KUCHING – In approximately 4 weeks, the third edition of the Run for the Wild will take place in Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus. As one of Kuching’s biggest conservation awareness runs, the event will bring together 280 runners who will participate in the 1.5km fun walk, 5km or 10km categories in support of orang-utans, sharks and rays.
This year’s edition of the Run features a few changes to add to the already entertaining event such as the appointment of event ambassador, Mr. Peter Paris and his companion Pedro, the orang-utan plush toy, of the Keep Green Movement.
Taking a page from previous events, the Run will continue to be eco-friendly, with the organizers setting up water booths at strategic points of the routes. As leaders in conservation, the organizers are encouraging runners and volunteers to bring along their own reusable water bottles. “By doing so, we hope to set an example for all that large-scale events do not have to generate massive amounts of waste,” stated WCS Malaysia’s director, Dr Melvin Gumal.
Apart from the conservation awareness talk that will take place at the end of the event, this year’s Run will feature a number of entertaining side-activities such as face and henna painting, Zumba sessions and a coloring contest for primary school students. The coloring contest will be split into two categories; Category A for Primary 1-3 students aged 7 to 9, and Category B for Primary 4-6 students aged 10 to 12. Registration for the contest is open until 1 December 2017. Interested participants can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/tEsapSAJ2mNSmKH92.
“This year we have seen headlines on wildlife crimes splashed across the news,” added Dr Gumal. “There is an obvious need to increase public awareness and garner public support to ensure the future of our wildlife is secured.”
Run for the Wild is co-organized by WCS Malaysia, Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre. “Swinburne is more than glad to be able to host and co-organise this event. Conservation issues are of primary importance as our wildlife’s future and our own children’s future depend on sustainable lifestyles,” Christina Yin, Swinburne Green Club Advisor and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Language and Communication added. “Students who volunteer to help in this event are demonstrating their commitment to lead eco-friendly lives and we hope more people, young and old, will follow suit.”
Though registration is now closed, those who wish to join the Run can still participate and contribute to the cause by joining the Virtual Run category. Virtual runners can submit their run or walk track logs to WCS Malaysia’s Facebook page as a show of support. Visit the event website at www.runforthewildmalaysia.com for more information and to register as a virtual runner.
Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program is headquartered in Kuching, Sarawak, with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Kahang and Kuala Rompin in Peninsular Malaysia. Currently, WCS Malaysia works to conserve four priority species – orang-utans, sharks and rays, elephants and tigers. Look up https://malaysia.wcs.org/ for more information on WCS Malaysia and visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WCS.Malaysia/ for updates.