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9,000 participants at Yellow Ribbon Prison Run demonstrate what it’s like to be crime-free, not imprisoned

Posted on 17 September 2014

A timely reminder that crime doesn’t pay.


Some 9,000 participants took part in the 6th Yellow Ribbon Prison Run on Sept. 14, 2014, to raise some $130,000 for ex-offenders.

However, many of the participants who went to run at the charity event said the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run felt more like a good time to publicise the anti-crime message, as it showed non-criminals being able to roam about freely without shackles on as they never encountered the wrong side of the law.

With the 6km race route ending at the Changi Prison Complex, Qu Zhuo Lao, a Singaporean, said: “Look at all these 9,000 Yellow Ribbon Run participants running around freely without any handcuffs and uniform on outside of the prison compound.”

“This is the price you pay for not committing any crimes: Freedom of movement.”

Other runners said they felt their ability to dress up in their unique individual styles for the run added to the significance of their participation.

Fan Fa, a Singaporean, said: “In prison, it is true that everyone incarcerated must wear uniforms and have a standardised look to take away any sense of individuality.”

“Being able to dress up and be myself while showcasing my athleticism has allowed me to savour what it is like to be a law-abiding citizen.”


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More people in S’pore take part in viral Pang Sai Challenge

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