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Thursday May 16, 2013

Students see the walk as an opportunity to meet new friends

STUDENTS of SMK Buntong, Ipoh want to use the Ipoh International Starwalk 2013 as a chance to meet and mingle with students from other schools.

Form Four student Afiq Zulhusni, 16, said this year would mark his first participation in the walk.

“I wanted to try it out after hearing about the walk from my friends as it will be a new experience for me.

“I am especially excited as I hope to make new friends from other schools during the walk,” he said.

Form Five student K. Kavitha, 17, said she was interested in joining but had transportation problems for the event date of June 16.

“If I could participate, I want to use the opportunity to have fun with my friends while meeting different people and taking in the festive-like atmosphere,” she said.

School principal L. Manoharan said students at the school would benefit from the exposure to a huge event like Starwalk.

“Besides the walk being a fitness activity, it is also a good opportunity for the students to get into the community and learn how to be a true Malaysian.

Eager to run: SMK Buntong, Ipoh students and their teachers showing the Ipoh International Starwalk
2013 entry forms. Eager to run: SMK Buntong, Ipoh students and their teachers showing the Ipoh International Starwalk 2013 entry forms.

“By meeting people from different backgrounds, they can cultivate good values and understanding with each other,” he said.

Ipoh International Starwalk 2013 is jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and the Ipoh City Council, with the cooperation of the state Education Department.

The walk, which coincides with the city’s 25th anniversary celebrations, is divided into the 10km competition Malaysian category, 10km competition International category (open to all with qualifying time below 50min) and 7km non-competition category.

The registration fee is RM20 (International) and RM15 (Malaysian) for competition walkers and RM10 for non-competition walkers.

Deadline is May 17 for the competition event and May 31 for the non-competition category.

The public can register at The Star’s Ipoh office at No. 8-10, Lorong Chung Thye Phin, from Mondays to Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

For details, call 05-253 0402 or visit http://sites.thestar.com.my/starwalk for online registration or e-mail to ipohstarwalk@thestar.com.my.

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