Singapore Prison Yellow Ribbon Project
Sunrays weren’t the things that filled Changi Village with golden yellow on 15 September. Almost 10, 000 runners clad in the familiar yellow singlet tops crowded around the start point at Changi Village, ready to make a difference. Welcome to the 5th Edition of the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run! YRPR’13 also marks the 10th Anniversary of the Yellow Ribbon Project in Singapore. It is definitely heartening to see our community step forward to support this meaningful cause of helping ex-offenders unlock their second prison.
Runners were charmed by the robust logistical support, as well as meticulous arrangements made by the organisers. The operations were nothing short of efficacious. The organisers definitely understood what it means to build a wonderful administrative base, so that runners can have a smooth and enjoyable race. The baggage deposit was well-orchestrated and the shuttle services provided were abundant. And I mean, really abundant. The shuttle buses just kept people moving! Medical aid and hydration were more than ample. If we had a national award for best race organization, this race would prove to be a really fierce contestant!
But the success of races is not always marked by organization alone. The cause was deepened by many well-meaning volunteers who came forward to make the race experience a pleasant experience. I think everyone felt sincerity in the air that morning. We were not just there to witness another successful event. There was almost this shout out of “Hey, I am here for you.” And I think that is what the Yellow Ribbon Race is all about.
The challenging route with numerous up-hills was made smooth and safe by the Prisons Cycling Team. And when the going got tough and you felt like stopping to walk, the energetic and vibrant student cheerleaders from various schools encouraged you to push on and to finish strong. And to be frank, I really appreciated the unrelenting cheering efforts of the young ones. When the going gets tough, everyone will welcome a boost signal of courage.
After running past an array of historical and prison sites like Changi Women’s Prison and the Johore Battery, I reached the End Point in the Changi Prison Complex and was greeted by the Carnival’s bustling atmosphere.
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