Going the extra mile for school


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.

(Above) The participants starting their journey from the school grounds in Farquhar Street. (Left pic) Part of the runners keeping a steady pace.
The participants starting their journey from the school grounds in Farquhar Street.

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.

Men Senior Veteran and Men Open category winners Chee Wee Man (left) and Wong Khai Kiang showing off their medals.
Men senior Veteran and Men Open category winners Chee Wee Man (left) and Wong Khai Kiang showing off their medals.

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 (with Penang flag) with state youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee (with Jalur Gemilang) and other officials flagging off participants of the SXI Padang Kota Run 2019 at the school in George Town. — Photos: MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star
Chow (with Penang flag) with state youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee (with Jalur Gemilang) and other officials flagging off participants of the SXI Padang Kota Run 2019 at the school in George Town. — Photos: MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star

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.

Men Senior and Junior Veteran category winners (from left) K. Muniandy, Chee Wee Man, Chuah Ken Kok and Thomas Karl Heinz after the run.
Men Senior and Junior Veteran category winners (from left) K. Muniandy, Chee Wee Man, Chuah Ken Kok and Thomas Karl Heinz after the run.

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.


   

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