Dec 28, 2012

    Running the extra mile to wake the Bull

    THIRTY-THREE runners extended their festive goodwill to raise funds for stricken boxer Shahril "The Bull" Salim, by taking part in the Wake The Bull Run last Saturday.

    The event was organised by the Wake The Bull Project committee, consisting of Shahril's family and friends, and supported by the Positive Psychology Centre.

    The participants - aged between 18 and 60 - covered 50km in about 12 hours.

    Starting from the Singapore General Hospital's clock tower, they made their way towards the ITE East campus in Simei, before turning back and finishing in Boat Quay.

    Among the runners was Singapore's own Blade Runner, Mr Shariff Abdullah, 44, who ran with a prosthetic left leg.

    He told My Paper that the run was a fun experience, but added: "The run was not an easy one, as it started raining along the way and we had to stop at traffic lights and keep pace with the slower runners."

    Donations raised from the sale of Wake The Bull Project T-shirts, priced at $40 each, as well as from the run, amounted to $3,900.

    According to Shahril's brother, Mr Jufri Salim, 29, the 22-year-old boxer is expected to chalk up hospital bills estimated to be in the range of $60,000 to $70,000, excluding rehabilitation costs.

    Shahril was to make his professional debut at a Marina Bay Sands boxing event organised by Dragon Fire Boxing on Nov 9.

    However, he collapsed after a group-sparring session at the Juggernaut Fight Club in Boat Quay on Oct 28 and remains in a coma.

    Members of the public who would like to help Shahril and his family can visit wakethebullproject.

    They can also contact Mr Jufri on 9122-5740 to pledge donations.