BUSINESSMAN Eddie Lim Heng Siew could not believe his luck when he won the first prize at the Moon Gate Point Five Hiking Club 20th anniversary dinner in Penang.
The 53-year-old took home a SYM Bonus motorcycle worth about RM3,100 in the lucky draw.
“This is so unexpected. I will use the motorcycle to travel from my home in Tanjung Bungah to Moon Gate for my daily hikes,” he said.
The grand prize of a Honda Wave CX motorcycle worth about RM4,000 was won by a hiker who wished to be known only as Goh. She, however, declined to be interviewed.
Several hikers said they were glad Lim won the motorcycle, saying it was a fitting reward for his contributions to hikers.
“Lim is the head of the Happy Hikers Group. He and his team hike daily and they clear fallen branches that block the trails.
“I’m happy the prize went to him because of his team’s good deeds including searching for people who have lost their way in the jungle or those who suffered injuries while hiking,” said hiker K. Sathiasilan.
Among those present at the recent dinner were club chairman Datuk Benny Khor and Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Lai Fah Hin.
Organising committee spokesman Tang Chee Yeong said there was a record turnout of 1,330 people in the dinner held at the Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society in Macalister Road.
“There were 133 tables this time around. Previously, the highest number was 123 tables some years ago,” he said.
Tang said more hikers wanted to attend the dinner but they had to turn them down due to lack of space.
He said some 50 sponsored prizes worth about RM15,000 were given out to lucky draw winners.
The prizes included two motorcycles, two smartphones, a refrigerator, two LED televisions, a washing machine, three mountain bikes, two alloy folding bicycles, a slow cooker, a stand fan, sports shoes, sports bag, special cash prizes totalling RM5,500 which were given to four winners and ang pows totalling RM1,000 given to 10 winners.
“The feedback we received showed that those present were happy with the prizes and the tasty food,” he said.
Tang said hikers had started booking their tables in advance for next year’s dinner which is held on May 5 each year.
“Almost all the tables on the main floor have been booked. The ones left are in the corridor and on the second floor,” he said.