Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Run With Orang Asli 2011 - Runners Give Back
This was a magical run. Different from the norm running events you and I have ever participated in. Different because not only could be do a trail run but we also had the opportunity to give back to the Orang Asli. In our daily hype of chasing our Personal Bests, or more finisher medals or the 100th marathons or the 100miles ultra marathon, we tend to forget about the needy ones out there.
Many thanks to the likes of my good running buddies comprising of Karen Loh, Dzul, Irwan, Julie Wong and many many others for making this come true. All proceeds from the registration as well as donations in kind and monies were channeled back to the Orang Asli. We were glad and utmost happy to have them, as they were of us.
The location was at the Bqatu 16, Jalan Gombak lama. This road actually leads you all the way to Genting Sempah, and I do frequent this stretch on Pooky (my road bike lah). Love this stretch where it's all hilly all the way to Genting Sempah and be rewarded with a delicious downhill on the way back. Anyway, I'll leave cycling for another day.
Was just about 7.30am when I got there. That's the starting/finishing banner. Simple, no frills run. Those lovely creation of banners/buntings/book marks were contributed by Fred, Karen's hubby. Many thanks for the effort Fred! They are terribly beautiful to say the least.
Ian, came and participated. I haven't seen him for a while now and it's good to catch up once more. Still waiting for your delicious but yet healthy food bro!
I had such great fun with wonderful people at this trail run event and I've learnt quite a bit of the orang asli themselves. And the orang asli have also benefited from the collection of monies, food stuffs, clothes, toys and daily essentials which we have all managed to contribute. All of you have truly big hearts and I thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of the organizing committee. There's no better way for me to spend a wonderful Sunday! If you were there, I think you'd agree with me wholeheartedly!
This isn't the end of charitable events from runners. Stay tuned cause there's something cooking in the pot ... soon!