Through organising Singapore’s first 10-hour fundraising dance marathon, USP alums raised over S$13,000 for various charities and S$23,000 for the USP Student Assistance Fund - USP Residence.
On 17 August 2013, some 700 people from all walks of life in Singapore were at Hong Lim Park as participants and supporters of We Will Dance. It was a sea of red, green and yellow as participants donned the special We Will Dance T-shirt designed by USP students.
Participating teams challenged themselves to dance anything between 1 to 10 hours. Their target was to have fun and to raise funds via a shout-out to their supporters to donate to a charity of their choice. Amongst them were those who danced to raise funds for the USP Student Assistance Fund – USP Residence, to help USP students who may be financially challenged to be able to live in the USP residential college (Cinnamon College).
As the USP alums explained, the “genesis of the event was when a group of us – as USP alums – came together, wanting to give back to USP. We were brainstorming for innovative, exciting and FUN fundraising activities…. Aseem Thakur, a fellow USP alum and co-founder of GIVEAsia.org (We Will Dance’s Official Giving Site), brought up the idea of a fundraising dance marathon, inspired by Penn State University’s dance marathon ‘THON’. And in line with the original motivation of helping USP juniors, any profit from the event – primarily through the participation fees, and direct donations will go towards the USP residence fund.”
In an interview given to I-S Magazine, the alum organisers said: “On the whole, it’s been an amazing experience organising We Will Dance. We have many more reasons to be thankful than frustrated. Our sponsors, partners and the entire USP network have gone out of their way to contribute to an event without asking for anything in return…As USP alums, another objective of this event is to bring together the entire USP community – Students, Faculty, Staff and Alums – for a day of fun in the sun. As a relatively young academic programme, we hope for this to spur greater alum involvement in USP.”
Post event, Lianhe Zaobao Sunday on 18 August 2013 featured the event on its front page. Read it here. Kia Jie Hui (Business + USP, Class of 2011) – chief organiser and USP alum – was also interviewed by MediaCorp Radio Station 938LIVE “They are Making a Difference” programme, which aired on 13 September 2013 over several time segments. Listen to her 5-minute interview here.
Fund-raising effort continued till the end of August 2013.