KANGAR: Nineteen children will attempt to reach the country’s highest peak, Mount Kinabalu, tomorrow.
Aged between eight and 12, they are part of an expedition to conquer the mountain.
Project co-ordinator Dr Suraya Sudin said their parents backed the idea and now it was a matter of training and inspiring them to achieve the feat.
The children from three Perlis primary schools were trained by professional climbers for 12 months and scaled Gunung Jerai in Kedah and Gunung Chandrawasih and Gunung Medan in Perlis.
They were also taught breathing techniques as they climbed and were given advice on nutrition to ensure fitness.
Dr Suraya said the expedition, which cost RM51,000, was funded by the parents, SK Sena parent-teacher association and private donors with the support of the state government and the National Climbers Association.
Dr Suraya, another doctor, four trainers and two adult members will accompany the children, who include a girl.
“We hope to achieve three goals – to plant the largest Perlis flag on the summit on May 27, become the youngest ever expedition and have the most number of climbers from Perlis,” Dr Suraya said before they left for Kota Kinabalu on Saturday.
The children are Muhd Adli Edzuan Kamal Bashah from SM Sains Tuanku Syed Putra, Mohd Aizudin Senapi from SK Kuala Perlis, Muhd Shahmeerul Aiddin Mustafa and Muhd Ammeerul Nazrin Mustafa from SK Seri Perlis.
The rest from SK Sena are Mohd Zharif Azhar, Shahirul Amin Shahini, Mohd Afif Zainal Bharin, Mohd Jabar Abu Bakar, Alif Aizuddin Roslan, Norazman Noraziz, Mohd Faizal Mohd Ahtar, Mohd Amar Adli Baseri, Muhd Ariff Edzham Kamal Bashah, Noorhafid Akmal Zairi, Muhd Syarif Mat, Mohd Baqir Ali, Sufyan Syaril Salmi, Amir Syahmi Roslan and Liyana Marissa Mohd Ghazali.
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