ISKANDAR PUTERI, December 7, 2019: To encourage more participants to sign up, the co-organisers of “RUN FOR (Children Awareness Responsible Environment) CARE”, which is taking place on December 14 in CI Medini here from 7.30am to 10.30am, are offering cash prizes for the winners in the 5km category.
CI Medini and Master Paw Feng Shui Consultancy, which are jointly organising the event with Kiwanis Club of Taman Sentosa, are offering RM888 for the champion of the 5km run, while the first runner up and second runner up will walk away with RM555 and RM333 respectively.
Kiwanis Club of Taman Sentosa president Ivy Tan said the decision was made as the response to the fundraiser had been lukewarm.
Last month, the organisers had announced that the fundraising charity run was targeting to raise RM250,000 for special children who have autism, Down Syndrome, learning disorder, among others.
The amount raised will be channelled to the Kiwanis Careheart Centre in Persisiran Sutera Danga 1, Taman Sutera Utama, Johor Baru and 30 per cent will be for the purchase of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) vaccines from UNICEF.
The organisers had also wanted to allocate 30 per cent to the Sopheak’s Friendship School (SFS) in Siem Reap, Cambodia, but SFS opted to donate its entire quota to Kiwanis Careheart Centre.
Tan hoped the public can lend a helping hand as the event can motivate one to adopt a healthy lifestyle as well as benefit the charitable organisations.
Kiwanis Careheart Centre which currently has 67 special children is dedicated to helping intellectually-challenged children acquire skills that will integrate them into society when they grow up.
“The center 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.”
The charity run has 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 with more than 10 participants can sign up at a special price of RM40.
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.