Run to celebrate learning disabled


Green (right) revealing the Everyone Can Run 2019 poster with members of Bake with Dignity and representatives from sponsors.

A RUN to support the cause of the learning disabled will be held on June 16 at Central Park Bandar Utama in Petaling Jaya.

The event, organised by non-profit organisation Dignity & Services (D&S), is themed “Everyone Can Run” and features three categories namely 10km, 5km and 2km.

“We want to make sure no one is left out of this event, so we are introducing the 2km category this year,” explained D&S executive director Helen Teh. D&S supports adults with learning disabilities,

1 Utama Shopping Centre is sponsoring the venue for the fourth consecutive year.

“This run is a celebration of inclusion,” said D&S chairman Josh Green.

The organisers said the run aimed to bring the community together for some light-hearted fun while drawing attention to the cause of the learning disabled.

As such, they hope to attract more families and able-bodied runners to buddy with participants who have physical and learning challenges. Last year, more than 800 participants took part in the run.

D&S hopes to raise RM150,000 from the run to fund its two ongoing projects.

The projects are Supported Living, in which members learn self-help skills, and Bake With Dignity, a sheltered employment initiative that enables members to work and earn money.

“I believe the target can be met with greater understanding from the public. It is our endeavour to replicate these projects to benefit more adults with learning disabilities,” Green added.

Other sponsors for the run are Navis Capital, RaceXAsia, Boh Plantation, Southern Rock Seafood, Shucked, SL Parameter, AmBank and Integrated Public Relations as the PR partner.

There are prizes to be won for each category of the run. For the creative runners, there are also prizes up for grabs for the Best Dressed contest.

According to Teh, over 30 Scouts and volunteers will be mobilised as route marshals to coordinate road traffic with the traffic police to ensure a safe run.

Go to www.dignityandservices.org to register online for the Everyone Can Run 2019. The early-bird fee starts from RM18 per runner.

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