SXI charity run gets corporate boost

THE St Xavier's Institution's (SXI) Charity Run 2022 in Penang has received a RM25,000 shot in the arm from Motorola Solutions Inc.

The event on Sept 16 is split into a 5km fun run and 10km open, and is among activities organised for the school's 170th anniversary celebrations.

SXI board of governors chairman Victor Tan was grateful for the contribution and said it would cover the entry fees of participating students and also help with maintenance of the school.

“The run is in line with the charity drives we organise annually to raise funds for needy pupils,” Tan said during a presentation ceremony at the school on Tuesday (June 28).

Among those presenting the mock cheque on behalf of Motorola Solutions’ were senior vice-president of global enterprise and channels John Zidar and vice-president for PCR products and engineering Katja Millard.

They were joined by Motorola’s Penang vice-president and managing director Solomon Lorthu - a former Xaverian - and deputy managing director John Andersen.

The company's Penang site operations lead Alvin Yeoh said SXI is one of the schools they have engaged as part of their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach initiatives.

“It is important to expose and nurture the younger generations in STEM, as this will help support the industry demands of tomorrow,” Yeoh shared.

Also present for the ceremony were SXI brother director Brother Jason Blaikie, board member Jeffrey Chew, principal Goh Hong Peng and heritage board chairman Ooi Gim Ewe.

Following the handover, the visiting group from Motorola Solutions was taken on a tour of the school's recently-opened Hall of Gratitude, which is part of the school’s Heritage Centre and lists some 35,000 names of alumni dating back to 1879.

Members of the public who wish to join the SXI Charity Run 2022 can buy tickets or sponsor a student at

Participants who complete the 5km or 10km runs are entitled to lucky draws. There are also cash prizes of RM300, RM200 and RM100 each for the first, second and third-placed finishers in each of the 10km categories (men, women and students).

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