| James Kon |
MORE than 1,500 individuals turned up for the UBD Green Run 2014 that aimed not only to raise awareness of the green initiative but also to raise funds for the construction of the Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) alumni building. It will be a one-of-a-kind green building in the country and its construction is expected to begin next year.
Flagging off the Green Run was guest of honour Dato Paduka Dr Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi, the Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education and Vice-Chancellor of UBD.
Joining the participants, Dato Paduka Dr Haji Zulkarnain ran in the fun run category which is a route that circled the campus of UBD.
Lim Kok Shien, Deputy Director of the Office of Alumni Relations and Advancement (OARA) in an interview said, “This is a very important step for us. We are really happy about the turn-out today. We also feel that we could have attracted more participants by offering lower entry fees for students.
“We hope to attract more participants in the next UBD Green Run which might take place next year or the year after. We have yet to decide on whether it will be an annual event or once every two years.”
This is the first event by OARA and it won’t be the last, he said.
He said, “We are trying to organise more events in the hope of engaging the members of UBD alumni which totals around 18,000 people. Our next event, still in the planning stage, is a golf tournament. Besides creating a platform to engage with UBD alumni, we are also creating an avenue to cooperate with them too.”
The Deputy Director of OARA said, “We are trying to promote a green initiatives and the alumni building is a green building.”
He also revealed that OARA will be issuing member cards and the cardholders will receive benefits from vendor partners. OARA is in the process of signing an agreement with RB to get special privileges for alumni cardholders.
Dato Paduka Dr Haji Zulkarnain gave away prizes to the top three winners of the 9.5km run and 5km run.
Sefli Ahar continued his dominance in the local running scene as he finished in first place of the 9.5km run among men. The second place went to Mike Hobbis and the third place went to Sunny Jong Shi Xian.
In the women’s 9.5km run, Yvette Korte Kaas crossed the finish line first followed by Fishy Leong Sheo Yee and Jenny Kamp.
The 5km male category saw Lim Wei Kuang finishing in first place. The second place went to Muhd Qammarul Arifin Hifni and Md Nizam settled for third place. In the female 5km run, Sarah Powdrill claimed first place while Grace Forshaw won second place and Vanessa Lobb was in third place.
The participants were also encouraged to collect recyclable items. A total of 1,088kg of recyclable items were collected.
The biggest collection came from Suzie Samat who gathered 146kg while Mohammad Khairan bin Hamid collected 47kg and Mohd Razali Paimin had 44kg.