KUCHING – Hotel giant Hilton Kuching has once again committed to raising awareness for wildlife conservation by partnering with Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program (WCS Malaysia) for the third annual Run for the Wild happening on 17 December 2017.
“Hilton Kuching has long been associated with a positive culture of developing positive, ongoing and lasting relationships within the community and is delighted to work together with WCS Malaysia, supporting conservation of orang-utans and preserving sharks and rays by providing much needed respite to the runners who will be ‘Running for the Wild’,” remarked General Manager, Hamish Watts. “Furthermore we are excited to work with Sarawak Artists Society (SAS) once again to showcase their works to participants and hotel guests.
“The hotel has long been associated with WCS Malaysia and SAS and as a recognized landmark in Kuching city, we are eager to showcase Sarawakian hospitality to our guests, both local and international,” added Watts.
Runners of the 10 km route will be making a pit stop at Hilton Kuching to recharge before heading back to Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, another longtime partner in conservation events. The 5 km and 10 km runs and 1.5 km walk will all be flagged off at the campus, and participants will finish and collect their medals at Swinburne as well. There, at the university’s multi-purpose hall, participants and members of the public will enjoy a WCS Malaysia conservation presentation and side activities such as a children’s conservation colouring contest, face and henna painting and Zumba session.
Apart from providing light refreshments for the runners, the hotel will also be promoting the virtual run to its guests.
To-date, the virtual run category has over 200 registered participants from 30 different countries, with organizers aiming to hit the 32-country mark and matching the World Cup. “The Virtual Run last year showed the wonderful support 26 countries had for orang-utans, sharks and rays conservation in Sarawak,” said Director of WCS Malaysia, Dr Melvin Gumal.
“It is encouraging to see us surpass that number this year with virtual participants from New Zealand to Russia and to USA. Let us hope for continued support for all these animals as indeed our iconic wildlife have endeared themselves not just to Sarawakians but to citizens globally,” added Dr Gumal.
Virtual runners can register at www.runforthewildmalaysia.com and send in their track logs to WCS Malaysia at firstname.lastname@example.org until 31 December 2017. Registration for the children’s conservation coloring contest is still open, and parents are encouraged to sign their children up with the aim to help their children learn about wildlife and conservation in Sarawak. More information on the run can be obtained from the same website.
Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program is headquartered in Kuching, Sarawak, with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Kahang, Johor and Kuala Rompin in Peninsular Malaysia. Currently, WCS Malaysia works to conserve four priority species – orang-utans, sharks and rays, elephants and tigers. Go to https://malaysia.wcs.org/ for more information on WCS Malaysia and visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WCS.Malaysia/ for updates.