This could indeed have been the rallying cry for participants of the Run for National Unity on Malaysia Day, Sept 16, 2017, as they raced towards the finishing line. They seemed undaunted by the routes outlined – 10km, 7km, 5km and 3km. Neither did the early Saturday morning drizzle and the wet ground dampen their spirit. The 2,000 plus participants eagerly warmed up in the cold morning, ready and raring to go.
Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, flagged off the first batch of participants at 7.30am and the last at 7.55am. There were 13 categories including men’s, women’s, family, corporate, school, veteran’s and the physically challenged.
The Minister called on Malaysians to support initiatives by both the public and private sectors to bring together diverse ethnic groups in the spirit of unity. “We need to show solidarity as Malaysians from all walks of life – including Malays, Ibans, Indians, Kadazans, Chinese – gather to promote racial harmony,” he said.
The Run’s organizing chairman, Lim Hock Chye, said the Run was a resounding success.
Padang Merbok was a sea of blue T-shirts that morning. The participants warmed up to Zumba dancing and many took the opportunity to visit tents and booths set up there. HELP CAT’s Culinary Entrepreneurship Centre also prepared packed food for sale.
The Run took on a carnival atmosphere as participants and the public were captivated by performances of the HELP Dance Sports Club and the HELP Indonesia Club. The audience was kept in awe by HELP’s cheerleaders’ stunning display of acrobatics.
As the participants started arriving at the finishing line, friends and families alike cheered them on. The winners in the various categories received cash prizes of RM500, RM300 and RM100. Lucky draw winners walked away with six Hoptown 320 foldable bicycles, 15 ICE Watches, 20 Aladdin T-shirts and other prizes. Participants also took home a finisher medal and a Certificate of Participation.
The Run attracted many sponsors and partners, among whom were Astro Prima, RHB Insurance, OCBC, Rexcoco, ICE Watch, Aladdin Street, Redbull, Fajar Baru, Perhentian Tropicana Inn, Mang and Vam, Swiss Dream Circus and Cetaphil. Ultron was the apparel partner and Redberry/Malay Mail the media partner.
The event proceeded smoothly with security and technical support provided by Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Association.
Among the guests was Prof Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Vice-Chancellor and President of HELP University, National Unity and Integration Department Director-General Baharin Idris, Malay Mail Group Editor in Chief, Datuk Wong Sai Wan, Astro Prima Assistant Vice President (Channel) Natasha Hashim and Kong Shu Yin, CEO, RHB Insurance, Dato’ Ong Eng Bin, CEO of OCBC Bank and Peter Das, Group Marketing Director, represented the Redberry Group.
We take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors and partners for their support in The Run for National Unity and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!