The inaugural Nottingham Charity Run organised by students at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) in aid of Hospis Malaysia raised RM18,000 and attracted 805 participants.
“It was such a fascinating experience to run in Broga at dawn especially for a good cause. My team members were instrumental in garnering the interest of staff and students from UNMC as well as others from universities in the Klang Valley to participate” says Hor Ri Na, Chairperson of Organising Committee and a chemical engineering student at UNMC.
Sammy Kiprono won the first prize for the 10km recording a time of 35 minutes. Other winners were Chan Pick Fun for the 10km women’s category and Sze Yung Hui for the 5 km family run.
The run comprised 2 categories, a 10km run for men and women alongside a 5km family run. It was flagged off by Hor Ri Na and her committee members at the UNMC campus in Semenyih and participants ran a route along Jalan Broga.
“Participants were in high spirits at the start of the race and energetic too but returned home exhausted yet contented,” Ri Na said.
During the prize giving ceremony, Professor Christine Ennew, Pro Vice Chancellor and CEO/Provost of UNMC said, “At Nottingham we encourage student to participate in sporting activities and organising a large scale event such as this gives them valuable experience that is highly relevant to the world of work”.
“Their efforts are truly commendable. In organising this event, our students have demonstrated their ability to achieve excellence both inside and outside of the classroom, making them well rounded individuals,” said Professor Ennew.
The event raised funds through a participation fees as well as through sponsorship by Paper Mate, Handi-Art Furniture, BP Healthcare Center, Lysaght Marketing Sdn Bhd, FnB Facilities, Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad and Red Bull.
This event was organised under UNMC’s ACE Society, a student body which organises a range of corporate social responsibility programmes. In December last year, the society organised a cancer awareness week which raised funds for MAKNA with 40 staff and students shaving their heads for cancer awareness. In March last year, RM20,000 was raised to contribute 10,000 meals for the homeless and poor people in collaboration with Kechara Soup Kitchen.