KUCHING – The Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program’s (WCS Malaysia) Run for the Wild is set to take place on November 17th, 2019. Runners are urged to register online at www.runforthewildmalaysia.com, before September 17th. Runners can register online for the 5 and 10 km category for RM 70 as well as a cotton event t-shirt and medal. The registration fee for the 1.5 km fun walk is set at RM 35 per person, and participants will get an event t-shirt as well as an event button badge.
The signature three routes cater for all ages; a 10 km run which will go through the premises of WCS Malaysia’s conservation partner, Hilton Kuching; a 5 km run and a family-friendly 1.5 km fun walk. Interested participants who will not be able to make it on the event day itself are encouraged to register for the Virtual Run.
Since its inception in 2015, more than 2000 people globally have participated in the Run. Virtual runners have participated in different towns throughout the country as well as countries as far as Norway and Auckland.
Participants with young children may opt to register their kids for a colouring contest online at https://bit.ly/2lO0YUC. Further details may be obtained by contacting Batrisyia at 016 800 2329. Taking their green event a step further, organisers will be utilizing cotton drawstring bags to place the run packs in place of plastic. Even the event tee will be made of cotton as opposed to microfibres, as these are made of plastic. Every wash of a microfibre t-shirt releases millions of plastic particles into the water, all of which are too small to be filtered by treatment plants, thus ending up in waterways and oceans where they wreak havoc on marine life.
Dr Melvin Gumal, Director of WCS Malaysia Program and Whitley Award winner said: “Saving wildlife and their habitats helps us to conserve the environment that is crucial for our own well-being. In fact, the environment really needs our help now as habitats are being destroyed and fires are creating the haze that is so harmful to the young, elderly and those with respiratory ailments. Join the Run for the Wild to help spread awareness on our wildlife’s needs and our needs as well!”
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 these creatures. The run is jointly organized by WCS Malaysia and Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus in partnership with Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC).
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.