Ground Zero – Run For Humanity

August 2016

Along with a group of 15 Catalysts strong, The Chain Reaction Project took part in Mercy Relief's Ground Zero - Run for Humanity 2016!

Field Notes

Along with a group of 15 Catalysts strong, The Chain Reaction Project took part in Mercy Relief's Ground Zero - Run for Humanity 2016! Catalysts took part in the 10KM race against time and the 5KM relief aid challenge. This year, it was bigger and better as no one got left behind in their all new category for the little ones - the 500m Dash for Humanity.

During the acute relief phase of a disaster relief operation, Mercy Relief provides survivors with emergency supplies weighing between 5kg to 10kg. To get these relief packs, survivors living in remote areas may have to walk several hours to and from the relief distribution point. Similarly, participants in the second category will carry a relief pack of equal weight for 5km. These relief packs will then be distributed to low income families in Singapore to mark Mercy Relief’s observance of World Humanitarian Day. Mercy Relief’s ‘Ground Zero – Run for Humanity’ aims to celebrate this indomitable human spirit as we stand in solidarity with the survivors who have inspired humanitarian work around the world.

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Headquartered in Singapore, Mercy Relief was established in 2003 to respond to human tragedies and disasters in Asia Pacific.

Today, Mercy Relief is Singapore’s leading independent disaster relief agency with dedicated leadership, capacity building expertise and an affiliate network operating across the entire disaster management cycle.

Mercy Relief provides emergency aid within 72 hours of an appeal in the aftermath of a disaster. Their longer-term sustainable development projects aim to uplift and empower communities in five key areas: water and sanitation, shelter, sustainable livelihoods, healthcare and education.


Angel Chan
Gabriel Perera
Jasmine Munas
Neil Munas
Melanie Oliveiro
Amanda Liok
Geraldine Ding
Hui-E Seeto
Moh Chean Sim
Kwan Yong Quek
Amy Tan
Chew Chin Boon
Josie Kay
Kenneth Koh


Alexandra Toh

Yanjun Zhang

“Mercy Relief created this event with the aim of celebrating and supporting the human spirit of the survivors we work alongside on the ground. Our organisational mission is not only to provide aid when disaster strikes, but also to empower communities in Asia and we hope that the runners come away from this experience with a deeper appreciation of the role that they can play to foster a resilient society not just overseas but also in Singapore.”

Zhang Tingjun, Executive Director, Mercy Relief

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