The original report by the Star newspaper appeared here.
The walk, held at Dataran Merdeka, was organised to raise funds for welfare and community activities. The beneficiaries include the Saudara Islam Development Programme, Mosque Tourist Guide Programme, Orphans and the Poor Welfare Sponsorship Programme, the Islamicare Programme for the disabled, Orang Asli Socio-economic Development Programme and the Hospital Visit Programme.
The walk was sponsored by Pavilion Crest Sdn Bhd, the sole Chevrolet distributor in Malaysia (under the NAZA Group of Companies). NAZA Group of Companies joint group executive chairman Datuk SM Faisal SM Nasimuddin said, “As a leading bumiputra family-owned business, we strive to be a good role model for the community and are always keen to support events that champion a noble cause.”
Islamic Outreach ABIM chairman, Azril Mohd Amin expressed his appreciation to Chevrolet as the main corporate sponsor for the event. He said the NGO had held several events over recent years although on a much smaller scale. “This time round, we wanted to step it up a notch and decided to collaborate with corporate bodies,” said Azril. He hopes the walk would become an annual success with continued support from large local companies such as NAZA.
“Chevrolet offers lifestyle products and so it is only fitting that we complement these by promoting a healthy lifestyle to the public. “We also advocate family togetherness and encourage the fostering of ties between people of different races and religious beliefs. Hence, we are happy with the multi-racial turnout to this ‘Walk for Charity’,” said Pavilion Crest Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Datuk Maruan Mohd Said.
The ‘Walk for Charity’ drew crowds from various races and religious beliefs who came in droves to show their support for the cause. Apart from raising funds for charitable activities under Islamic Outreach ABIM, the event aids in promoting healthy understanding and co-operation among Muslims and non-Muslims.