JOHOR BAHRU, November 19, 2019: Get active, have fun and do your bit for charity before 2019 ends, by taking part in “RUN FOR C.A.R.E (Children Awareness Responsible Environment)”, happening on December 14 in CI Medini here from 7.30am to 10.30am.
Jointly organised by Kiwanis Club of Taman Sentosa, CI Medini and Master Paw Feng Shui Consultancy, the fundraising charity run is targeting to raise RM250,000 for special children who have autism, Down Syndrome, learning disorder, among others.
Forty per cent of the amount raised will be channelled to the Kiwanis Careheart Centre in Persisiran Sutera Danga 1, Taman Sutera Utama, Johor Baru, while 30 per cent will be allocated for the purchase of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) vaccines from UNICEF, and the remaining 30 per cent will be go to Sopheak’s Friendship School (SFS) in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
However, SFS representative Thomas Ong, a popular Singaporean actor told a recent press conference that SFS will donate its entire thirty per cent quota to Kiwanis Careheart Centre instead.
Ong said the reason for this was because SFS had raised a sufficient amount of funds in its last activity and is able to cope with SFS’ operating expenses for now.
“We decided to give up our allocation as we feel the money should go to those who are more in need of it. I have just visited the Kiwanis Careheart Centre and I’m very satisfied with the environment but I also understand the urgency of this fundraising campaign,” Ong said.
Event organising chairman John Tok said this is the first time the non-governmental organisation is organising a fundraising charity run that will benefit underprivileged children across the globe regardless of race and ethnicity.
Tok urged the public to lend a helping hand as the event can motivate one to adopt a healthy lifestyle as well as perform charity.
Kiwanis Club of Taman Sentosa president Ivy Tan said that there are currently 67 special children studying in the Kiwanis Careheart Centre.
Tan said the centre is dedicated to helping intellectually-challenged children acquire skills that will integrate them into society when they grow up.
“The centre spends about RM50,000 every month. We will provide different types of assistance based on the economic situation of each family. The minimum fee is RM400 per month. Therefore, we need public assistance to maintain and run the centre.”
Also present was CI Medini managing director Takeshi Matsukata.
The charity run features two categories — 5 km and 8 km. Registration fee is RM60 for adults, RM30 for children aged 7 to 12, and free for children under 7 years old. A school or college with more than 10 participants can sign up at a special rate of RM40.
To date, 200 people have signed up for the run.
Those who wish to sponsor or participate in the event can visit Kiwanis Club of Taman Sentosa Facebook Page or call 019-711 3383, 012-779 8156, 012-772 7736 for further enquiries.
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