Family bonding over fun event

Yang Di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas flagging off participants at Penang Starwalk 2019 in front of Gurney Paragon Mall in Gurney Drive. With him (from left) are Ananda Rani, Penang Amateur Athletics Association (PAAA) president Datuk Syed Mohd Aidid Syed Murtaza, Fong, Liong, The Star news editor Alex Teng, Lee, Vogiatzakis and PAAA honorary secretary V. Govindasamy.

A FATHER and his son were the first to cross the Penang Starwalk 2019 finish line.

Competition walker Tan Chee Leong, 41, who represented Penang in state and national meets, came in first at 0:35:29 in the 7km walk and his son Sriven, 14, close behind him at 0:38:00.

“I have joined Penang Starwalk every year since I was 16 years old in the late 80s and remember being first that time, ” said Chee Leong, a businessman.

Sriven, who won a gold medal at the National Sports School Council 5km walk in Johor this year, could not hide his joy of winning along his father.

“My father coached me. The credit goes to him, ” said Sriven, whose mother, D. Kavitha, 41, represented Penang in the 1993 International Junior Championship race walk.

Coming in third was Roger Tan Yong Guang, 15, who crossed the finish line as the timer closed at 40 minutes.

“I just wanted to enjoy a brisk walk with my friends.Unexpectedly, I walked a little too fast while my friends were cruising behind me.

“Now I know why friends say I am a fast walker, ” said the SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian student.

After the walk, interesting activities, entertainment and refreshing delights awaited everyone.

At the squat game, those who did 30 to 100 squats got goodie bags.

Star Media Group Berhad chief executive officer Andreas Vogiatzakis presented book vouchers to schools with the highest number of participants.

SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth received RM700 in book vouchers for sending 1,047 students.

In second and third places were SMJK Heng Ee (931) and SMJK Perempuan Cina (713), which won RM500 and RM300 in book vouchers respectively.

The schools that earned RM100 in book vouchers were SMJK Chung Ling (479), SMK St Mark (383), SMJK Phor Tay (331), SMJK Union (244) and SMK Bagan Jaya (234).

The platinum sponsor for the seventh year – telecommunications company YES – set up a multi-player eSport battle of PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds).

YTL Communications Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Wing K Lee said game players had the chance to enjoy the company’s pure 4G network.

“We want them to try our data speed, ” he said.

Tenaga Nasional Bhd, a new entry into the gold sponsors list, promoted their interactive app myTNB and website – – where one can download bills, check accounts, monitor if their tenants are paying their electric bills and file complaints.

TNB also promoted its Residential and Commercial Solar Plans.

TNB Penang Retail Division (Customer Service) head U. Ananda Rani said they were pleased to be part of Starwalk 2019.

Silver sponsor Indofood (M) Food Industries Sdn Bhd served Indomie Asli with eggs and GoWell cereal drinks.

Indofood senior trade marketing executive T. Mohan said they were happy to return as a sponsor and promoted their recently launched flavour, Indomie Goreng Aceh.

BookDoc, an app encouraging people to be active, held a lucky draw for those who proved that they walked 6,000 steps daily in the last five days.

Ewein Zenith Sdn Bhd returned as a silver sponsor and promoted their City of Dreams Hike in December, offering a promotion on the registration fee and a lucky draw with chances of winning a waiver on the fees.

The other silver sponsors included Wiitrac Elevator Sdn Bhd and Penang Turf Club.

F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd, the official beverage partner, gave out mineral water bottles, 100Plus Isotonic drinks and their new Lychee Pare.

At its booth, participants challenged each other to see who could take a bigger gulp of their drinks and won premium cutlery sets.

Its regional trade marketing manager Steven Yeoh said F&N has always been a Starwalk sponsor.

“We have been with Starwalk since the beginning but it feels new each time. We learn from the other booths and this is the first year we held a drinking game, ” he said.

Citizen Watches (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the official timekeeper, had a claw machine for those who took part in a survey to claw for hand fans and soft toy keychains.

Those who went to the dimsum booth got a 30-day free trial for new users with a chance to take part in a ‘spin the wheel’ game and win origami cutouts, notebooks, puzzles, and a pop socket.

Hunza Properties Sdn Bhd executive director Fong Yin Sian said they were proud to host Penang Starwalk for the third time at Gurney Paragon Mall.

“It is a meaningful and much sought after event for everyone. We are glad to be a part of this.”

McDonald’s Malaysia sponsored 400 Sausage McMuffins for the event’s working committee members, volunteers, officials and sponsors.

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