It was an event with a great cause and message – the battle against racism – and YSA lent its whole-hearted support to it.

The annual Orange Ribbon Run and Walk took place on 16 August 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands. Themed “Race Against Racism”, the important occasion attracted some 5,500 participants from all backgrounds and walks.

The event served as a symbolic movement against racism and rallying call to ingrain values of respect, understanding and trust in our community. The participants made a stand by running a distance of five to ten kilometres, or walking 3.5 kilometres for the cause dressed in orange.

Mr S Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry, graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour. Also in attendance were Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor, North West District, and Mr Zainudin Nordin, Chairman,

The afternoon began with video screening on the issue of racism and the need to stand firm against it. Mr Iswaran then delivered his address where he stated that Singaporeans must guard the country from prejudice, and that means taking an active role in discouraging hate speech or insensitive racial comments online. It may be as straightforward as speaking up against such insensitive acts and comments, or not liking such a post. Stating that Singapore had its fair share of racial turmoil and conflict in our early days of independence, he added that, “We overcame it, through strong leadership, good policies, and, most importantly, the indomitable spirit of Singaporeans, like you and me, who chose to reject prejudice and embrace our religious and cultural diversity.”

Mr Iswaran’s address was followed by the penning of “Race Against Racism” messages and the recital of National Pledge led by players from Football Association of Singapore. Mr Iswaran then flagged off the 3.5 kilometre walk around Marina Bay Sand. The organisers also arranged for performances along the various sectors of the walk. The five to ten kilometre run took place earlier in the day. The day ended with a prize presentation for the run.

The event was led by, in partnership with the self-help groups, Football Association of Singapore and S League, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Education, and with the support of the Community Development Councils and People’s Association.

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