DAWN had not yet broken, but more than 1,000 Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) students had already gathered at the campus’ Sports Complex, gearing up for a colourful fun run.
Organised by the university’s Community Service Society, the “Move On Charity Colour Run” promised an energising morning run through splashes and sprinkles of coloured powder on a 5km route.
Pristine white shirts were delightfully stained with red, blue, purple and yellow and the students did not seem to mind at all.
Present to start the event was state executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
Apart from the aspect of fun and health, the run was part of the university’s effort to raise public awareness on prevention and treatment of kidney diseases.
Organising chairman Lee Wai Keat said they also aimed to donate at least two dialysis machines to the Moral Uplifting Dialysis Centre.
“We had visited the centre and we were truly shocked to see the reality of dialysis and how so many patients are suffering from kidney diseases.
“This is why we wish to raise funds to help them, as well as to develop the spirit of caring and sharing among students,” he said during the opening ceremony of the run recently.
Also present was the centre’s president Datuk Yik Phooi Hong, who said the run shows that Utar students are not only focused on their studies, but are concerned about the society as well.
“Our centre is a non-profit charity set up to provide the most affordable dialysis service to the poor and needy patients.
“We charge only RM45 per session, as compared to the usual rate of RM160 to RM200 charged at private hospitals,” he said.
In addition, Yik pointed out that their equipment needed to be changed and upgraded every few years because of their limited lifespan.
“We are running 26 dialysis machines to be used by more than 80 patients and each unit costs around RM40,000.
“Furthermore, we have the reprocessor machine and reverse osmosis water purifier that needs replacing too.
“To maintain the centre is a heavy financial burden, as our monthly operational costs usually exceed RM100,000.
“As such, we need donations from the public to help us out,” he said.
Yik added that he hoped for other organisations to follow in the footsteps of Utar students by organising fund-raising projects in aid of the dialysis centre and other charitable bodies.
The run ended with entertaining student dance performances and an outdoor rave session.
The Moral Uplifting Dialysis Centre is located at 260-264, Jalan Chung Ah Ming in Ipoh.
Those who wish to donate may call 05-321 1120.