PETALING JAYA: Star Media Radio Group’s announcers from 988 and Suria FM are lending their voices for a good cause on Oct 12 as they participate in a celebrity exhibition match with the Malaysian blind football team at the Bulan Sukan Negara festival.
“I want to learn how they overcame their disability to be able to play football!” said 988 radio announcer Aaron Chen.
“As a DJ, I feel it’s my responsibility to learn more about eye-related disabilities so we can understand it more in our work.”
The Eye On The Ball: Bola Buta Challenge, which is free for all members of the public to attend, will also feature the likes of Bunkface, Ummi Nazeera, Harith Iskander, Jinnyboy, Marianne Tan and Kyoto Protocol.
“I would love to see everyone come and support this interesting event, and experience - however we can - how blind people live their lives, ” he said.
“I’ve always felt like the blind have a very unique perspective towards life - maybe we’ll discover something we’ve never thought of before!”
The Bola Buta Challenge is being held in conjunction with Eye On The Ball, a cinema film produced by the award-winning R.AGE team and presented by Star Media Group and CIMB Foundation. It is set to be released in Malaysian cinemas this December.
Members of the public will also get to try blind football themselves after the celebrity match, from 10:30am to 6:00pm, with goodie bags and prizes from Starbucks and Inside Scoop up for grabs.
Bulan Sukan Negara is an initiative by the Youth and Sports Ministry, and will be officiated by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
Over 75 activities will be carried out throughout the day, including a carnival aimed at inspiring disabled Malaysians to be more active, zumba, and a taekwondo exhibition.
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