Varsity students help organise virtual run to raise funds for animal shelters

Kang (left) handing over 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, “Pet’s Bowl Fund Run 2021” (PBFR21).

All they had to do was complete either a 3km or 5km virtual run, with 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 chairman Kang Chung Yee said it wanted to create an event that could motivate and re-energise people.

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

“And with the 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 sports watches,” he said.

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

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

“I congratulate all participants who completed the run in the midst of outdoor restrictions and strict standard operating procedure implemented by the government,” he said. — By SUSAN KHOR

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