Register to Run and Bleed for the Wild

Several majestic creatures such as the shark are threatened with extinction. Photo credit Daniel Kong.

Several majestic creatures such as the shark are threatened with extinction. Photo credit Daniel Kong.

KUCHING: Members of the public are invited to take part in the upcoming Run & Bleed for the Wild 2016 running event for orang-utan and shark conservation on December 10.

The organisers – Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-Malaysia Program, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak campus and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) – hope to attract at least 500 participants to surpass the inaugural Run & Bleed for the Wild 2015.

“Run and Bleed for the Wild is a great opportunity to once again show our concern for protecting Sarawak’s natural heritage. The previous Ride for the Wild was a success and hopefully this event will attract even more people to demonstrate their concern and interest in conservation,” said Robert Basiuk, managing director of Borneo Adventure.

In recognition of the success of our Paralympians, the organisers have invited special needs individuals to participate in this run.

For Ernest Ting Hin Kiong, a representative from the Sarawak Society for the Deaf who has pledged to run in the event: “Conservation is not exclusive to the able bodied but is open to everyone.”

Registration fees for special needs individuals are being waived with verification from recognised special needs organisations.

The Bornean Orang-utan or Pongo Pygmaeus is endemic to Borneo. Photo credit Daniel Kong.

The Bornean Orang-utan or Pongo Pygmaeus is endemic to Borneo. Photo credit Daniel Kong.

An added twist to this run is that virtual runners will also be participating with a group of runners already pledging to run a 5km or 10km route in their own towns and cities.

“The virtual runners who have completed their registration will take a track log of their run and submit it to us to receive an event t-shirt,” explained Dr Melvin Gumal, director of the WCS-Malaysia Program.

“We hope that more virtual runners from other parts of the country and indeed, from other countries, will join us in spreading awareness of the conservation cause.”

This year’s event which boasts three categories – the 2km fun walk, 5km run and 10km run – promises a good blend of excitement and challenge for people of different ages and walks of life.

Children are welcome to participate in the 2km Fun Walk if accompanied by an adult, while it is hoped that many school children who have just finished their school and public examinations will enjoy the opportunity to release their exam anxiety by taking part in either the 5km or 10km runs.

Taking a page from previous events, the Run & Bleed for the Wild 2016 will be a green event with participants encouraged to bring their own water bottles that can be filled and re-filled at water stations located at strategic locations.

After the run, participants will be treated to an enlightening presentation on wildlife conservation by WCS Asian regional advisor Dr Madhu Rao and then have the opportunity to witness the launching of the Swinburne Green Wall, a living wall of plants, for which they can contribute a plant to help it grow and flourish.

WCS staff Douglas Tan posing with Ting, a representative of Sarawak Society for the Deaf, who will be running on the day of the event with a few of his friends.

WCS staff Douglas Tan posing with Ting, a representative of Sarawak Society for the Deaf, who will be running on the day of the event with a few of his friends.

The living green wall is a sustainable project by the Swinburne Biotechnology and Green Clubs that is aimed to promote healthier living environment on the campus.

Participants who are well-recovered from their walk or run and who are fit enough may then donate blood at the JCI Swinburne Youth Chapter organised Blood Donation Drive. As the event coincides with Swinburne University’s Open Day, participants will have a unique chance to wrap up their visit by exploring the campus and the university’s modern facilities.

Run packs, including a cotton t-shirt, will be given to participants of the event.

Interested individuals may register to participate at either https://www.facebook.com/WCS.Malaysia/ or http://www.runforthewildmalaysia.com by November 14.

Individuals interested in becoming virtual runners should email their interest to Abdul Najib Azhfar Aini at aaini@wcs.org or leave a message on our WCS-Malaysia Program Facebook page.

This event is being organised to raise awareness and gain the support of the public for conservation efforts in Sarawak. Estimates on the remaining number of orang-utans are as low as 2,000 while sharks have been driven to equally dangerously low numbers.

 

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