GEORGE TOWN: The #AnakAnak Malaysia wristbands were a hit with participants of the FMM-OCBC Heritage Walk and Cycle 2016 in Beach Street.
Star Media Group audience management senior manager (north) Oun Sui Leng said 1,100 wristbands were distributed at the event.
“They were gone within five minutes and many wore the bands immediately. Some took more than one.
“There were people still asking for the wristbands even after we finished giving them out. Malaysians are a patriotic lot,” she said yesterday.
The #AnakAnakMalaysia campaign is a joint programme between Eco World Development Group Bhd and Star Media Group Bhd to promote unity.
The two-hour walk and cycle event was held to encourage a healthy lifestyle, as well as to promote the George Town heritage sites.
Participants walked and cycled the 5km route that took them through Church Street, Queen Street, Armenian Street Ghaut, Armenian Street, Cannon Street, Stewart Lane, Muntri Street and Light Street before returning to the OCBC centre.
Event organising chairman Jimmy Ong said the FMM-OCBC Heritage Walk and Cycle 2016 raised a whopping RM300,000 to aid 20 children’s charities in Penang.
“We have outdone ourselves by breaking some records of sorts.
“Donations increased from last year’s RM240,000 and our beneficiaries have increased from 12 charitable organisations to 20, with each receiving RM15,000.
“Participation has also increased from 2,000 last year to 2,500 this year,” he said in his speech before handing out the mock cheques to the organisations.
Ong said that among the beneficiaries were the Penang Shan Childrens’ Home Association, Children’s Protection Society, House of Hope Penang and the Penang Hospice Society.
“We are also channelling some funds to the Lions Club International District 308-B2 to build a library at SMK Convent Green Lane,” he said.
LCI District 308-B2 district governor Jennifer Kim said the club was keen to engage youths.
“We will encourage our Leos (young Lions) to donate books to the library in line with our centennial celebration’s Reading Action Programme,” she said.
Malaysians can participate in the #AnakAnakMalaysia campaign by taking a photo or video of themselves wearing the wristband and posting them on www.anakanakmalaysia.com.
The wristbands come free with copies of The Star. Alternatively, pick them up at any EcoWorld show gallery and Star Media Group offices nationwide.
The campaign runs until Sept 16.