Virtual run in aid of animal shelters get good response

Kang (middle) handing over the proceeds from the run to Lily Leng at SPCA Penang.

EIGHTY-ONE people took some time out to do good by taking part in a virtual event known as ‘Pet’s Bowl Fund Run 2021’ (PBFR21).

All they had to do was complete either a 3km or 5km virtual run, with the net proceeds of RM1,000 equally split between two animal shelters — SPCA Penang and Meowy Cat Shelter.

The virtual event was jointly organised by 7 Lights, an event company set up by seven students of Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC), and the two animal shelters.

PBFR21 chairperson Kang Chung Yee said they wanted to create an event that could motivate and re-energise everyone about running again.

“Without sporting events to train for, enthusiasm levels often drop easily.

“And with the raging Covid-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever for all of us to maintain our health at optimum levels and keep our immune system strong.“This event allowed participants to run anywhere within the specified time frame.

“They just had to provide proof of their completed distance through digital apps or sport watches.

“The funds collected will help take care of the needs of cats and dogs at the shelters,” he said.

Kang said they managed to collect RM2,343 from entry fees and donations, with each participant receiving a T-shirt, a medal and a certificate at the end of the event.

Chuah Chin Guan, who is HCUC’s dean of School of Communication and Media, thanked the students for organising the event.

“I congratulate all participants who completed the run in the midst of outdoor restrictions and strict SOP implemented by the government,” he said.

Virtual runs are increasingly more popular and practical now as the Covid-19 pandemic has halted the staging of mass participation events all around the world.

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