TAKING part in the Ipoh Starwalk 2015 is one good way for V. Jevisha to lose weight.
The 15-year-old from SMK Perempuan Methodist (MGS) said during the weekends she either went jogging or for brisk walks.
“I feel really healthy and fresh when I exercise, and therefore Starwalk is definitely on my list.
“My target is to lose as much of weight as possible,” said Jevisha, who will participate in the walk for the second time.
Her classmate Simren Preet Kaur said she too exercised regularly to keep fit and healthy.
Simren said during the weekends she played badminton and went jogging with her mother.
“This will be my second time joining the walk. Besides making new friends and joining the prestigious event, I also get to earn extra co-curricular points,” she added.
Nur Athirah Dahlia, 15, said this would be her third time taking part.
“I had so much of fun during the last two walks, and I am looking forward to the event this time around as well,” she added.
MGS principal Datin Mungit Kaur said the yearly support for the walk from the girls was really good.
She said the school always emphasised on healthy living, and that students were always told that exercise was an essential part of life.
“We are creating awareness on obesity among the students, and therefore the school organised Zumba classes under its “Crazy to be Fit” tagline.
“We will have follow-up programmes, and the Starwalk is a good avenue for the students to take part in healthy sporting events,” she added.
Over at SMK Seri Keledang, Sixth former G. Layvinia, 18, said this was her first time taking part in the event.
She said her friends, who had participated in the event, had told her that they had great fun.
“I heard a lot of good reviews about Starwalk, and therefore I decided to participate and experience it for myself this year,” she added.
Her classmate Ng Kok Lam said last year he had volunteered at the event under the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.
“So maybe this year I will take part and experience for myself what it is like to participate in the event,” he added.
Cheong Wan Jien said she too would be taking part in the event for the first time, and that many of her friends would be joining her as well.
“My friends who had taken part before have been telling me to join the walk, and after reading about the event in The Star, I decided to join in,” she added.
The school’s principal Sit Wai Yin said he has also been participating in Starwalk for the last 10 years.
“As such, I will definitely encourage my students to take part in the event as well,” he added.
The school’s senior assistant Wong Kien Heng said there was a year where the school almost topped in the number of participants for the walk.
“Hopefully this year we can get more students to participate and become the top school participating in the event,” said Wong, who has been participating in the event for the last 12 years.
Currently in its 12th edition, this year’s Ipoh Starwalk will be flagged off at the Stadium Indera Mulia in Ipoh at 7am.
The annual event is organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd in cooperation with the Ipoh City Council, state government, state Education Department and Perak Athletic Association.
The platinum sponsor for the walk is YES, and Indomie is the gold sponsor while the silver sponsors are Sanctband, F&N, Magnum and Julie’s.
Entry fee is RM13 per person, inclusive of the Goods and Services tax.
Those interested can register at The Star office at No 8-10, Lorong Chung Thye Phin, Ipoh, from 9am to 5pm, Mondays to Saturdays (except public holidays) or http://sites.thestar.com.my/starwalk/ (for outstation participants only) by May 30 or when 15,000 entries have been achieved, whichever comes first.
Currently entries have reached 10,000, which is more than the halfway mark. Register early to avoid disappointment.