Join first night walk and help raise funds


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 07 Jun 2003

BY RENEE CHOONG

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will see for the first time the biggest group of people walking at night at Taman Rimba Bukit Kiara next Saturday, an event aimed at raising funds for underprivileged children worldwide. 

The night walk, organised by World Vision, an international non-profit organisation will be held from 7pm to 9.30pm at this popular jogging path in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. 

World Vision (Malaysia) executive director Goh Keat Peng said it would be the first night walk in the country and was intended to raise public awareness of the organisation’s emergency relief efforts in Africa, the Middle East and China. 

The group focuses on helping children in these regions. 

“Our programmes such as the Child Sponsorship Programme are aimed at providing lasting solutions to change the lives of these children, their families and their communities through local partnerships,” said Goh. 

Some of the funds raised at the night walk would be channelled to one of World Vision’s existing projects in Yunnan, China, where four million of the population are living below the poverty line, earning no more than 500 renminbi (RM250) a year. 

Goh hoped that the night walk would open up the hearts of Malaysians and encourage them to donate to the deprived. 

FOR THE CHILDREN:Goh is encouraging Malaysians to take part in the charityevent to raise money to help children worldwide.

World Vision International was established in 1950 by Robert Pierce who was touched by the plight of the children and families in the Korean War.  

Since then, its humanitarian work has helped over 80 million people in 104 countries. 

For the inaugural walk in Kuala Lumpur, both the public and companies can register.  

They can register personally at the site today at 7am to 8.30am or 5pm to 7pm and the following weekdays from 5.30pm to 7pm. 

“Last-minute walkers” are also accepted on June 14 itself with registration before 6pm.  

Fees that are donated to the cause range from RM5 to RM50 depend- 

ing on the age category of participants.  

For further information on the event, please visit www.worldvision.com.my or call 03-7722-1505.  

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