EIGHT members of the United Sikhs Malaysia Organisation (Usmo) plan to climb up Mount Kinabalu on Friday, in conjunction with their annual Good Will Walk.
The climbers are expected to reach the mountain peak the next day, and descend to join a hundred others for a walk in Kota Kinabalu on Sunday.
Usmo secretary Anildeep Singh said since the walk’s inception in 2015, this was the first time that they decided to hike up the mountain as there were few hiking enthusiasts in the group.
“The hike is fully funded by the individuals and it is a tribute to our founder, humanitarian aid worker Rishiwant Singh Randhawa, also known as the Flying Singh, who passed away in an accident in India last year,” he said.
Usmo is collaborating with Malaysia Foodbank Organisation (MFO) and has targeted to raise RM15,000 through the sale of T-shirts at RM50 each and donations for humanitarian efforts in the country.
Batu MP P. Prabakaran handed a Malaysian flag to the hikers as a symbolic flag off at a cafe in Sentul last Sunday.
“The plight of the underprivileged community is serious.
“I took part in a project with college students to distribute food and clothes to homeless families in the city and was shocked to see their reaction. They rushed to grab the clothing items and it was not a pretty sight.
“There are many urban poor in need of help and we need to show them that we care, regardless of race and religion. The Government cannot do it alone, so I thank everyone participating in this project,” said Prabakaran.
The two-day 42km Good Will Walk from Muar, Johor to Melaka will flag off on Friday and is open to people of all races and religions. Those interested to join the walk can call 017-2010540 (Jesmesh) or 016-2330512 (Preetpiare).
Usmo also launched a helpline to honour Rishiwant, who is also MFO’s founder. It is called the Rishiwant Singh Helpline for Insaniyat at 012-222 4242.
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