Downpour fails to stop walkers


Chow (centre), VIPs and state officials posing for a group photo with the mock cheque for RM500,000 at theFMM-OCBC Heritage Walk event in Beach Street, Penang. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

ARMED with umbrellas and raincoats, enthusiastic walkers braved a downpour during the FMM-OCBC Heritage Walk 2018 in Penang.

The heavy rain which started even before the flag-off at 7am in Beach Street, failed to dampenthe spirits of more than 3,000participants gathered at thestarting line of the 5km fun walk.

Clerk Mazni Ariffin, 29, was among the avid walkers, who took part in the walk with her husband, siblings and two children, aged three and one.

She said the family did notforesee the sudden downpour as there was no sign of rain before they left their home on themainland.

“We were looking forward to the walk as it was our first fun walk with the kids.

“The rain will not stop us from joining the walk,” she said before the flag-off on Sunday.

Despite being an early event, Mazni wanted her children to experience the outdoor withpeople from all walks of life.

Chow (white T-shirt) joining participants in a Zumba session during the event.
Chow (white T-shirt) joining participants in a Zumba session during the event.

Couple Low Wei Yeak, 35, and Chin Choon Chee, 33, were also seen with their young daughter Low Qin Yu, four, and son Low Yu Zen, one.

“The kids were excited to join the event when we told them about it.

“However, the downpour made it a bit difficult because we don’t want our kids to get wet and fall sick,” Chin said.

Chin added that the walk was a great activity to do together as a family.

“It is also a good opportunityfor us and the kids to see and learn more about the heritage enclave,” she said.

The 5km walk along the Unesco World Heritage Site started and ended near OCBC Premier Bank in Beach Street.

The participants were expected to collect ‘heritage stamps’ during the walk by passing 17 heritage landmarks.

The walk was also to raise funds benefitting various charitable organisations, with RM500,000 already been raised for 22 welfare homes in Penang.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow flagged off the participants before joining others in a Zumba session.

Earlier at the Esplanade, some 5,000 runners also braved the rain to take part in the 11th edition of the Penang Run.

The run saw participants from 28 countries competing in four categories — 32km, 21km, 10km and 4km — offering cash prizes amounting to RM21,000.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and Penang Island City Council mayor Yew Tung Seang launched the event.

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