “I once applied for a bursary but did not qualify due to the overwhelming demand. It made me realise that there are so many others who are in a worse financial situation than me. I wanted to do something to help.”
So far this year, Annual Giving has raised S$285,733 from 3,405 donors. Six months still remain for this year’s campaign and Annual Giving is on track to meet, if not surpass, last year’s total of 6,248 donors.