Organised by Star Media Group, the participants, all armed in their best walking gear, zoomed off once the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas flagged off the event yesterday.
Hospital attendant Shukor Ismail, 52, has been a regular at the event. And once again, he came dressed in a Penang flag costume while his six-year-old daughter Fatin Najla Shukor and five-year-old grandson Muhd Harraz Qushaiyyi were both in Jalur Gemilang attire.
“I’ve been wearing such costumes to all events I take part in. Recently, my daughter and grandson came along. We join about 30 events in a year,” he said at the walk with his family of seven.
Another participant, Aryssa Nadya Mulhaf, 15, who suffers from a neurological condition, turned up in a wheelchair with her sister Yasmin Kamelia Mulhaf, 23.
“The atmosphere is so lively with so many people around us. Many of them shared positive thoughts with me. Hopefully one day, I will be able to walk again,” said Aryssa.
She was accompanied by her mother Nur Hazlin Abdullah, 49, who often takes part in walking and running events.
Also present at the event were Star Media Group chief executive officer Andreas Vogiatzakis, Star Media Group client brand marketing general manager Simone Liong, who is also Penang Starwalk 2019 chairman, Star Media Group news editor Alex Teng, YTL Communications Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Wing K Lee, Hunza Properties Sdn Bhd executive director Fong Yin Sian, Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) Penang Retail Division (customer service) head U. Ananda Rani Ulaganathan and Penang Amateur Athletics Association president Datuk Syed Mohd Aidid Syed Murtaza.
Gurney Paragon Mall was the venue provider, while F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd was the official beverage partner.
Citizen Watches (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd was the official timekeeper.
The event’s platinum sponsor was YTL Communications Sdn Bhd, while TNB was the gold sponsor.
Silver sponsors were Indofood (M) Food Industries Sdn Bhd, Wiitrac Elevator Sdn Bhd, BookDoc, Penang Turf Club and Ewein Zenith Sdn Bhd.
There were also games apart from a Starwalk contest which offered 120 prizes worth RM300,000 in total.
Eight schools which sent in the highest number of entries also received book vouchers worth RM2,000 in total.
The Penang Starwalk 2019 was initially scheduled for Sept 22 but was postponed on the advice of the state government in view of the haze then.