Guardian Walkathon 2016

Hundreds turned up at Putrajaya’s iconic wetland just after sunrise today to celebrate Malaysia Day and to commit to a healthier lifestyle. They came in groups and as families; young and old, and some came in special national costumes to mark the occasion. As having fun and quality time were part of morning’s agenda, the walkathon had two events - the 3- kilometer fun walk and the 5-kilometre fun walk.

It rained heavily before the event started. After waiting for an hour, the rain still not stopped. Nevertheless, it started to drizzle afterward. The walkathoners began to walk with an umbrella when the whistle was blown. It seemed like nothing could stop this bunch of participants from joining the event.

Besides the walk, there were more games and a lucky draw for everyone.

For the participants, they not only benefitted from a morning of healthy activities but went home knowing that their effort benefitted hundreds of orphans and needy children of 15 charity homes.

In conjunction with the walkathon, Guardian Malaysia donated a total of RM300,000 to 15 homes across the country. Each home received RM20,000. Part of the charity funds came from the Walkathon ticket sales, but the bulk of the RM300,000 came from Guardian Malaysia. Representatives of three of the homes received their cheques from Christina Low, Marketing Director at the prize presentation ceremony. They are from the Rumah Penyayang Ulin Nuha; Pusat Jagaan Kanak-Kanak Yatim Muhammad Al-Fateh, Pusat Jagaan Pertubuhan Anak-Anak Yatim Darul Aminan.

Now in its 7th year, the walkathon has always included a charity element, with funds raised for various different causes.

To enable their business partners to join in the fun in a special way, a 100 metre Corporate Mascot Dash was also held.

The winner of the Most Outstanding Costume Competition received Guardian vouchers worth RM1,000. Ten others received consolation prizes of RM100 Guardian vouchers each.


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