In 2009, Zhang Tingjun, Anina Boshoff, Alexandra Toh and Jasmine Wong got involved in Tour de Timor, a five-day, 450-km biking adventure that would take them through the hills and potholes of nine districts in Timor Leste.
The physical challenge turned out to be less daunting than the reality of life in Timor, where over 50 per cent of the children are malnourished.
The four decided to re-define the finish line, returning the following year as The Chain Reaction Project.
They had a clear goal: to marry their love of adventure with their determination to raise awareness and funds for communities in need. Friends and family came along, experienced the thrill of a TCRP adventure and got up close to the people whose lives they hoped to transform.
Today, TCRP seeks to inspire others to take on physical challenges while being catalysts for change in those parts of the world that need it most.
Through our partnership with twelve global charities, over 1,396 change-makers have participated in 30 adventures over the last seven years, impacting 43,786 lives.
“ TCRP is a bridge of solidarity and compassion that connect us as fellow human beings... ”
- Dr Jose Ramos Horta, Noble Peace Prize Laureate & Former President of Timor Leste
Meet The Team
TCRP is not simply about climbing high or doing good. Our founding members
want to spark sustainable change, and to have an impact that keeps going.
Zhang TingjunCo-founder & Director
A former National Netball player for Singapore, Ting’s unique background led her to contemplate the possibility of using sports as a medium to make a greater impact on society through her work with TCRP. After 6 years at the helm of the organisation, Ting recently moved into a new role as the Executive Director of Mercy Relief, Singapore’s only homegrown independent non-governmental humanitarian charity, established to respond to human tragedies in Asia. Currently, a director on the board of TCRP, Ting also serves as a a Council Member at Singapore’s oldest think-tank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). Trained as a broadcast journalist and news producer with Channel NewsAsia, Ting holds a B.A. degree in Psychology.
Alexandra TohCo-founder & Director
Alex is a popular spinning instructor and has been an inspiration of fitness to many. Taiwanese by birth, Singaporean by nationality and Filipino at heart, Alex has a passion for cycling and photography. Alex sees The Chain Reaction Project as a ‘pay it forward’ movement, to help people in small but significant ways, causing a butterfly effect or chain reaction through her generation. Alex who holds a B.A. in International Business, aims to reach this new audience for charity through harnessing the power of the media and social networking.
Zhang YanjunExecutive Director
Yanjun spent the last 5 years with branding consultancy firm, The Brand Union. As a Senior Client and Marketing Manager, she was responsible for leading local as well as MNC accounts ranging from FMCG to Financial Services, helping to create strategic and design solutions for her clients. With this experience and having been involved since the inception of TCRP as a past Catalyst and friend to Team TCRP, she is keen to bring her skills and enthusiasm to the non-profit sector and help support TCRP in its efforts to inspire catalysts for change.
Partners & Advisors
Our partners and advisors play an important role in making
our adventures happen. They help us do good better.
Executive Director of The Hour Glass Limited, Michael Tay is also an avid cyclist and strategic advisor to The Chain Reaction Project. Mike currently serves on the board of the Singapore Tyler Print Institute and Mercy Relief, an international humanitarian development and relief organization located in Singapore. Mike graduated from Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom with a First Class (Honours) in Business and International Management.
A lawyer by profession, Anina spent a significant portion of her life living in Singapore, before moving back to her homecountry of South Africa in 2009. She has long had a love for the outdoors and a heart for the challenges faced by rural women and girls, particularly in developing countries. She considers TCRP a powerful platform to convince more people, regardless of their level of fitness, to take up physically and mentally challenging initiatives to improve the lives of the less fortunate. Anina currently serves as Director of Banking and Finance at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc. in South Africa.
Jasmine Wong is a sports physiotherapist who in her latest incarnation is gaining new experience as a public servant in the Singapore Government. An avid ultra-marathoner, Jasmine has completed races all over the world, including running across Chile’s Atacama Desert, the Mongolian steppes and the mountains of South Korea and Australia. She has used some of these races to raise funds for several charities. Beyond ultra-marathons, she has also participated in several community development and crisis response projects in Tibet, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. These cross-cultural encounters and journeys of self-discovery have deeply enriched her life.
Lynn is a practicing Certified Public Accountant and an Accredited Tax Advisor (Income Tax). She co-founded Ardent, a CPA and business advisory firm. Inspired by the initiatives of The Chain Reaction Project and the passion of its founders, Lynn took up the role of TCRP’s Company Secretary to assist the Non-Profit Organization in its corporate compliance. Lynn believes that the founders of TCRP are an inspiration to others and that TCRP can be used as a platform by people who want to make a difference.
Tim discovered adventure travel quite by accident and went on to found Eco Adventures in 1997. Tim sees travel as a way of heightening awareness and understanding of cultural and natural environments, and humanitarian conditions in the places we visit. His favourite mode of travel is thus by bicycle having cycled the Alaska and Karakoram highways and numerous other destinations in Southeast Asia.
Winston is founder and director of Flint & Battery LLC, a boutique Singapore law firm specialising in commercial transactions and disputes. Winston has a special interest in sports and had served on the executive committee and chairman of the audit committee of Netball Singapore and was ranked 1 in Singapore in 110m Hurdles in the 90s. Winstonbelieves in the potential of sport as a partner of social responsibility and that TCRP will be a forerunner and lead the way in creating progress and advancement.
Bravo Company is a creatively led, independent design studio based in Singapore. We work with a variety of individuals and organisations to deliver considered and engaging design. We specialise in identity & brand development, printed and web communications & art direction. Since our inception in 2010, Bravo Company has created numerous memorable branding projects which has been loved and featured in many international design books and websites.
“ TCRP offers a unique approach to raise awareness and support towards social issues around the region. And we are happy that TCRP’s call to action has inspired others to play a part in giving back to society - by being a catalyst for TCRP or by pledging their continuous support for UNIFEM. ”
- Pia Bruce, Executive Director, UNIFEM Singapore
Our Catalysts redefine limits – their own, and those of their causes.
They expect the unexpected, overcome challenges, and have fun.
Rachel LimTCRP Catalyst
"I have never been the bravest person or the most adventurous. TCRP has given me the opportunity to get involved in a much more hands on way,
to challenge myself a little and to have a
lot of fun in the process.
John GordonTCRP Catalyst
"The power of one and the affect an individual
can have while participating in an activity
resulting in a chain reaction to impact
hundreds of lives drew me to TCRP."
Yap YienliTCRP Catalyst
"I initially just wanted to do some good while having fun, and the fact that it was a bunch of women who started TCRP made it a lot more approachable. TCRP adventures are special because
there is so much heart in them."
Robert LauTCRP Catalyst
"TCRP trips are simple, no frills and fun. On these adventures, you meet like-minded people to share these experiences with, and have the opportunity to challenge yourself while contributing to the
lives of these communities TCRP supports."
Awards & Accolades
2015SCWO Outstanding Women EntrepreneursASEAN Women Entrepreneurs ForumDetails
2014The Good Story CompetitionOur Better World Powered by Singapore International FoundationDetails
2013President’s Challenge Social Enterprise AwardPresident's ChallengeDetails