SingHealth raised a total of $615,000 for President's Challenge, the highest amount in 14 years, since the organisation first started its annual fundraising efforts for the beneficiaries of President's Challenge.

This year also marks the first time Duke-NUS Medical School participating as part of the SingHealth family.   With the coming reorganisation of the public healthcare sector, Changi General Hospital had also come on board to contribute to this year's fundraising efforts, which was led by the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI).

Speaking at the finale event on 28 October at Academia, SGH Campus, Dr David Low, Chairman of the SingHealth President's Challenge 2017 Organising Committee, and Consultant at NNI said, "It is heartening to see all SingHealth staff coming together to contribute to a better life for our beneficiaries.   Regardless of our roles, we are all able to use our skills and creativity to lend a helping hand. The campaign also helped us foster closer ties, greater understanding and stronger friendships across institutions."

The $615,000 was raised during a four-month campaign, where more than 28,000 healthcare professionals took part in a series of fundraising activities, from a pledge card donation drive, to charity bazaars, to an "Urban Race" around Singapore using only public transport.

SingHealth also conducted outreach activities with beneficiaries from five organisations: the Alzheimer Disease Association, KKH Health Fund, Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, Singapore National Paralympic Council and St. Andrew's Mission Hospital.

The theme for this year's SingHealth President's Challlenge campaign was Healing Hands. Compassionate Hearts. Said Dr Low, "The campaign seeks to bring out the compassionate side of our staff and rekindle the fire thy had when they first chose to serve in healthcare – to place patients at the heart of all we do.