RM1mil raised for charity via night run

Raja Zarith Sofiah (left) handing over a certificate of appreciation to Johor youth, sports, entrepreneur development, cooperatives and human resources committee chairman Mohd Hairi Mad Shah at the Laksamana Run appreciation dinner at the MBIP main hall. Looking on is the event’s royal patron Tunku Tun Aminah (second from left).

More than RM1mil has been raised through this year’s Laksamana Run in Iskandar Puteri, Johor.

Held at Dataran Iskandar Puteri, Kota Iskandar recently, the 5km night run with a neon theme was launched by Johor Princess Tunku Tun Aminah Sultan Ibrahim, who was also the event’s royal patron.

“A total of 5,500 participants signed up for the Laksamana Neon Run 2022 in both the physical and virtual run categories,” said Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation (YKTLJ) chief executive officer Mohd Ikmal Izam Zaini after the run’s appreciation dinner at the Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) main hall.

“Participants came from all over the country as well as Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei.

“Besides promoting a healthy lifestyle, this programme also aims to collect funds through sponsorship packages which have been contributed by corporate organisations.”

Also present at the event was Johor Permaisuri Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, who is also YKTLJ chairman.

Among the platinum package sponsors were Johor government, Johor Corporation and Group of Companies, Lotte Chemical Titan (M) Sdn Bhd, Berjaya Corporation Bhd and Ranhill SAJ.

A total of RM1,045,000 was collected from this year’s event, bringing the total amount of donations collected since 2017 to RM4.45mil.

Some participants also walked away with lucky draw prizes worth RM70,000 such as an iPhone 13, a smart watch, treadmills and staycation vouchers for luxury hotels in Johor.

In the last two years, the Laksamana Run was organised virtually, with people taking part from all over the country and neighboring countries.

The event was first introduced back in 2017 and has managed to attract more than 17,500 participants over the years.

YKTLJ was inspired by Tunku Laksamana Johor Almarhum Tunku Abdul Jalil Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, who passed away due to liver cancer on Dec 5, 2015.

It was officially established in August 2016 by Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

To date, YKTLJ has donated more than RM10mil in medical equipment, medicine and transportation needs to 2,945 cancer patients.

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