Firms all out to support walk

THE rush to register for Penang Starwalk 2010 has started, as entries will close by Friday or upon reaching the cut-off point of 15,000 participants — whichever comes first.

Dynacraft Industries Sdn Bhd has joined the bandwagon with 200 of its employees signing up for the state’s premier sporting event on Dec 12.

Twenty staff members led by chief operating officer Albert Law Yew Wah handed over the entry forms and a cheque to The Star’s marketing services executive R Parameswari at Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas yesterday.

“The company sponsored the eployees as a way to motivate them and to promote a healthy lifestyle among our workforce,” he said, adding that 190 staff members joined the walk last year.

QA section manager A. Govindaraju, 45, who had been taking part in the event since 1995, recalled his most memorable Starwalk was when he managed to get to the front row of the starting line in 1996.

“The picture was later published in The Star with me in it. I still kept the newspaper cutting until today,” he quipped.

His colleague Teoh Bee Teng also recalled fond memories of Starwalk, saying she first joined the event five years ago and had not missed a single one since then.

“It was really enjoyable walking and chatting with my colleagues at the same time,” said the engineering assistant.

Meanwhile, Vistana Hotel Penang in Bukit Jambul is contributing 20 complimentary vouchers for a two-day/one-night stay in its family suite worth a total of RM8,000.

Its manager Jack Lim, who handed over the vouchers to The Star’s accounts executive Leong Shir Mein yesterday, said seven employees would also be joining the walk.

He said this would be the first time the hotel was taking part in Starwalk as a way to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle among its employees.

“Many of our 210-strong workforce had wanted to join the event but were tied down with work,” he added.

For Tan Jon Wen and his group of friends, they are looking forward to have fun at the walk.

Tan, who is also taking part in the Penang Bridge Run, said they were confident in completing the walk in time.

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