2,000 show support for the disabled

Participants of the 4km category being flagged off at the SCAS & FT Annual Charity Walk/Jog/Wheel-A-Thon. — Photos: IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

CLAD in neon green T-shirts, more than 2,000 people gathered at the 24th Annual Charity Walk/Jog/Wheel-A-Thon to promote awareness of disabilities.

It was organised by The Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor and Federal Territory (SCAS & FT) Malaysia with the support of about 30 welfare-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The event, which included a 4km and 2km route, saw people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and autism walking, running and wheeling alongside able-bodied participants.

Flagged off by SCAS & FT president Datuk Seri Dr Lam Peng Chong, participants eagerly took to the roads around Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur, some of which were blocked off by the police to ensure safety.

KDK Fans Malaysia managing director Datuk Michael Yeo said, “The heart of a charitable organisation is its management team and its leaders, and I think he (Dr Lam) is a great leader for all the charity work that he has done.

A group of disabled folk entertaining the crowd at the event.
A group of disabled folk entertaining the crowd at the event. 

“We are here today (as the main sponsor) with SCAS & FT to show our support in helping all the special people here today in the spirit of a good cause.

“We look forward to more charitable collaborations with the association in the future,” added Yeo.

The annual event was also aimed at helping smaller NGOs which are struggling to raise funds to run their organisations.

“We would like to invite more NGOs to come on board. Then, we can organise a bigger event,” said Dr Lam, adding that he hoped they would get their desired venue next year, which is Dataran Merdeka.

He further said, “Don’t ever use old age as an excuse to stop doing charity work.”

The association is also in the midst of raising funds for its redevelopment project, a second building at its headquarters in the Sultan Idris Shah Building in Petaling Jaya.

The second centre for spastic children will offer free services to those in need.

For further details, visit the Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory Facebook page.

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