Just yesterday, more than four hundred NSmen along with their families set a new record in the Singapore Book of Records. Within a space of six hours, these families swam a total of 22,637 laps combined in this year’s SAFRA Swim For Hope. In fact, the whole aim of the event was to raise funds for the Community Chest.
The charity event was organised by SAFRA Tampines for the third year running. For the first time, the charity also saw 43 father-and-child pairs participate in the newly introduced Dads for Life Father & Child Challenge. This enabled the pairs to bond and contribute to the effort at the same time. In all, a total of $20,000 was raised. These funds will be used to benefit children with special needs and youths at risk through three beneficiaries of the Community Chest. The beneficiaries include Grace Orchard School, Association for Persons with Special Needs Katong School and the Youth Guidance Outreach Services Experiential Learning and Mentoring Programme (Woodlands).
This year saw Mr Koh Chaik Chuan as the winner of the individual category with a total of 306 laps. As for the Dads for Life Father & Child category, the champions were Mr Chong Yew Keong (father) and Ray Chong Cheng Yew (son). Both of them as a pair completed a total of four hundred and three laps. The winners of the categories were also rewarded with attractive prizes such as a 3D2N trip to Bintan Lagoon Resort. This year saw the number of laps completed within six hours increased by close to a thousand more compared to last year’s SAFRA Swim For Hope. The previous record set for the most number of laps swam in six hours was 21,898 laps. For the full story, you can read it from here.
Swimming is probably one of the most common activities that Singaporeans partake in. This is due to a number of reasons ranging from physical benefits all the way to psychological effects. Swimming is definitely a sport to help keep one in shape. At the same time, one will be able to relief him/herself from stress while swimming. Perhaps these are just some of the reasons why the Singapore government is also promoting swimming in the curriculum. However, it is always good to get your child started in swimming when they are young. At Happy Fish Swim School, we have a wide range of swimming lessons available to cater to each individual’s needs. For those who intend to get a head start for their child, do take a look at our baby swimming lessons.