KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 2018 : The Orchid Run and Ride 2018 organised by the Association of Wives and Women Staff of Petronas (Petronita) will return next year with more exciting activities.
Petronita president Puan Sri Dr Azura Ahmad Tajuddin said yesterday’s attendance surpassed her expectations and she expressed hope that this would be bettered next year.
“This year, the support has been very encouraging. We started four years ago with only 3,000 participants and now around 7,000 participants and getting even more popular.
“We wish to remind everyone that little goes a long way and that together, we can help the less fortunate, while at the same time promote a healthy lifestyle,” she said at the event.
In its fourth edition this year, the event held at Persiaran KLCC, here, yesterday, raised over RM400,000, surpassing its targeted collection of RM250,000.
The event was also enlivened by the presence of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One driver, Lewis Hamilton; Petronas president and group chief executive officer, Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin; and Youth and Sports Minister, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
Syed Saddiq said: “The combination of sports and charity is a way forward for the country which the ministry would like to pursue further.
“We want to get big crowds involved in charitable causes while performing sports activities similar to today’s run.”
The four beneficiaries of the proceeds from the event were Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (120,000); Centre for Special Care Dentistry, Dentistry Faculty of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) (RM100,000); Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (RM100,000) and Institut Telinga, Pendengaran dan Pertuturan ( Institute -HEARS) (RM80,000)
Universiti Malaya Medical Centre’s Department of Medical Social Work chief, Datin Rodhiah Zakaria said the funds received would benefit more patients and allow a greater number to heal in the comfort of their own homes.
“Most of these patients suffer from respiratory problems and need the special equipment to survive. With the special equipment at home, they can benefit more from a familiar environment and the care of their family,” she said.
The run which was divided into two main categories, namely category A – 12km for the men and women’s open (16 years old and above) and two sub-categories under category B – 5km Fun Run, open to children aged seven years and above, and 5km Fun Ride, open to those aged 12 years and above – began as early as 6.30am.
Apart from the run and ride, participants were also entertained by local talents Altimet, Nana Al Haleq and Drum Circle. – Bernama