On solid ground: Wee Min (left) and Hwa
Beng pose with a Climb for Marriage 2014 bunting in support of strengthening the marriage institution.
THE journey to the peak of Mount Kinabalu reflects the hardships and
adversities people face in ensuring a long and lasting marriage.
This is the line taken by Focus on the Family Malaysia, which is organising the Climb for Marriage 2014 from Sept
14 to 18 and aim to lend a voice towards the institution of marriage and strengthening family ties.
Focus on the Family executive director Lee Wee Min said the divorce rate in Malaysia had been increasing over the years.
“In 2011, 35,114 divorces were recorded compared to 16,425 in 2001.
“The increase over this period of over 100% is worrying and it shows that the marriage institution has weakened over the 10-year span.
“Through this event, we hope to spread awareness of the importance of marriage and strengthen family ties,” he said.
The inaugural adventure is the highlight of a year-long nationwide campaign called Ido! Married for Love, Married for Life.
It will take place over five days and four nights when participants will ascend and descend the mountain.
The event is supported by the National Population and Family Development Board.
Event organising chairman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng said they hoped to raise RM200,000 for Focus on the Family Malaysia.
“The funds will be channelled towards events, seminars and counselling resources to protect and strengthen families and marriages in Malaysia.
“We are targeting 74 participants to climb Mount Kinabalu, which is 4,095m above sea level.
“We will reach the peak on Sept 16 and we will celebrate Malaysia Day there,” he said.
Hwa Beng added that participants do not necessarily have to come as a couple.
“Interested individuals with or without the experience of climbing are welcome to join.
“SOMs Adventures is our event partner and they will provide training for the participants before the climb,” he said.
For more information, call 03-79548920 or visit www.marriedforloveforlife.my