IF you are reading this, you may want to make changes to your Sunday recreational plans, and head straight for a one-day carnival that takes place today at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur.
Going on from 9am to 5pm, the event, which is open to the public, is held in conjunction with the Riding for Life (RfL) campaign, a unique cycling adventure organised jointly by the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) and Singapore’s Action for AIDS (AfA).
The eight-day long 800km ride will be flagged off by Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at 6.30am near the Astaka area, which is located opposite the Titiwangsa stadium (Jalan Tembeling). More information on RfL, which is sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, can be obtained at www.mac.org/LOVE/RFL.
Details about the carnival are as follows: It will be suitable for families, and entertainment will be provided by 3R hosts (Azah, Kartini and Yuen), ALAM, Chacko Vadaketh, DJ Beryl, Ferhad, Jason Lo, Pengasih Music Group, Reefa, Shahrizan and Defiant Performers. Non-stop sounds will be provided by URBAN Sessions featuring DJ Groove Doctor, DJ Jungle Jerry, and DJ Sam Kumar from 11am onwards.
Activities of the day include face painting, stilt walker shows, henna painting, rock climbing, magic show, dance items by Celestar Studio of Performing Arts, martial arts demo by Grupo Capoeira Angola Palmares Malaysia, street soccer demos (with some competition thrown in), kolam-making demos (and again, some competition) by Temple of Fine Arts, and some other unspecified items from Soka Gakkai Malaysia and Petronas.
The carnival will also be turned into an opportunity to educate the public about HIV/AIDS through some exhibitions, games and quizzes, all with attractive prizes thrown in by sponsors like KL City Hall, Golden Screen Cinemas, MAF, Mediate Communications, Samsonite, Tesco, The Body Shop and Universal Music.
RfL 2003 is part of MAF's IN THE NAME OF LOVE campaign, which has been boosted tremendously by the support of Petronas, DRB-Hicom, and Telekom Malaysia.
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