Organised by SCS, RAC 2021 aims to raise funds for cancer treatment subsidies, welfare assistance, cancer rehabilitation, hospice care, cancer screenings, research, public education and cancer support group initiatives.
Funds raised will help to drive SCS's programmes and services such as the SCS Cancer Care Fund, SCS Cancer Rehabilitation Centre, SCS Cancer Treatment Fund, SCS Help the Children and Youth Programme and the SCS Welfare Aid.
RAC exists to make our statement against cancer, to minimise cancer and maximise lives.
No one should fight cancer alone - this event invites people of all walks of life to join in the fight and run alongside those who are impacted by cancer.
Due to the COVID-19 situation this year, RAC will be conducted virtually and physically as part of efforts to adhere to safe distancing measures. The RAC 2021 provides an opportunity for participants to run at their own convenience, within the race period.
The RAC 2021 will be a 9-day event where participants can run anywhere in Singapore by using a GPS-enbled app (STRAVA is the preferred app) to track your runs. Participants can choose to run at the Parks or Park Connector Network (PCN) in your immediate neighbourhood or even within your own home, as long as the GPS-enbled app is able to capture your running route.
Cancer is so pervasive in Singapore with 39 people diagnosed with cancer every day and in all parts of Singapore. SCS would like to rally participants to run and conquer the entire Singapore map to signify that we are CONNECTED AS ONE giving hope and support to the cancer community. Our goal is to cover and heat up the entire map of Singapore to fight against cancer and save lives!
Established in 1964, Singapore Cancer Society is a self-funded voluntary welfare organisation which provides patient care services to needy cancer patients through its welfare, hospice home care, cancer treatment subsidy and rehabilitation support programmes. In addition, the Society also provides free cancer screening services and promotes cancer awareness and prevention through its public education and community outreach programmes.
The Society organises various fundraising activities, including Race Against Cancer, to rally the community to join in the fight, raising funds to support us in providing quality services to cancer patients, their families and the public.
Every year, we need to raise S$20million to fund our programmes and services.
For the RAC 2021, our target is to raise a total of $1,200,000.
Cancer Care Fund is a one-off financial assistance that aims to alleviate financial burdens and provide for immediate needs following a cancer diagnosis. This fund is accessible to newly diagnosed patients who meet the income requirements of the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS).
Singapore Cancer Society Rehabilitation Centre is the first and only centre that provides specialised cancer rehabilitation programmes to help cancer survivors, their spouses and their families. These interventions are designed to improve their quality of life and to help them be healthy, confident and engaged. It is aimed at enabling cancer survivors to take charge of their lives by overcoming any challenges, managing their health and adopting a healthy lifestyle. We provide holistic care, targeting at the Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Psychological, Social and Vocational aspects of rehabilitation. The rehabilitation centre is located at JEM Office Tower, next to Jurong MRT station.
Here in Singapore Cancer Society, we believe that no one should be denied access to treatment and proper healthcare due to financial difficulties. As such, the SCS Cancer Treatment Fund was set up in 2005 to provide financial assistance to needy cancer patients and subsidise part of their cancer treatment costs. Based on our 2020 Annual Report, more than $18.72 million was disbursed in cancer treatment subsidies, which assisted 5526 patients.
The SCS Welfare Aid Fund was established in 1964 to provide and aid cancer patients and their families with temporary financial aid during and after treatment. This fund was later extended to include aids such as milk, diapers, medical dressings, stoma bags and other medical equipment. The Welfare Aid Fund seeks to mitigate the great financial strain endured by cancer patients and their families, which may arise from unemployment, loss of income and high treatment costs. Funding may be accessed through medical social workers and healthcare professionals at various hospitals, hospices and voluntary welfare organisations.
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