Determined contestants brave the intense heat for the grand prize
3 November 2019, Singapore – A total of 111 local and 37 regional contestants are still in the running for the grand prize of a brand-new Subaru, as the Last Palm Standing – Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge hits the 24-hour mark at 1pm, Sunday. The best team from the region at this point is from the Philippines with all 10 contestants still remaining in the competition.
Past winner Chong Kiat Chi from Singapore returned this year to help garner donations for the President’s Star Charity. Kiat Chi won the challenge in 2011, clocking 75 hours and 36 minutes, he said: “The challenge is tough and rigorous, so it is important that contestants cheer one another on.”
Supporters play a crucial role which may make or break the contestants. They can show their support by participating in the Reward Rounds at http://lastpalmstanding.com and assign their rewards to a contestant of their choice, who will be given an extra five-minute break.
Last Palm Standing, which returns for its 18th year, brings together a total of 320 contestants from Singapore and 80 regional contestants from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The contenders are battling fatigue, sleep deprivation and extreme weather conditions at Ngee Ann City’s Civic Plaza.
The final contestant standing with his or her palm firmly placed on the car will drive home a brand-new car:
• Subaru XV 2.0i-S EyeSight (Cambodia)
• Subaru XV 2.0i (China)
• Subaru XV 2.0i-S EyeSight (Hong Kong)
• Subaru XV 2.0i-P (Malaysia)
• Subaru Forester 2.0i-L (Philippines)
• Subaru XV 2.0i-S EyeSight (Singapore)
• Subaru Forester 2.0i-L EyeSight (Taiwan)
• Subaru Forester 2.0i-L (Thailand)
• Subaru Forester 2.0i-L (Vietnam)
To win one of Asia’s largest and toughest urban endurance competitions, contestants have to place their right palms firmly within the surface area of the palm decals and be the last one standing. They are given a five-minute break once every six hours throughout the competition. If a winner based in Singapore breaks the current record of 82 hours and 16 minutes, he or she will also walk away with a Certificate of Entitlement (COE).
Regional contestants will also compete for additional titles and cash prizes. The title of Region Winner and a cash prize of S$1,000 will be awarded to the final standing representative of each participating region. The last standing regional contestant will win the Asian Winner title and walk away with an additional S$5,000 cash. The region, whose participants have the longest combined standing time, will be awarded the Region Team Winner title along with a cash prize of S$10,000.
DUO Rewards, the customer loyalty programme of Tan Chong International Ltd (TCIL), is organising a fund-raising activity. Members of the public can participate in games for a minimum sum of S$5. All proceeds will go to Rainbow Centre, a social service organisation that operates special education schools for persons with disabilities in Singapore.