For patients who need a marrow transplant, every day is a hopeful battle to find a match for a second chance in life. This was the message that we wanted to put forth to the public through our very first flagship event – Match for Life: A Donor for Every Patient.
As part of efforts to heighten awareness on blood diseases and the importance of signing up as a marrow donor, we co-organised a full-day football tournament with Home United Football Club at Our Tampines Hub on 12th October 2019!
35 teams across 4 categories took part in the football tournament, with one of the teams signing up to support a colleague who is in recovery after receiving a marrow transplant from a donor through us. It was really heartening to see how people from all walks of life coming together for a cause greater than themselves.
Members of the public were seen bustling around in excitement on the side-line where our roadshow was set up, along with game booths organised by a team of Singapore Polytechnic students from the Integrated Events and Project Management course. Over 100 marrow donor sign-ups were received, with more than 1,000 carnival-goers taking part in the informative games.
Gracing the event was Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development, Ms Sun Xue Ling, who witnessed us setting a mark in the Singapore Book of Records for the “Most Number of People Tossing Soccer Balls Together” by 200 record-breakers. This action represents how a donor passes on hope to a patient by being a match for a transplant.
Putting together an event that attracted more than 5,000 participants was no mean feat, but thanks to all our volunteers, sponsors and partners, we did it!
Event Partners and Sponsors
Bone Marrow Donor Programme
Home United Football Club
Football Association Singapore
Our Tampines Hub
Target Media Culcreative Pte Ltd
VIP Reception Sponsor
Ontime Onboard Courier GmbH
Nestle Singapore (Pte) Ltd
Field Catering & Supplies Pte Ltd
Corporate Team Sponsors
Bell Auto Pte Ltd
Certis CISCO Security Pte Ltd
Credit Suisse AG
Eversheds Harry Elias LLP
Ernst & Young Solutions LLP
RSM Chio Lim LLP
Singapore Pools (Private) Limited
An Nam Media
Escape Hunt Singapore
Masters Football Asia Pte Ltd
Royal T Group Pte Ltd
Shotech Press Pte Ltd
The Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford
VIVA Foundation for Children with Cancer