AN unexpected 1,200 participants have registered for the upcoming Chow Kit Run on April 8, surpassing the target of 1,000 participants.
Even though registration for the fun run held by Yayasan Chow Kit (YCK) is closed the public will still be able enjoy the fun.
A Chow Kit Festival will be held the entire morning at SK (P) Jalan Batu – the starting and finishing point of the run.
Singer-songwriter Liyana Fizi, who is the official Chow Kit Run ambassador, will be holding a special concert at the festival.
Miss Malaysia 2010 Thanuja Ananthan and former Formula One racer Alex Yoong, both official Chow Kit Run ambassadors, will also be present.
There will be food trucks and booths for people to grab a bite as well as an art bazaar and a lucky draw for festival-goers.
The Chow Kit Run participants, who will be running together with the YCK children, will also be shown a different side of Chow Kit.
YCK founder Dr Hartini Zainudin said the children were happy to be able to show off their neighbourhood in a good way and prove to the public that there was nothing to be ashamed of.
“It’s also nice for the kids to get to meet people who are interested in the area and it is not always all bad,” said Dr Hartini.
Not only that, all runners will also be wearing superhero-themed masks during the 6km run in the heart of Kuala Lumpur to drive home the message of being a “Hero for every child in the country”.
The masks are available for purchase this weekend during the race kit collection at Sunway Putra Mall.
Chow Kit Run is an extension of YCK’s previous campaign, #Topeng, last year which used masks artistically to symbolise the difficulty in identify pedophiles among strangers
Founded in 2011, YCK aims to provide a safe space and expose children in the neighbourhood to as many positive opportunities for them to reach their full potential.
“The whole point of the event is not about us, it’s about helping the children to speak up for themselves and be able to take care of themselves, and when that happens then we all move on,” said Dr Hartini, who started the foundation as Nur Salam in 2007.
There are currently 1,600 children registered under YCK and about 200 children go to YCK, every day.
Dr Hartini said it had always been a problem for YCK to obtain funds. “We come up with different creative ways and we ask the children to participate by coming up with programmes that do not use much money,” said Dr Hartini.
“In the past, the children raised their own money through concerts. But this is the event that we’re all coming together to do something very public.”
For details on Yayasan Chow Kit or Chow Kit Run, visit www.yck.org.my