POSB and the People’s Association tied up once again yesterday on a sunny Sunday to organise the POSB PAssion Run for Kids to raise funds for less fortunate children.
The POSB PAssion Kids Fund aims to support the children in the community through different programmes. It is part of the People's Association Community Development Fund (PACDF) whose objective is to promote activities and programmes which will contribute towards social capital and community development.
There's a variety of personal reasons why you slip on your trainers and get out for a run, but some take it up a notch by choosing to raise money while they run. I prefer to use my running to contribute positively for charity or to the less fortunate. Running for charity can be a hugely rewarding activity.
POSB PAssion Run for Kids 2012 at Marina Promontory yesterday showed much support towards building a brighter future and happier childhood for kids in the community. With different routes catered for different participants, there was something for everyone at the Run.
Running for a good cause / charity can give you a purpose for exercising. So if you've found it hard to get motivated to exercise lately, signing up to a charity run could give you the purpose you need to get out of the sofa. After all, if you have a charity in mind which means something special to you, it puts things in perspective and it might just get easier to get your jogging gear on and go out for a run.
The day of the run gives you an opportunity to really push yourself. Why not give yourself realistic goals well before the day which you can work towards, such as being able to walk or run the relevant distance in a certain time or being able to run half the race and walk the other half. The key is to be realistic - it's much better to exceed your expectations than to become disappointed if you haven't reached your goal.
You may have a personal reason to raise funds for a particular charity. Not only will this motivate you to train, but it will also give you a feeling of contribution and achieving something for a cause which you believe in. You don't have to participate on your own. You can run with a friend or a group of friends to really get into the team spirit.
You will get fitter. Besides feeling good about giving, you will also improve your fitness, particularly if you train beforehand and set yourself goals along the way. The charity will be able to help more people and causes, which is a truly wonderful thing to contribute to.
It was a wonderful 10km run that I had participated in September for a great cause! :-)