Downpour fails to stop walkers


Participants of the FMM-OCBC Heritage Walk 2018 in Penang braving the downpour with umbrellas and raincoats to complete the walk. — 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 dampen the spirits of more than 3,000 participants who gathered at the starting line of the 5km fun walk.

Among the walkers was clerk Mazni Ariffin, 29, who came with her husband, siblings and two children, aged three and one.

She said the family had not foreseen the downpour as they left their home on the mainland to attend the event.

Despite it being an early event, Mazni wanted her children to experience the outdoors with people from all walks of life.

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

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

Participants braving the downpour to complete the FMM-OCBC Heritage Walk in Beach Street, Penang. (Right) Chow (centre), VIPs and state officials holding a mock cheque for RM500,000 in aid of various charitable organisations in the state. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star
Participants braving the downpour to complete the FMM-OCBC Heritage Walk in Beach Street, Penang. (Right) Chow (centre), VIPs and state officials holding a mock cheque for RM500,000 in aid of various charitable organisations in the state. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

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

“The children were excited about joining the event when we told them about it.

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

She said the walk was a great activity to do together as a family.

“It is also a good opportunity for us and the children 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 held to raise funds for 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 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 — with 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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