Three of our old boys Navkaran Singh, Keith Ching Wei Jie and Ho Jun Kiat will be embarking on a run along the 200km long Kathmandu Rim, which surrounds Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital, in support of the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH).
The Mental Muscle team hopes to foster greater understanding of mental illnesses as well as dispel misconceptions. This includes notions that the mentally ill “could get better if they wanted to”, and that mental illnesses are “a sign of personal weakness”. Through the run the team hopes to raise $25,000 for the Youth Reach Wing of SAMH, which is a non-profit voluntary welfare organisation seeking to promote mental health in the community and improve the rehabilitation and reintegration of the mentally ill in Singapore.
The 200km long Kathmandu Rim surrounds the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu. Its total ascent and descent is 15,000m and includes peaks that reach as high as 2,750m. The average elevation is 1,300m. This route has previously been covered by athletes such as Lizzy Hawker, world record holder for 24-hour road running and former world champion at 100km ultra marathon races.
Within the team, Jun Kiat coordinates sponsorships with sports companies and ensures that the team is logistically prepared for the run. Navkaran’s responsibilities include fundraising while Keith looks after the proper training and physical preparation of the team. All three are 4th year undergraduate medical students in the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
On behalf of the school, we would like to wish Jun Kiat, Navkaran and Keith a safe, successful and meaningful run as they strive for change in the community!
Do visit mentalmuscle.org for more information about their project!