| James Kon |
THE HEART Charity Night Cycle, Walk and Run 2014 held at the Indoor Stadium yesterday night saw a strong turnout of about 1,700 participants.
Held for the first time to raise funds for the underprivileged and patients who need assistance, the event organised by the Humanitarian Emergency Aid Response Team (HEART) received a very encouraging response from the public.
In support of the event as the guest of honour was Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, who also participated in the 3km walk.
Also taking part in the 3km walk was Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Paul Chiew, the Vice-chairman of HEART, in an interview expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the participants for joining the event and to Panacom for sponsoring the lucky draw prizes.
“This is the first time that we have hosted such a big scale charity event and the turnout was very good. The aim is to raise funds to help the underprivileged and to patients who need assistance,” he said.
He also revealed that this year’s HEART Charity Night Cycle, Walk and Run is part of a three-year event where medals from each of the events in the three years can be combined into a bigger piece of memento.
He hopes that there will be more participants looking forward to participate in next year’s event.
The event this year managed to collect more than $50,000.
HEART is a non-profitable organisation which is active in humanitarian work, first-aid cover as well as youth development and training since 2012.
Since its establishment, the membership of the organisation has grown from 80 to 400.