SGF300: 300km walk over 7 days
August 23rd, 2015
After a seven-day walk from Malacca, a team from Boys’ Town arrived back in Singapore on 6 August. They made their way to Montfort Secondary School and were joined by over 50 participants from six schools set-up by the Brothers of St. Gabriel to complete the Singapore leg of this journey.
The 300km walk commenced at Montfort Youth Centre in Malacca and marks the 300th anniversary of the Brothers of St. Gabriel, which set up six schools and Boys’ Town in Singapore. The group hopes to raise $150,000 for St. Gabriel’s Foundation, which was started in 2001 to take over the running of the institutions here.
For each day, the team would set off at 6am and walk about 35km before reaching their destination by 4pm. They clocked an average of 10 hours daily, passing through towns such as Muar, Batu Pahat, Pontian and Johor Bahru. In Singapore, they will walk 50km to all seven institutions set up by the brothers, ending at Boys’ Town.
Assumption Pathway School Secondary 4 student Jackies Low said: “I am happy and proud to finish this walk. There are a lot of new memories made. We sang songs and told each other jokes so we could forget about the tiredness. I took part in this because Boys’ Town has helped me a lot. I used to skip school but now I’ve learnt to have self-discipline and work hard.”
Boys’ Town Alternative Schooling Programme Secondary 3 student Reese Teo* said: “Some of my friends had many blisters and were bleeding at their toes. It was hard for me to see them in pain. This trip brought us closer and taught me to look out for my friends. When it was difficult, we did not give up and continued to walk together. This is our tribute to the brothers.”
To view the team’s journey, please visit their Instagram @sgf300 or call Boys’ Town at 66905420.
*Student’s name has been changed to protect his privacy.