Over 200 students of UNMC came hand-in-hand to take part in Mission Pink: Run for Charity 2015, which aimed to raise money for the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM). This event was organized by a group of Foundation in Engineering students, led by Fadhleen Sabri, as part of their Study Skills module here. This run for charity spanned 3.5 km and 24 checkpoints around the UNMC campus, beginning and ending by the amphitheater in the Trent Building. Each participant was asked to pay either RM 25, the early bird fee, or RM 30 for a t-shirt and morning refreshments.
The event commenced at 6 a.m. with the registration of the participants. The run itself kicked off, slightly delayed, at 7.15 with the warm up session. A few students helped the organizing crew by volunteering to be the superintendents for the session. Then, the flag-off event took place, with the male participants starting first, followed by the female contestants. All the runners went all out to complete the run and try their best to win a medal by emerging as the top five runners for their respective categories, which were split into male and female.
The run finished at 8.40 a.m. and the winners were awarded with a medal, presented by Miss Kasturi from the Faculty of Engineering. Every participant received a certificate of participation for completing the run. Khadijah, a fellow participant stated that she was amazed by the commitment of the organizers in pulling off the event. She added, “I felt happy to be able to contribute something for charity by this run. I always wanted to do some charity and never had the opportunity to do so and this event surely made me accomplish my goal”.
IGNITE also had a chance to speak to event organizer Fadhleen Sabri, who expressed how impressed she felt at what her team had been able to accomplish in the limited amount of time they were given, especially in the difficult tasks of searching for sponsors, printing t-shirts and banners, and assigning volunteers.
I am extremely proud of each and every single member of my team who helped me through leaps and bounds to make this happen.
She added that although a quarter of the participants who signed up and paid did not turn up, she remains thankful to everyone who turned up and made it a successful event. “We were also stunned at the number of runners who wanted to be involved – I think it shows how keen the students are to support a community project.”
By Dinesh Jayabalan