MANY old boys of St Xavier’s Institution were among the 1,000-odd people who took part in the inaugural SXI Padang Kota Run to raise funds for the school.
There were two categories in the run — 5km and 10km — which was flagged off by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow at the St Xavier’s Institution grounds in Farquhar Street, George Town.
The 10km run saw participants running till Gurney Drive before returning to the school, while the 5km run led participants to Clove Hall Road before finishing at the school.
Proceeds from the event went to helping needy students as well as for maintenance of the school.
One of the old boys Christopher Tan, 34, won himself a finisher medal, adding that “I gave my all to complete the run all for the sake of my alma mater”.
“Yay, I managed to complete a 10km run for the first time, although many would have done countless marathons at my age,” he said.
Chow, in his speech, said the state had been supporting all school activities and would do more to enhance education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
“There is an increasing awareness in these subjects and schools need to set up Maker Labs by upgrading the present science labs,” he said.
He commended St Xavier’s Institution for being in the forefront of education, and hoped the school would continue to cater to the talent needs of the state.