Run to help those with disabilities


Tang (right) and Lum (seated) with (from left) RFAC advisor Cecilia Chen and Toh at the launch of the run.

A virtual and physical run to raise awareness of people with disabilities will be held from National Day to Malaysia Day.

Organised by Lovely Disabled Home, this year’s Run for a Chance (RFAC) expects to see 3,000 participants.

RFAC 2024 organising chairman Timothy Tang said the physical run would be held at 7am at Kepong Metropolitan Park in Kuala Lumpur on Sept 16.

“For the virtual run, participants can complete the 3km through cumulative runs anytime and anywhere from Aug 31 until Sept 16.”

Registration for the run ends on July 31.

“The registration fee is RM75 but there is an early-bird price of RM60 for those who register by May 31,” he said.

To encourage more individuals with disabilities to participate, those joining the physical run will have their registration fees waived.

Tang said these participants would be sponsored by Persatuan Kasih Sayang.

“For the online run, individuals with disabilities can register at a discounted rate of RM35,” he said.

Registration for RFAC 2024 was launched by Petaling Jaya MP Lee Chean Chung’s representative Jeremy Ang at the Lovely Disabled Home in Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya.

Lovely Disabled Home founder Lum Kok Kiang hoped people would take this opportunity to contribute to help the underprivileged as well as be part of the run.

Founded in 2005, Lovely Disabled Home is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation.

RFAC vice-chairperson and volunteer Toh Mee Fong that said over the past 18 years, the number of persons with disabilities who had worked in its workshops had increased from six to 70.

“Lovely Disabled Home has carried out more social responsibility programmes to cater to the needs of the community.

“Our main aim of organising this run is to raise funds for our operation costs for the first six months of the year,” she said.

Toh said the charity run also aimed to raise awareness and help people with disabilities to be gainfully employed, assimilate into society and actively engage with able-bodied individuals.

“We hope to raise RM300,000 as operating expenses for organising the workshops.

“We organise workshops for members of our home, including those with cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, physical handicaps, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Down Syndrome, learning disability, and autism,” she said.

Toh said the workshops served as a platform to train participants and they created job opportunities such as packing socks and cutlery sets or sauce packets for fast food outlets.

She said the run had become popular among people abroad as its previous editions attracted participants from several countries including the US, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We want more people to invite their colleagues and friends to run with us at the same time but in different places,” she said.

Registration can be done online via www.ticket2u.com.my/event/34450.

The first 1,000 participants will receive a pair of premium quality sports socks.

For details, call 03-7613 9439 or 012-407 9622.

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