Tuesday, December 11, 2012

raising money for charity. - Financial consultant Sean Ong

 To simplify complications is the FIRST essential of success. 

His Christmas wish: 1,000km in 100 days for chronically-ill children

Financial consultant dons running shoes to help chronically ill children Causes Week features stories about charities and causes, as well as people and organisations raising funds for them.

 12.12.12. Day87. It is DONE. 1000km completed. After days n nights of lonely runs, painful knees, ankles n toes, many forgone business meetings n disrupted family events, moments of mind vs body as I dragged an unwilling body along a seemin
gly never-ending road, it's finally DONE! And nothing sweeter than having my wife n baby girl surprising me at the finishing point, showing their support for Run4theirlivesSingapore. We are fortunate to be who, what and where we are today. Let's help the less fortunate ones. Thank u on behalf of the kids at Club Rainbow :)- Sean Ong

Published on Dec 10, 2012

-- PHOTO: MARK CHEONG FOR THE STRAITS TIMES



FINANCIAL consultant Sean Ong used to spend the Christmas season lounging on the couch, watching re-runs of festive movies on TV.

But this Christmas Eve will be different for the 34-year-old.
He will be running from his flat in Ang Mo Kio all the way to Club Rainbow's office in Upper Cross Street to extend his festive wishes to children suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses. 

{2012 Charity Game Plan: My name is Sean Ong or 王明全, 34 years of age this year. I shall attempt to personally run 1,000km in 100days leading to Xmas 2012. The aim of the Run is to raise funds for charity, in this case Club Rainbow Singapore (www.clubrainbow.org). - Sean Ong}

This last run is a fitting closure for an endeavour to which he is faithfully committed - running 1,000km in 100 days in a task culminating on Christmas Eve.

For going the distance, he hopes to raise funds for children from Club Rainbow, a charity that supports chronically ill children.

Since Sept 17, he has been running some 10km every morning largely in his Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood before heading to work. His smartphone tracks the distance he has covered and he uploads the information daily onto a Facebook page, so that donors are kept up to date on his progress.

One might assume that Mr Ong is a born runner, but pounding the pavement does not come naturally to him.

Childhood asthma limited his ability to play sports and he took up activities such as playing the harmonica in school instead.

Before embarking on this project, called "Run 4 Their Lives Singapore", he did leisure runs of not more than 3km, once a month.

"I am not athletic and I hate running. But it has to cost me some effort to get people to sit up, take notice and donate," said Mr Ong, who admitted that it has been a lonely run most of the time.

"Day after day when I run, sometimes in the rain, I wonder if anybody knows, if anybody cares and whether the donations are coming in," he said.

Mr Gregory Vijayendran, 44, president of Club Rainbow (Singapore), said Mr Ong's run was symbolic of the journey chronically ill children undertake.

"The children run not a short sprint but a life marathon filled with setbacks and struggles. The run is powerfully symbolic of that life marathon where the children demonstrate inner resilience and courage time and again," said Mr Vijayendran.

It was also the inner strength epitomised by the late Canadian Terry Fox, who inspired the run. Mr Fox committed himself to running across Canada despite having lost a leg to bone cancer, to raise money for cancer research.

Four years ago, Mr Ong found himself staring in silent admiration at a 3m bronze statue of Mr Fox overlooking Lake Superior in Ontario. The site was where the Canadian was forced to give up his run after succumbing to a final onslaught of cancer.

Mr Ong knew then that he wanted to commit to a cause larger than himself.

However, it was only when his baby girl was born last year that he decided to do something for charity. He was grateful that his daughter was given a clean bill of health and wanted to help other children who were not so fortunate.

"Call it a mid-life crisis of sorts, I was sick of talking about money with my friends, about stocks, property and cars," said Mr Ong, who has worked in the financial sector for the last 10 years. He is now a partner at IPP Financial Advisers.

"If it's going to be about money, this time it will be raising money for charity."

To date, he has raised more than $4,000 and hopes to reach a target of $10,000.

Ms Jo Tang, 34, donated $100 to the cause, although she does not know Mr Ong personally.

The teacher said: "I heard about the run from my friend and donated as I could identify with why he was running. I have two young girls and am constantly thankful that they are healthy."

jantai@sph.com.sg

To donate, go to www.facebook.com/run4theirlivessingapore



Background story

Causes Week features stories about charities and causes, as well as people and organisations raising funds for them



To simplify complications is the FIRST essential of success. 

MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Call it a mid-life crisis of sorts, I was sick of talking about money with my friends, about stocks, property and cars... If it's going to be about money, this time it will be raising money for charity.
- Financial consultant Sean Ong


Donations till date (10/12/2012) stands near $5,000. You can donate to Club Rainbow via www.clubrainbow.org. Just message me your name via FB privately so that your donation can be recorded under the Run4theirlivesSingapore project. You can also mail a
cheque (payable to “Club Rainbow Singapore”) to Club Rainbow office at 538 Upp Cross St #05-263 Spore 050538. Do write your name, IC no, mailing address, and the project name Run4theirlivesSingapore be
hind your cheque. All donations are tax-deductible. Any amount donated are appreciated! Thank you for your generosity!  

Day86. 987.49km done. 13km to go. Tomorrow's (12/12/12) the BIG day to cross 1000km! Shall do it in the morning with a scenic Marina Barrage-MBFC-Flyer run https://www.facebook.com/run4theirlivessingapore 

 To simplify complications is the FIRST essential of success.

 Pls keep the donations coming! Hope to at least cross $10K for the kids. To see the detailed route of my final run, you can goto http://www.runningmap.com/?id=481652 See you guys along the way if you happen to be there! :) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=403680123040010&set=a.363121030429253.81783.350356021705754&type=1

2 comments:

Phạm Bảo said...

Hello! Nice to get acquainted.
I'm doing a project to introduce the school's website to the community and need the help of everyone Cao đẳng nghề , Now this is where the huge trade NEW VUI & khu giải trí Diễn Đàn Xổ Số - Lô Gan - Xổ Số Miền Bắc - Kết quả Xổ Số - Diễn Đàn Xổ Số Vui , and this is a serious topic of family Dòng Họ Người Việt
Invite people to phone support. Thanks!

Rachel Matteson said...

This is a wonderful cause. I am so inspired by this that I could have joined in if I have only known about this earlier. Indeed, Christmas is the season of giving and what better time to give than now.
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