For the past 10 years, I have been a faithful volunteer supporting the run for cancer research – the first 5 years when I was in Regent Singapore, and the next 5 years over here at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. Since May this year, my colleagues and I have been organising several staff activities at the hotel to raise awareness and funds leading up to the Run For Hope 2012.
These activities include sale of fruits that were either sponsored or provided at special rates by our suppliers, dumplings in conjunction with the Dragon-boat festival, as well as karaoke singing sessions. Singing is my favorite pastime. I feel very fortunate that I could tap on my personal interest and incorporate it with charitable efforts at my workplace. Although I am not into running, I strongly believe in doing my part, however small it may seem, for a good cause.
What further encourages me is the great enthusiasm and support given by my fellow colleagues. The activities have been very well received so far. Such meaningful efforts keep me very motivated in my job. By the day of the run, we hope to have raised $10,000 from the staff activities, contributing to the amount that Run For Hope aims to raise for research at the National Cancer Centre Singapore.
Recently, this suddenly became a cause close to home. I lost a family member to cancer. He passed away barely a month after diagnosis because it was detected at a late stage. We never know when and who cancer may strike. Through cancer research, I hope cancer can one day become more easily detectable and curable. A lot of support is needed to make this day a reality sooner. For the benefit of our families, and ourselves, let us not take health for granted.
Susan Tan, Director of Purchasing, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore