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YMCA Inclusive Climb 2020

Making The Impossible, Possible

Donation Received (Goal: $200,000)
$74,095.85

Our Special Needs Participants

Oh Siew May
"Our life is like a mountain. Some days can be tougher, some days can be easier. All we need to do is keep moving no matter what happens."

Oh Siew May was born with cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects muscular control and body movements. Growing up, she overcame many challenges, from family issues to social prejudice. One of her greatest achievements is conquering Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. She now hopes to conquer Japan’s iconic peak, Mount Fuji.

James Wong
"It has always been a dream of mine to climb a mountain. I hope that this climb will show people that people with special needs can achieve, too, so the public and decision-makers will champion a more inclusive society."

James Wong was diagnosed with stage 2 osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, at the age of 21. Despite it having weakened his knee, he persists with an active lifestyle as he enjoys basking in nature. The support of family and friends encouraged him, empowering him to face life’s challenges with determination. He strives to be a similar pillar of support for others in need through leading YMCA’s community service programmes. He champions special needs and wishes to raise awareness and reduce discrimination against people with disabilities. He hopes to conquer Mount Fuji and exhibit what people with special needs can accomplish through their abilities and willpower.

Harun Rahamad
"The focus is all about crossing the finish line and finishing well. I hope to inspire others to go out of their comfort zone and start achieving their dreams and goals."

29-year old Harun Rahamad, is a strong advocate for others like him in going beyond their limitations and overcoming obstacles. Born with cerebral palsy, he has lived out his advocacy through actively participating in sports and has completed 6 Spartan Races, an obstacle course that is recognised to be one of the toughest.

Phang Jia Xiang & Phang Jia Wei
“They surprised me with how readily they said ‘yes’! Achieving through outdoor activities can build their confidence and develop them into more independent individuals.”
– Mr Phang, father of Jia Xiang and Jia Wei.

The youngest participants in this year’s climb are 18-year-old Jia Xiang and Jia Wei, twin brothers with autism. A trip to Pulau Ubin with Mr Phang showed him how they could rise to the challenges of outdoor and adventurous activities such as canoeing and adapting to new environments. The energetic brothers seem to have a natural affinity for sports and are willing to take on new endeavours. Mr Phang hopes to push their boundaries through the YMCA Inclusive Climb 2019, seeing it as an opportunity for them to meet more people, have meaningful interactions and strengthen their confidence and independence.
Jessen Ng & Emily Lee
“People with disabilities may have limitations, but they can be overcome through adaptation and more equal opportunities. People must believe that we can do it and have confidence in us.”

After meeting at an activity organised by the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, Jessen and Emily got married in 1992. The couple enjoys activities such as soundball, leisure cycling and nature walks, completing a hike at Gunung Datuk that required them to go on all fours and endure prickling thorns. They look forward to new challenges at the YMCA Inclusive Climb 2019, with Emily hoping to gain more confidence in her walking while Jessen hopes to overcome his fear of heights.
Vince Tan
Currently working as a part-time hospitality staff, 19-year old Vince Tan was an award-winning athlete in the sports scene. In 2017, he joined the Special Olympics team and participated in the Winter World games, winning a silver medal for speed skating. Through the Mt Fuji expedition, he hopes to explore different activities and gain new experiences.
Chris Tan
46-year old Chris Tan has tunnel vision but that does not stop her from living life to the fullest through sports. She is active in running, trekking, playing blind tennis and has taken part in many races, such as full marathons, triathlons and long-distance cycling. Her previous mountain climb achievements comprised of mountains such as Gunang Datuk and Gunung Lambak, and she hopes to take on Mt Fuji as her next conquest.
Marc Chiang
Through regular runs, swims and treks, 39-year old Marc Chiang keeps himself active and fit. With poor night and blur vision, it is a challenge for him to see in low-light conditions, but he has overcome these obstacles to lead a healthy lifestyle. Previously he served in the combat unit during his NS days and he has conquered challenging mountains such as Mt Ophir.

About YMCA Inclusive Climb 2020

Our life is like a mountain. Some days can be tougher, some days can be easier. All we need to do is keep moving no matter what happens.

Oh Siew May, Special needs participant in the upcoming expedition

As part of our mission to overcome limitations and change perceptions, YMCA is sending a team of special needs individuals to conquer Mount Fuji for the first time. We will challenge them to make the impossible, possible as they prepare for the journey up Mount Fuji.

This expedition to Mount Fuji is part of our Y Camp Challenge initiative – an outdoor adventure programme – that empowers our special needs clients through outdoor activities.

Programme Details

Mount Fuji Expedition

Training Sessions*

Macritchie to Bukit Timah with 8kg Load

Stairs Climbing

Stairs Climbing with 8kg Load

*Trainings are open to public on a first come first served basis. For more information, please email YMCAFuji@ymca.org.sg.

Our Long Term Strategy to Empower the Special Needs Community

Since 1900s, YMCA has been strengthening the community by organising events for Persons with Special Needs.

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Camp for the handicapped (1990)

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Y Camp Challenge (2018)

Research conducted by National Council of Social Service (NCSS) found that 6 in 10 persons with disabilities feel socially excluded, rejected and are not given equal opportunities to contribute to society.

To break down their mental barriers, the Y Camp Challenge programme was launched to inspire confidence and self-esteem in those with special needs – that they may live out their fullest potential.

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3D2N Outdoor Adventure Camp

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YMCA-Spartan Race

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Y Day Camp

Help them conquer Mount Fuji

About YMCA Strong

The YMCA Inclusive Climb 2020 is part of the YMCA Strong campaign to strengthen our clients holistically – body, mind and spirit.

We currently focus our strengthening efforts on the following external & internal clients.

Our local impact in 2018

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Structured Programmes
  • Internal Clients
  • Volunteers
  • Staff
  • YMCA Members
  • External Clients
  • Children
  • Persons with Special Needs
  • Youth-at-Risk
  • The Elderly
  • Low-Income Families
  • Overseas Communities in Need

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  1. Key in YMCA UEN S61SS0045E and your NRIC Number (for tax deduction if applicable) via your online banking app.


    Participating banks include DBS/POSB, Citibank, HSBC, Maybank, OCBC, Standard Chartered and UOB.

*All donations received will be channelled to our fundraising project “YMCA Inclusive Climb 2019”

*Please email donate@ymca.org.sg if you wish to receive a tax deduction receipt.