Monday, July 26th, 2010 12:59:00
KUALA LUMPUR: More than 1,000 people from all walks of life participated in the Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) Islamic Outreach “Walk for Charity” event at Dataran Merdeka yesterday.
The event began at 7.45am, but eager participants arrived as early as 5.30am.
One of the biggest winners yesterday was Jenny Lee, 55, from Jalan Pudu who not only won the top prize for the Women’s-Open Veteran category, but also a lucky draw prize from Naza group of companies.
Lee had been participating in walkathons, including The Malay Mail Big Walk.
“I was very happy to win the first prize and very surprised when they announced my name as one of the lucky draw winners, too.”
Saying she enjoyed this kind of healthy activity, she hoped for more corporate and non-governmental organisations to come forward and organise similar events.
ABIM Islamic Outreach chairman Azril Mohd Amin said he was happy to see such encouraging response from individuals, families and five school representatives. He was glad the public, regardless of race and religion, took part in the event.
“We had two Chinese families who came as early as 5.30am. Events like these are meant to get more funds to support our programmes and recruit new members for our movement. It also promotes healthy understanding and co-operation among Muslims and non-Muslims.”
Expressing his hope the walk would be an annual event, Azril expressed his gratitude to main corporate sponsor Naza group, especially Chevrolet, for providing transportation and support.
“We have been organising events for the past few years, but on a smaller scale. This year we wanted to become more aggressive and so we decided to have a corporate body to join us. We are thankful to have a big local company like Naza.”
Naza (Chevrolet) chief operating officer Datuk Maruan Mohd Said told The Paper That Cares as Naza products were lifestyle products, the company wanted to promote a healthy lifestyle to the public.
“Besides promoting an active and healthy lifestyle, we also promote family togetherness and co-operation among individuals. As the main sponsor, I am happy to see such response from the public.
“This is a part of our corporate-social-responsibility programme to promote a healthy and green awareness lifestyle. That is why we are also giving out our eco-friendly bags to the participants.”
Chevrolet also promoted their latest models for the public to see, touch and test-drive. The walk ended at 11.30am.