Held for the second year in Singapore, Skechers Friendship Walk 2019 came with an array of events that fostered family bonding and team spirit whilst serving as an annual fundraiser to help the less privileged.
This year’s Friendship Walk, which took place on 31 August 2019 around Marina Bay area, is a ground up initiative by global shoe brand, SKECHERS, in collaboration with the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), a social service organisation providing special education for persons with mild intellectual disability.
SKECHERS Friendship Walk was first held in 2009 by SKECHERS USA at Manhattan Beach, California, which brought together people from all walks of life for one common purpose – to support the special needs and underprivileged children.
Hence, SKECHERS noted that for every online registration made by the participants, $1 will be donated to the APSN. The funds will be used to purchase SKECHERS shoes for the APSN alumni who are in need.
This year’s Friendship Walk ushered participants on a scenic route, passing by iconic landmarks and the city skyline, such as the Merlion, Marina Bay Sands, Esplanade Theatres, and ArtScience Museum. Along the way, there were several obstacle challenges which tested the camaraderie of the participants, putting their teamwork and cooperation to the test.
Additionally, back at the race village, which was transformed into a “Kampung”, participants were brought down memory lane with popular old-school games, activities, and food of yesteryear. The young children were also introduced to traditional Singaporean titbits.
“The SKECHERS Friendship Walk has always been about friendship, support for the community and an inclusive spirit, and we are continuing this tradition with this year’s Walk. SKECHERS is pleased to be able to partner APSN to give back to the community, and we hope we created wonderful memories for the beneficiaries and volunteers with this event,” said Mr Vincent Leung, President of SKECHERS Southeast Asia.
“It is always heartening to see corporates share with those who are less fortunate and include them at their events. With endeavours such as the SKECHERS’ Friendship Walk, we are taking steps towards greater inclusivity in Singapore,” added Dr Christopher Tay, Chief Executive Officer of APSN.