COLUMBIA Asia Hospitals held a fun run at Anjung Floria in Putrajaya in conjunction with World Children’s Day.
The fundraising event, Run for the Kids 2019, encouraged parents to run in honour of their children,
celebrating every child’s rights to basic needs as deemed by the United Nations, including rights to responsible parenting and a safe family environment.
“We see this fun run as the perfect platform to get parents and children to interact and for us to connect with our patients, friends, clients and community members, ” said Columbia Asia South-East Asia chief executive officer Kelvin Tan.
“On top of that, it was also to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Malaysia, ” he added.
Make-A-Wish Malaysia, a charitable organisation that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, received RM10,000 from the run to fulfil its causes.
Accepting the mock cheque for Make-A-Wish Malaysia was its chief executive officer Irene Tan.
Run for the Kids 2019 featured two categories – 1km Kids Dash for children aged five to nine years, and 5km Fun Run for all in the family.
About 800 runners, mainly young families, indulged in the fun activities lined up at every checkpoint along the route.
The children were clearly thrilled at the sight of familiar characters strolling about, such as Sponge Bob, Angry Birds, Minions, Dora the Explorer, Pikachu, Barney, Bumblebee, Superman and Optimus Prime.
There was also a magic show performance as well as giant bubbles, balloon giveaways and a marching band featuring the characters.
Tan flagged off the runners along with Columbia Asia regional general managers Engku Marina Engku Hatim, Tom Lim and Lee Hui Chuen.