Otterman speaks... (2003-2007)
Weblog about cycling, macintosh, natural history and life in Singapore.
Otterman - Blog Home

Archives - Blog's RSS - Comments RSS - LJ - Email me - All my blogs - About me: 2004 - 2002

Make a permalink or URL tiny:
Blog email subscription

Enter your email address to receive the previous day's posts:


Mac and the Internet - NUS
Cycling - Life in Singapore - Meow
Singapore Naturalist - Mangroves
Science - World - Museum
Movies - Literature - Travel

Biology module blogs:
Biodiversity (Year 1)
Ecology (Year 3)
Structure & Function (Year 3)
Marine Biology (Year 4)
Natural History Blogs:
The Biology Refugia
Raffles Museum Toddycats
Intl Coastal Cleanup Singapore
Labrador Park
Pulau Ubin Stories
Pulau Hantu
Cycling in Singapore
Mac Meetup Singapore
Aboard the Götheborg
Otterman Projects
Zendogs/Wheels are Turning
Hopea sangal

Raffles Museum Toddycats!

Pedal Ubin!
Pasir Panjang Heritage
Raffles Museum Internship
MR-BT Briskwalkers

Mac Meetups

Some of my kakis

Kakis at home
Ad & Jen
Inertia is a Sin
Halfway between the gutter and the stars
Lost in the Jungle
Dawn, Cat Welfare
Compulsive Maniac
Deadpoet's Cave
Rambling Librarian
Cooler Insights
Pencil Shavings
Ling the Merciless
Philosophize Me Jelly
Dewi A

Kakis overseas
Alvin - Beijing, China:
* Alvin's spiel
Kevin - Buffalo, NY:
Theory is the Reason
Bonny - HCMC, Vietnam:
Jac - London, UK:
Dogged Wanderings
Jasmin - NY, NY:
The Worsted Witch
Marcus - Shanghai, China:
You only live once
Tse-Lynn - Wilmington, NC:
Musings of a barefoot traveller
Jani - Newcastle, UK:
Salted & Fried

Seow Hwa's
The Ice Cream Gallery

Local reads
Commentary Singapore
Singapore Surf

Museum Roundtable
Science Daily
Environmental News Network
National Geographic News
New Scientist news
Nature News
Google News
Resource Shelf
The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Boing Boing
The Daily Show
This is a Flickr badge showing photos in a set called My Handphone Photos. Make your own badge here.

Made on a Mac with
Claris Home Page 3.0.
Blog engine: Samizdat,
based on PHPosxom,
based on Blosxom.
Updated with TextWrangler.

Creative Commons License
© N. Sivasothi, 2003
This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons License.

Subscribe with Bloglines

Otterman speaks...

Cycling, macintosh, natural history and life in Singapore - Archives

List of Categories : travel * museum * cycling * Singapore Naturalist * science * kakis * mangroves * movies * mac and the internet * meow * NUS * life in Singapore * lit * world *

Sat 25 Jun 2005

William Tan auctions marathon medals for elderly patients

Category : cycling

"Marathon man to auction off medals." By Chai Hung Yin. Th Straits Times, 25 June 2005.

Dr William Tan, the first wheelchair-bound individual in the world to complete 10 marathons in seven continents in 70 days, will auction off the 10 medals he won.

He hopes to raise at least $188,888, which will be donated to two charities in Geylang and Toa Payoh offering medical and mental care for poor elderly patients, and which are facing financial difficulties.

'When the idea flashed through my mind, I was reluctant to part with my medals because taking part in the races was dangerous,' he said.

'I had my racing wheelchair sink two feet into the mud, and my right hand almost crushed.'

The medals also represent four hours of training - two in the gym, two on the road - he put in every day for weeks on end, and the months of unpaid leave the neuroscientist took.

As part of his preparations, he trained in mountains in Australia to get acclimatised to a minus 4 deg C environment for the marathon in Antarctica and to increase his body's capacity to store oxygen.

On top of that and other sacrifices, said the 48-year-old, the feat burnt an $83,000 hole in his pocket.

'I wrote to 26 organisations for funds, but all turned me down. Fortunately, four organisations - the Singapore Sports Council, National University of Singapore, DBS and Singapore Pools - came forward with a grant to cover some of my expenses.

'Still, most of it came from my own pocket,' he said, declining to reveal the amount of the grant.

His medal donation is a tribute to senior citizens and to his father, who died of lung cancer in 2000.

'His condition helped me to focus on the needy elderly and widened my horizon to contribute,' said Dr Tan, who has raised more than $14 million in the past 18 years for other charities.

He is constantly reminded of the needs of the elderly by his frail 79-year-old mother, added Dr Tan, who was stricken with polio when he was two and cannot run or walk.

Anyone who wants to make a bid for Dr Tan's framed medal collection should call Dr Stephanie Chee on 9746-4890 or Miss Lim Sheh Lin on 9663-8627, or e-mail, before July 26.

Offers should start at $83,000.

The successful bidder will also receive Dr Tan's autograph and photographs of his efforts in the marathons. Twice the amount of the successful bid, as well as donations made by others, will be tax-exempt.

The collection will be presented in a special ceremony at the end of next month.

Copyright 2005 Singapore Press Holdings. All rights reserved.

Posted at 3:27PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | , .