SMU Challenge is a signature SMU community outreach event organised by the Special Interest and Community Service Sodality (SICS). Here at SMU, we believe in walking the talk. SMU’s students, staff, faculty and alumni worked together as a university to give back to society.
Since its initiation in 2008, SMU Challenge has reached out to a variety of beneficiaries such as Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore), Geylang East Home for the Aged, Society of Moral Charities and most recently, Lions Befrienders Service Association.
SMU Challenge follows the model of Understanding, Empowering and Inspiring to guide its three main activities – interaction, fundraising and finale events. Volunteers take part in interaction sessions with the beneficiary to provide the personal touch; being on the ground helps them to understand societal needs, hence empowering them in their quest to garner support for the beneficiary.
Since 2015, SMU Challenge has collaborated with The Purple Parade — a movement supported by the Central Singapore Community Development Council (CSCDC) that supports the inclusion and celebrates the abilities of persons with special needs — to raise awareness and support for the special needs community in Singapore. In 2015 the committee worked closely with three organisations, namely the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf), Muscular Dystrophy Association Singapore (MDAS), and the Down Syndrome Association to organise a series of outings called Purple Outings, which included activities such as visits to the Sports Hub and muffin baking. These outings culminated in a finale Walk for Good walkathon around Marina Bay on 5 September 2015. More than 200 SMU students, alumni, staff and faculty members took part in the Finale Walkathon which covered some 7km.
For SMU Challenge 2016, the committee once again collaborated with CSCDC to hold its signature annual walkathon in conjunction with Singapore’s last Car-Free Sunday of the year on 31st July 2016. Flagged off by Mayor of Central Singapore District Denise Phua, an estimated 250 participants from SMU including students, faculty and staff took part in the walkathon with beneficiaries from SADeaf and MDAS along the 5-km route in the city. The charity walk passing by prominent landmarks such as National Gallery Singapore, The Float@Marina Bay, and Kampong Glam, ending at Peace Connect Neighbourhood Link where participants delivered backpacks loaded with basic necessities such as rice, biscuits, and soy sauce. A total of 1050kg of necessities were delivered by the participants for this event.
Building on the success of SMU Challenge over the years, SICS looks forward to uniting the school again to give back to society in a bigger and more impactful way.
Find out more about SMU Challenge 2016 here and also read more about the beneficiaries from SADeaf and MDAS in a special e-book specially produced to share stories about their lives and promote the inclusion of people with special needs here.
Last updated on 17 Oct 2016 .