YMCA Inclusive Climb 2019

Making The Impossible, Possible

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.

About YMCA Inclusive Climb 2019

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. Over the next 3 months, we will challenge them to make the impossible, possible as they prepare for the journey up Mount Fuji.

This inaugural 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

28-31 August 2019

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

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.


Camp for the handicapped (1990)


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.


3D2N Outdoor Adventure Camp


YMCA-Spartan Race


Y Day Camp

Help them conquer Mount Fuji

About YMCA Strong

The YMCA Inclusive Climb 2019 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

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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