For many university students from international schools, the 2020 festive period was spent away from close family – either in their university destination, or in quarantine upon return to their home country. But out of these challenges have come new community bonds and spirit. Here's the story of how Roisin and Huw, Tanglin Class of 2020 graduates, used their stretch in quarantine to raise money for The Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), raising $1650 by walking 150 km in a seven-metre-long room:
"The idea first came to mind before we left London, when the realisation of being trapped in a hotel room for 14 days finally hit. We both wanted to be proactive and make a positive contribution during our quarantine. Due to limited options, we decided the best way to make an impact would be to each walk 150 km over 14 days for charity – about 11 km per day. 2020 has been a hard year, and many people have struggled with their mental health, so raising money for a charity like The Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) seemed very appropriate. SOS not only provides Singapore's only 24-hour service line, it also offers emotional support to anyone who needs it.
"Our room was about seven metres long, so to reach our target of 11 km a day we needed to walk roughly 1505 laps of the room. A daunting number at first, but with good music and a good cause it seemed achievable! Although some days were harder and more painful than others, the feeling of accomplishment after each day was incredible, and knowing that the money was going to such a vital cause made it even better. We managed to finish 150 km each in 13 days and walked a combined total of 301.6 km. Our original goal was to raise $800, but with an overwhelming amount of support we achieved more than double that target."
Congratulations to Roisin and Huw for their fantastic achievement and we wish them both well in their higher education journey. At the time of writing, Roisin is continuing her degree in Educational Psychology remotely (University of Sussex) and Huw is applying to study Geography and Economic History at LSE and UCL.
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