Big day out for recovering addicts

THE Exodus Games for recovering drug addicts will be held on Saturday at the Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, and will be organised by the Klang Valley Alliance (KVA), which comprises 15 NGO drug rehabilitation centres in the Klang Valley.

The sports carnival is organised every two years to encourage individuals undergoing drug recovery treatments to lead wholesome and healthy lives.

“We want to show that former drug addicts are committed and have the willingness to kick the habit and rejoin society,” former Kelana Jaya MP Loh Seng Kok, who is also KVA adviser said.

“It will also be a good way of promoting interaction and exchanging ideas between participants from different centres and enabling them to help and support one another,” KVA chairman Pastor Richard Lee added.

The event will start at 8am and end at 5pm and will involve participation of 500 people from 21 drug rehabilitation centres from all over Malaysia and one centre from Singapore.

Tourism minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, who is the guest-of-honour, will launch the opening of the games while Malaysia Crime Prevention vice- chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye will be a special guest.

“We are grateful that The Chicken Rice Shop has agreed to sponsor lunch for all the participants,” Loh added after receiving the sponsorship worth RM5,000 recently.

“We still need help to run this event, from the stadium rental to transportation, officials and drinks, and the sponsorship is very much needed and appreciated.

“I urge the public to lend a hand in contributing towards drug rehabilitation programmes in Malaysia.

“Not just in terms of funds, but also visits to the centres to help in the recovery of drug addicts,” Loh said.

For more details, call Richard Lee at 016-6115129.

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