Family fun run for gender equality goes virtual

(From left) 2020 JCI Pearl president Chaysea Tay, Chong Eng and Teh showing the posters for the virtual run at Komtar.

IN THE new normal, the ‘Run With Flying Colours’ 3km family fun run will be held virtually this year from Aug 17 to 28.

“Those who join the event can make their runs anywhere, at home, nearby parks or even break it down into sessions to complete the 3km run, ” said organising chairman Anicial Teh.

Organised by JCI Pearl in conjunction with the International Women’s Day, the run aims to pass on the message ‘Each for Equal, I for Inclusiveness’.

Teh said the run was originally scheduled for March 15 but had to be turned into a virtual fun run due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This is our flagship event and we want to promote a gender equal world through it.

“This virtual run is open to everyone, both men and women, in line with the state government’s initiative to promote gender equality.

“The race is on for more gender-equal boardrooms, governments, media coverage, workplaces, health and wealth, so we want to make it happen, ” she said in a press conference in Komtar, Penang, on Monday.

The virtual run is still open for registration and the closing date is tomorrow.

Tickets for the run are priced at RM38 for individuals, RM120 for four persons and RM380 for a group of 15, which includes a goodie bag, T-shirt, tumbler and an e-certificate for every runner.

The public may register for the run at

Teh said there are lucky draw prizes worth over RM5,000 up for grabs.

After the fun run period, there will be a live official ceremony on Aug 30 from 8am to 10am via JCI Pearl’s Facebook page at

Activities on the live video include a Zumba session, opening ceremony remarks, campaign launch and lucky draw sessions.

State family development and gender inclusiveness committee chairman Chong Eng, who was at the press conference, said this is the third consecutive year that JCI Pearl is organising the family fun run.

“As many have heard repeatedly, the state envisions a family-focused green and smart state that inspires the nation by 2030.

“Ever since the state implemented the Gender Inclusiveness Policy, Penang Women’s Development Corporation has actively equipped various government departments and agencies to ensure a balanced representation of both genders especially at decision-making levels.

“This year, the state aims to introduce this policy to private and non-governmental organisations to inspire them to adopt this policy in their respective organisations.

“This is essential for economies and communities to thrive, ” she added.

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