Chong Eng (in orange) flagging off the Colourful Run 2016 at 1st Avenue Mall. -Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star
THE inaugural Colourful Run 2016 saw over 200 hearing impaired people taking part in the event participated by some 250 runners.
Participants of the 5.6km fun run, organised by the Penang Deaf Association (PDA), came with their children, some being wheeled around in baby strollers.
“It’s really heartening to see so many people giving us their support,” said PDA president Razman Tan after the flag-off at the 1st Avenue Mall in Penang on Sunday.
The state government sponsored RM10,000 towards the event which was held to mark the International Week of the Deaf observed on the last week of September.
Penang Youth and Sports Committee chairman Chong Eng said those with physical disabilities should be treated equally with others and accepted into the mainstream sports events.
“It’s a tough road for paralympians to be accepted as equivalent to other athletes,” she said.
“If not for their performance at the Rio Paralympics 2016, their hard work and sacrifices would never be recognised.”