Participants of charity walk for the disabled make new friends and share their experiences


  • Community Sports
  • Monday, 16 Jul 2018

A section of the 600 participants taking part in the Walk-Jog-Wheel With Us event for wheelchair users and people with disabilities. — Photos: ASRI ABDUL GHANI/The Star

SHEER excitement was apparent on the face of three-year-old S. Sri Soniya as she joined her friends and other participants in the ‘Walk-Jog-Wheel With Us 2018’.

The little girl was seen energetically joining in the warming up session before the charity walk with some 600 participants at the Penang City Park.

Sri Soniya, who was born with cerebral palsy, was among some 120 participants who joined in the recent 1.5km walk specially organised for wheelchair users and people with disabilities.

Her mother P. Sree Lavnia, 30, said her daughter was excited and did not make a fuss when she had to wake up early for the event.

“She knows that we are going out and she excitedly woke up early and got ready.

“She was happy to see so many people at the event,” she said.

Disabled participants and others warming up before the 1.5km walk.
Disabled participants and others warming up before the 1.5km walk.

Sree Lavnia plans to bring her daughter to more such events as she enjoyed being with others.

Retired soldier Abdul Razak Saad, who brought hiswheelchair-bound son Muhd Aiman Hakim, 18, hopes that more such events will be heldfor parents with disabled children.

The 45-year-old said his son, who was born with cerebral palsy, enjoyed outdoor events.

“Besides being a healthy activity, such events encourage family bonding and create new friendships.

“We also get to meet parents of other disabled children to exchange experiences,” he said.

Sri Soniya (centre) joining the warming up session with her mother Sree Lavnia (left) before the event.
Sri Soniya (centre) joining the warming up session with her mother Sree Lavnia (left) before the event.

He advised parents with such children to not to be ashamed of them and bring them out to have a normal active life.

Organised by the Cerebral Palsy (Spastic) Children’s Association of Penang, the event has two designated routes with a distance of 1.5km and 7km for the disabled participants and public respectively.

Spastic administrator Betty Ng said the event was also to raise funds for the centre’s educational and rehabilitation programmes.

The event co-organised by Penang Island City Council (MBPP), was flagged off by state Youth and Sports Department assistant director Vijayan Kumar.

MBPP Community Services director Rashidah Jalaludin in her opening speech, said the council had always organised sporting events for the disabled.

“I hope this event will create awareness and understanding about cerebral palsy,” she said.

 

Abdul Razak (left) spending time with Muhd Aiman after the event at the Penang City Park.
Abdul Razak (left) spending time with Muhd Aiman after the event at the Penang City Park.


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