MKM’s Sweat For Charity Fun Run attracts 280 participants

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE than 280 people from all walks of life took part in the Brunei Council on Social Welfare’s (MKM) Fun Run yesterday.

Themed ‘Sweat For Charity’, it was among the projects and activities organised by MKM to raise funds for the underprivileged and senior citizens.

The run was also aimed at instilling care and concern for the country’s less fortunate and elderly.

Held at Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, the event kicked off with a Zumba session followed by the run, which was divided into a 5km male category and 2.5km female category.

Present to flag off the run was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof.

Coming in first place for the male category was Ak Mohd Mazni Pg Saifudin followed by second and third place winners Mezedi Hj Othman and Md Firdaus Al-Islam Md Zain.

In the female category, Nurul Nawwarah Noor finished first, followed by Ayu Annur Nazihah Hj Mustapa and Adizah Perami in second and third place.

Among the participants was 20-year-old university student Ashfina Hafzal.

“There are so many events going on today, but I chose to participate in this particular run in the hope that my contribution will help those in need,” she said.

Ashfina was accompanied by her two sisters and friend who also joined the run for the sake of charity.

“Apart from that, of course, are the health benefits. Since it’s a fun run, my friends and I just took it easy and encouraged those who felt demotivated along the way.

“I’d love to do more. So hopefully, MKM will organise more runs or activities that I can take part in soon,” she said.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Mikael Ahmad participated in the run with his wife and daughter.

“I always make it a point to my family that we must do what we can to give back, so I also encouraged my wife and daughter to join.”

Since it was a fun run, the family ran at the same pace, he said, adding they would encourage each other if one of them was slowing down.

“It’s definitely a great family and friend activity. Not only are you running to be healthy and helping charity, you’re also strengthening the bonds with those around you.”

“I’m also very happy that us Bruneians have become people who want to participate in runs or any other healthy activities. I hope this will be continued by generations to come,” said the civil servant.

MKM President Datin Paduka Hjh Intan Hj Mohd Kassim in a statement said the public response towards the run was encouraging.

Alhamdulillah, this gives us inspiration to continue our charity and welfare work to help the underprivileged in the country.”

The Brunei Times