THE 23rd Annual Charity Walk/Jog/Wheel-A-Thon with the Disabled has made it into the Malaysia Book of Records for being the longest-running charity walk/jogathon event.
More than 3,000 people from all walks of life joined the event at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur, last Sunday.
Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor and Federal Territory (SCAS&FT) president Datuk Seri Lam Peng Chong said the association raised about RM400,000 during the event.
“This event also helps create awareness to the public on the many disabilities that exist while allowing NGOs to promote better understanding and cooperation to help those in need.
“It contributes towards a healthy lifestyle where the entire family can take part in the 2km or 4km walk or run,” said Lam, who was glad the event made it into the record books as it is for a good cause.
Sponsorship co-organising chairman Jerry Ching said they hoped to increase the number of participants next year by promoting the event six months earlier through various print and online media channels.
“The response was overwhelming this year and the number of participants are almost twice as many as last year’s and 30 NGOs had to come in full force to support the event.
“The SCAS&FT is still in need of funds. Last month, the association’s royal patron, Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, paid a visit to the Spastic Centre in Petaling Jaya and pledged a personal donation of RM400,000.
“The new Sultan Idris Shah Building at the Spastic Centre, which is currently undergoing construction, will cost about RM30mil to build and SCAS&FT has raised about two-thirds of the cost so far.
“The 12-storey building can cater to at least 400 more trainees and it will be large enough to provide inpatient services as well.
“The building is being targeted for completion within three years,’’ he said.
The run, jointly organised by SCAS&FT and Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association.
Main sponsor KDK Fans (M) Sdn Bhd contributed RM100,000 with 23 fans used as prizes for the lucky draw.
The company’s chief executive officer Datuk Michael Yeo said they were glad to support the event as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Other sponsors were Acson, Proguard, Oasis, Golden Pavilion Development, Viral Cham, Berjaya Hotels and Resorts, Nestle, Gardenia and Huntmer.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall Brass Band led the participants during the 2km walk.
Hailing from Japan, Shuko Arabe participated in the walk with her 10-year-old son Rei Urabe, who was in a stroller.
“I have been living in Malaysia for one-and-a-half years and my son goes to SCAS&FT about three times a week, so we decided to participate in the event to show our support,’’ she said.
Zamri Aziz, 40, who was at the event with his wife Norshafini Aziz and daughter Zara Arissa, said the walk gave them the opportunity to meet other parents with disabled children.
“It is also a great way to spend time with our children outdoors,’’ he said.
Wira Sudepja Rabu agreed, saying that he often took his daughter Nur Wadihan with him for outdoor activities such as cycling. “Bonding with the children and getting them to participate in outdoor activities will help them interact better with society, ” he said.