Run For A Reason
86 year-old Mr Kor Hong Fatt has become an inspiration to many, both young and old. After suffering from a heart attack at the age of 70, Mr Kor resolved to be a serious runner. It was for the sake of his own health, as well as to be able to care for his wheelchair-bound wife that Mr Koh trained tirelessly. Since then, he has completed an outstanding number of 22 marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2011, winning himself the title of the oldest finisher from Singapore. He also triumphed as a two-time gold medallist in the 10,000m race at the Asia Masters Athletics Championship in both Taipei and China. And he is not done yet! Mr Kor’s next finish line is the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon at the end of 2018.
Needless to say, Mr Kor has truly inspired many. Aside from inspiring his own family (who are now joining him in training and marathons), Mr Kor’s story has also heartened those outside of his circle, including young Javier Lim. “Mr Kor remained a tenacious spirit in times of adversity,” said Javier who ran in the Standard Chartered Marathon last year (seated at the far right in the top picture).
Javier: “What you want to achieve and what you want to do depends on your will to do it”. Relating this important lesson to his upcoming ‘O’ Level examination, Javier is emboldened to put in his very best into his studies as only his will is in the way of reaching his finish line.
And reaching the finish line at the upcoming Standard Chartered Marathon will be Morning Star’s staff and volunteers who will run to raise funds for the kids at NOVA. An annual fundraising event, they hope to inspire many who will come forward to donate to a good cause.
Article contributed by Agnes (Finance Manager, Morning Star Community Services Ltd)