A HUNDRED and thirty old boys and students of Chung Ling High School will take part in a run to kick off its 49th Worldwide Carnival in Penang on June 17 and 18.
Penang Chung Ling Alumni Association secretary P’ng Sim Guan said the run would be flagged off at 7am on June 17.
He said it would feature the school’s old boys, some as old as 60 years old, and current students as young as Form Four.
He said they would start gathering at 6.30am at the Penang Philomathic Union in Macalister Road, before passing through Perak Road, Anson Road, Datuk Keramat Road and back to the school in Air Itam.
“During the run, three runners will each hold the school flag, alumni flag and carnival flag as these flags represent the whole spectrum of Chung Ling students,” he told a press conference at the association’s office at the school in Air Itam recently.
P’ng said the opening ceremony of the two-day carnival, held to mark the school’s centenary celebration this year, would begin after the completion of the run.
He said a parade would begin after the opening ceremony, featuring some 1,500 old boys and current students.
“Two brass band, each from Chung Ling High School and SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth, will also accompany the parade.
“They will start from the school (Chung Ling High School) to the Air Itam roundabout and back to the school.
“A Hop-On-Hop-Off bus will also be stationed to help transport elderly alumni members who have walking difficulties during the parade,” he said.
P’ng said the last time such a carnival was held at the school on Penang island was 10 years ago.
“There are 26 alumni associations around the world and this Worldwide Carnival has been held in many cities across the globe.
“This carnival is a time for all alumni members to come together, with the oldest alumnae being more than 90 years old.
“This year, the carnival coincides with the school’s 100th anniversary,” he said.
P’ng said a treasure hunt in the George Town heritage enclave would be held on the second day of the carnival.
“Each participant will be given a Chung Ling ‘passport’ where they will have to go to different stops and get their ‘passport’ stamped.
“There will also be a heritage tour for overseas alumni members who have not been back in Penang for a long time.
“A grand dinner will also be held on that day. Among the highlights are perfor-mances from current and ex-students of Chung Ling High School, Chung Ling Private and SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth,” he said.
P’ng said a food fair would also be held at the school’s covered basketball court from 9.30am to 2pm on the first day of the carnival.
He said more than 10,000 people inclu-ding students, alumni members and the public were expected to attend the carnival.