Virtual run encourages public to do their part for environment

Petronas and Yayasan Petronas chairman Tan Sri Ahmad Nizam Salleh (left) and Petronas Group Health, Safety, Security & Environment vice president Dzafri Sham Ahmad, at the launch of the Petronas walk4trees.

WHEN Petronas introduced a walking challenge in December 2019, some 20,000 of its employees joined in from across the globe.

Organised in collaboration with BookDoc app, the challenge was intended to promote a healthy lifestyle while enabling staff to play their part for the environment.

In this initiative, for every one million steps collected, Petronas will plant a tree.

In the spirit of inclusivity, Petronas invites the public to join in the two-part walk4trees virtual run and play their role in safeguarding the environment.

Petronas group health, safety, security and environment vice-president Dzafri Sham Ahmad said: “This is one of the key efforts under our flagship MESTIfit4Health programme, where we focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle among our employees.

With the additional element of planting trees, the challenge becomes even more meaningful as we are able to contribute to the environment, which fits well into our Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 aspiration.”

With an overall target of planting 20,000 trees by the end of the challenge, Petronas, through its CSR arm Yayasan Petronas, is collaborating with the Global Environment Centre (GEC) to manage the tree saplings, working with identified local communities to train and empower them to set up and run nurseries for a period of three years.

“By inviting the public to join in the challenge, we hope that we can create a community that is engaged and committed to help heal this world that we share.

“Ultimately, we also believe that the challenge can play its part in enhancing the livelihoods of the communities we have engaged to set up and run the nurseries, especially during these stressful times, ” Dzafri added.

The virtual run started on March 15 and is divided into two parts.

The first part entails a 200,000-step target, which participants will have to complete in six weeks.

Avid runners will have a chance to prove their mettle by also participating in the second part of the challenge, which will kick off in the first week of May, with a target of 250,000 steps within six weeks.

Those who complete the challenge will receive digital medals and certificates, with special prizes waiting for lucky draw winners at the end of the challenge.

To take part in the run, click on ‘Challenges’ in the BookDoc app to register. For technical assistance, call 1300-88-2362 or email

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