Close to 3,500 runners celebrated SGX Cares’ 20th anniversary at the highly anticipated SGX Cares Bull Charge Charity Run, held at the Marina Barrage for the first time.
With the support of the financial community, S$2,538,888 was raised for SGX Cares’ adopted beneficiaries for 2023.
Guest-of-Honour Minister of State for Social and Family Development Sun Xueling flagged off the run which featured two race categories – the 3km Chief Challenge involving CEOs and chiefs of companies and the 5km mass run.
The runners were also treated to food, drinks, live music and entertainment at the Festival Village, which made a comeback after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Proceeds from fundraising activities throughout the year are channelled via Community Chest to AWWA Ltd, Autism Association (Singapore), Fei Yue Community Services, HSCA Community Services and Shared Services for Charities.
Loh Boon Chye, Chief Executive Officer, SGX Group, said, “It is remarkable how we have progressed from a charity run in the Central Business District to a sizeable collaborative initiative encompassing fundraising, outreach and financial literacy – demonstrating how ‘Better Happens Together’ when everyone puts their minds and hearts into something unique like SGX Cares. We are deeply grateful to all our corporate partners and volunteers for their tremendous contributions over the years, which have made a significant impact on the lives of our beneficiaries since 2004. We look forward to empowering our community for many more years, with even greater purpose and impact.”
Launched in 2004, SGX Cares is the only corporate charity initiative in Singapore that brings together the financial community and SGX-listed companies to support the needs of underprivileged children and families, persons with disabilities, as well as the elderly.
Over S$50 million has been raised over two decades for more than 50 charities and a variety of causes, through the support of corporate sponsors and partners. SGX Cares has since expanded to comprise three pillars – SGX Cares Bull Charge, SGX Cares Outreach and SGX Cares Financial Literacy.
In FY2023 (July 2022 to June 2023), SGX Group employees clocked close to 2,000 volunteering hours across 12 different activities, reaching out to more than 2,000 individuals in the community.