KUCHING – The Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program’s (WCS Malaysia) Run for the Wild is set to take place on November 24th, 2018. The event, jointly organized by WCS Malaysia and Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus in partnership with Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC), will flag off from Swinburne Sarawak at 6 am.
The run will feature three routes to cater for all ages – a 10 km run which will go past WCS Malaysia’s long-term conservation partner, Hilton Kuching; a 5 km run and a family-friendly 1.5 km fun walk. Apart from the stated routes, participation from runners outside of Kuching is encouraged via the Virtual Run. Since its inception in 2015, more than 1000 people from up to 35 countries worldwide have participated in the run.
With registration of the run now open online at www.runforthewildmalaysia.com, runners are encouraged to sign up fast as the closing date for registration is October 24th. Runners can register online for the 5 and 10 km run for RM 55, inclusive of a cotton event t-shirt and medal. Students, with a valid student ID, can register at WCS Malaysia’s office to get a special student rate of RM 40. Registration fees for the 1.5 km fun walk is set at RM 35 per person and all participants will get an event t-shirt and a button badge.
There will also be a colouring contest for primary school children, a conservation exhibition, as well as henna and face painting on the day of the event. Meanwhile, energising Zumba warm-up sessions by a certified Zumba instructor will be conducted to help participants to limber up before their run.
Each year, WCS Malaysia’s Run for the Wild is committed to raising awareness of the threats faced by orang-utans as well as sharks and rays. Funds raised from the event will be channelled towards efforts to conserve of these creatures.
“Being a non-competitive run, WCS Malaysia focuses on the event as a platform to build a new audience of conservationists and gaining new advocates and partners,” said WCS Malaysia Director, Dr Melvin Gumal, who will also be delivering a conservation talk after the run. “The run has even attracted runners from all over the globe to participate in the virtual category. We are hoping to expand the number of virtual runners from last year, not just in the global representation of the runs, but also the number of supporters.”
“Swinburne is excited to host the event once more. Raising awareness for the need to conserve our wildlife and to practise an environmentally-friendly lifestyle among our students and staff as well as the public is an important sustainability goal that we strongly support,” Swinburne Sarawak Green Club advisor and co-organiser, Christina Yin added.
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.