IPOH: Ipoh Starwalk 2014 provided the opportunity for many families to have a healthy day out on Fathers Day.
Hundreds of dads were spotted walking with their families among the 15,000-odd participants who took part in the 7km event here.
For Chew Tak Ming, the celebration was a special one as it coincides with the walk and the 2014 World Cup tournament.
The 46-year-old Brazil supporter said there was no better way to spend the special occasion than to go for a morning walk with his loved ones.
“I try to have a family activity once every week, so this Ipoh Starwalk is certainly a wonderful opportunity for me to spend time with my wife and kids. Plus, this is also the healthiest way to spend Fathers Day,” said Chew, who took part in the event with his wife and two children, aged 10 and 15.
Also seen at the walk were Kampar MP Dr Ko Chung Sen with his wife and five children.
The event was flagged off at about 7.10am at Stadium Indera Mulia here by Perak Sports Committee chairman Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya.
Earlier, the participants observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to Sultan Azlan Shah who died on May 28.
SMK Tambun student Nik Nurhaifaa Nik Hasni, who won a 3D/2N stay at the Pangkor Laut Resort and a Galaxy Tab 3 Lite from the Starwalk lucky draw, planned to give the hotel stay to her father as a Fathers Day gift.
“I hope this will make him happy,” the 17-year-old said after receiving the prize from Star Publications (M) Bhd executive director Tan Sri Kamal Hashim.
“And I hope he will not only bring my mother to the resort but also me and my two siblings. As for the Galaxy Tab, I will keep it for myself,” she quipped.
The hotel stay, sponsored by YTL Communications Sdn Bhd, is worth about RM5,000 while the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is worth about RM700.
Other lucky draw prizes included Papago GPS device courtesy of Magnum, mountain bikes and other hotel stays courtesy of Impiana Hotel, Best Western Premier The Haven and Royal Hotel Penang.
Others present at the prize presentation included Star Publications senior regional manager (operations) David Yeoh and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Lee Wing K.
The event, which only had the non-competition category this year, was organised by The Star in collaboration with Ipoh City Council, Perak Athletics Association and Perak Education Department.
The platinum sponsor for the walk was YES while the silver sponsors were F&N, BP Healthcare, Magnum and the Perak Education Fair.