KUCHING: The Kuching Heritage Race will be back early next year with an exciting new route and challenges to test the knowledge and ability of participants.
Entering its third edition, the race will take place on Jan 27, 2018 with the theme “Culture Meets Nature”.
The main focus of the theme is Kuching’s heritage and how nature is incorporated and expressed in the city’s buildings, activities and culture.
The race aims to continue introducing city folk and visitors to Kuching’s vibrant heritage so they can better appreciate it and understand why it needs to be managed for future generations.
The event is a team treasure hunt that requires participants to follow a map while deciphering clues, answering questions and performing tasks related to Kuching’s heritage.
The clues will enable teams to navigate some of the city’s special heritage features.
As in previous years, proceeds from the race will be channelled towards supporting worthy causes.
The 2017 race raised RM50,000 which was donated to the 10 Ringgit Club, a Miri-based charity providing support for mainly women weavers; Heart Treasures, which empowers youths with learning and physical disabilities through therapy and skills training; and Friends of Sarawak Museum, a non-profit organisation working in support of the Sarawak Museum.
The 2018 race aims to raise at least RM60,000 towards a community-based rehabilitation centre for underprivileged and disabled children; the Learning Disabilities Centre at Kampung Buntal, also a day-care centre for underprivileged and disabled children; and Catama Borneo, a social enterprise which collaborates with rural artisans to preserve and promote local handicrafts.