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The New Paper BIG WALK 2006 Last walk at National Stadium drew close to 55,000 participants

Singapore, 21 May 2006 – Participants of The New Paper Big Walk 2006 gathered at the National Stadium - the characteristic start point of the walking event - on 21 May for a final walk at the landmark venue. The structure is slated to be torn down in 2007 to make way for a brand, new complex. Guest-of-honour Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, flagged off the 10-km walk at 7.30am at the sports complex.

Jointly organised by The New Paper, Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) to promote healthy living as a way of life, The New Paper Big Walk is now in its 16th year. Over the years, participants have come to associate the familiar National Stadium with The New Paper Big Walk and many returned for one final, nostalgic walk at this memorable building.

A key activity in Singapore´s sports and recreational landscape, The New Paper Big Walk is an annual, mass participation event that sees thousands of students, families, athletes and corporations gather for a healthy, fun-filled workout. This year is no exception with approximately 55,000 participants taking to the streets in the name of The New Paper Big Walk. Besides attracting individual casual and competitive walkers, the event is synonymous with community bonding with group participation from corporations and schools. This year, 100 companies and 33 schools participated.

Says Ivan Fernandez, Editor of The New Paper & The New Paper on Sunday, “Many throbbing cities around the world organise runs or walks to bring people together, in the spirit of healthy living and community zest. Singapore ranks high among them, having entered the Guinness Book of Records, thanks to The New Paper Big Walk and to the many enthusiastic walkers out there. This is a mass participation event for walkers of all abilities – a great walk through an iconic part of the city. It’s challenging but do-able and it’s always good fun."

Besides having an opportunity to work out in a fun and easy manner, participants stood a chance to win the grand prize of a Nissan Sylphy 2.0. Other prizes up for grabs included: Motorola mobile phones, AIBI fitness equipment, Nikon digital cameras, Timex watches and Reebok sports goods.

Motorola returned for the third year running as the Presenter of The New Paper Big Walk 2006. Other sponsors who helped to make this massive, nation-wide event possible included: Nikon, Tan Chong Motors, Crystal Time, Royal Sporting House, Field Catering and Supplies, Super Coffee Mix, Danone, Sime Darby, Novena Square, Aibi, Silkpro, Diethlem, Wyeth, SBS Transit, McDonald´s and Fonterra Brands.

The New Paper Big Walk, the biggest walking event in Singapore, started in 1991 with 7,000 participants and grew to be recognised as the World´s Largest Walk in the Guinness World Record in year 2000 with 77,5000 walkers.

Programme:

7.15am to 7.25am - Crestar School Of Dance performs
7.30am - Flag off by GOH, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
09.00am to 10.00am - Ronin entertains
10.00am to 10.05am -

 

MC Jansen Ho (WKRZ 91.3FM) welcome / The Big Walk Dance

10.05am to 10.20am -

 

Token of appreciation to sponsors

10.20am to 10.25am -

 

Token of appreciation to joint organisers and medical partners

10.25am to 10.35am -

 

Beatbox – Groove to the sounds of Dharni

10.35am to 10.45am - Prize presentation to individual champions by GOH
10.45am to 11.15am - Lucky draw, 2nd to 5th prizes
11.15am to 11.30am - Prize presentation to team champions
11.30am - Grand lucky draw, top prize



Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Co. Regn. No.: 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Willy Tan
The New Paper Big Walk 2006
Publicity Committee
DID : 6319 8861
willytan@sph.com.sg

The results of the Competitive Categories and Lucky Draw will be available after 3pm, 21 May 2006. Please contact Willy Tan prior to the event, so that arrangements can be made to send the results to the relevant persons.

About Singapore Press Holdings
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading media company in Singapore, in the print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. It publishes 13 newspapers in the four official languages and more than 80 magazine titles. Everyday, 2.8 million individuals, or 88 per cent of the people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions of SPH’s major newspapers, which enjoy over 100 million pageviews from 6 million unique visitors every month.

SPH also owns a 20% stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40% stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes free sheet Today. SPH has a 70% stake in UnionWorks, which operates two entertainment radio channels, UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English. In addition, SPH holds an 80% stake in SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest LED network media company, and a 35% stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.