Student: Walk a stress reliever


A-bus with activity: SMK Raja Tun Uda students signing up for Starwalk during the roadshow in a special RapidPenang bus.

FORM Four student Najihah Mohd Nasir finds taking part in Starwalk to be a good way to destress.

The SMK Raja Tun Uda schoolgirl, 16, said last year’s walk was tiring but enjoyable, adding that she found it to be a good stress reliever after a week of school.

“I also learn about the heritage sites of inner George Town. I will be participating in this year’s walk again with eight close friends in the non-competition category.”

Najihah was among more than a hundred students, who registered for the event at a roadshow held inside a special Rapid Penang bus within the school compound yesterday.

Her schoolmate C. Thrishagini, 16, also took the opportunity to register for Penang Starwalk 2012.

“I got to know about the roadshow when it was announced by the school.

“I decided to register as the roadshow makes it convenient for me to do so,” she said.

Thrishagini’s friend R. Dakshina, 16, also submitted her registration as a first- time participant.

She said: “I’ve heard and read a lot about Starwalk over years, but never really knew what it was all about.

“However, this year, I decided to experience it for myself.”

Form Two student Mohd Taufiq Mohd Adnan, 14, said he would be participating in the non-competition category.

He said he hoped to persuade his parents to join him.

The school’s co-curriculum secretary Lim Gek Hua, a participant for the past four years, explained that the school was doing its best to get more students to participate in this year’s Starwalk.

“We have students registering every year, but this year we are hoping to get even more of them to register.

“The event will benefit the students as they get to exercise and at the same time learn about the iconic buildings along the heritage trail,” she said.

Lim added that the school would be subsidising the cost of the students’ bus fare on the day of event.

Penang Starwalk 2012, which incorporates a heritage trail, will take place on Sept 17, a replacement public holiday for Malaysia Day that falls on Sunday.

It is endorsed by the Penang Amateur Athletics Association and the Penang Municipal Council.

Participants, who complete the route within a two-hour time limit, will be eligible for a lucky draw.

The route for non-competition walkers is 6km while it is 10km for competition walkers, and the registration fees are RM10 and RM15 respectively.

Registration closes on Aug 15 for competition walkers and Sept 3 for non-competition walkers, or when the targeted 20,000 mark is reached.

The public can sign up from 9am to 5pm daily, including weekends and public holidays, at the Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas or The Star Pitt St. at 15, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.

Entries can also be submitted at The Star Seberang Jaya at 19A (1st floor), Jalan Todak 3, (Bandar Sunway) Pusat Bandar Seberang Jaya (9am to 5pm on weekdays), and Penang Times Square’s information counter on the ground floor from 10am to 10pm daily.

For enquiries, contact Eric Voon at 04-6473388 ext 3021 during office hours or 012-5851612 (email: ericvoon@thestar.com.my).

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