IT MAY not have been the most relaxing activity, but it certainly was one of the most comfortable as participants of the inaugural Charity Pyjamas Walk came dressed in their cosiest sleepwear.
Some wore their favourite sarong, while others took a more quirky approach with curlers in their hair. A total of 800 participants walked along the 3km route at the Perdana Botanical Gardens, all in the name of charity.
Organised by the Nordic Walking UK Malaysia (NWUKM), the walk is one of the activities being held as part of the group’s Project Pyjamas.
NWUKM founder Puan Sri Siew Toh Ee, who was dressed in a unicorn onesie, said the event was held to provide new pairs of pyjamas and storybooks to vulnerable children from welfare homes.
“Most of us take our bedtime routine for granted. Many of these children do not even have comfortable clothes to sleep in or even a book to read before going to bed.
“Hopefully, this project will give them a sense of security,” she said, adding that the children were each given two pairs of pyjamas and a book.
Siew said she was overjoyed at the generosity of Malaysians who helped make the project a success.
“It allows those who want to contribute, but may not have the necessary resources, to participate.
“It only takes about RM30 to sponsor a set of pyjamas or book,” added Siew.
The group has identified 571 children from 10 homes in the country and will continue to give out the pyjamas and books throughout the year.
To-date, some 2,000 pyjama sets and books have been donated to the children.
During the walk, 110 children from four homes in the Klang Valley put on their new pyjamas and joined in the festivities.
The participating homes were Destiny Starting Point, Special Children Society of Ampang, Caring Community Centre and Ti-Ratana Welfare Society.
Participant Tahnee Kong, 50, and her five friends’ outfits drew attention as they came dressed in matching bikini T-shirts.
“We learned about the event from several NWUKM members whom we met while hiking in Bukit Kiara.
“We thought this would be an interesting way to spend the day,” said Kong, adding that they had bought the T-shirts in Bangkok.
During the Pyjama Walk, NWUKM members took the opportunity to teach the participants about the benefits of Nordic Walking, a form of exercise which requires using specially designed walking poles.
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