Wesley Methodist School Ipoh marked an important day on Saturday, March 28 as it hosted its first jogathon, at the City Council’s sports complex near Stadium Perak. The event was also a prelude to a fundraising extravaganza. Funds were needed to upgrade the school’s infrastructure, especially the science laboratory in order to meet existing standards and the general structure of primary school.
Besides that, fund raised during the jogathon will go to helping the Orang Asli community affected by the recent floods.
Students from Year 1 till Form 5 sought sponsors and ran in the Jogathon and successfully raised RM 130, 000, in all. Apart from raising funds, the event was able to provide an opportunity for families to be together. Their happy faces attested to the fact that the school had achieved the objective of bringing families together, thus strengthening the bond.
The day began as early as 6 am with registration and the run began at about 7.30 am. The event was divided into various categories, ranging from children to veterans. The highlight was the Family Fun Run where family members running in a team took off to complete a 2. 5 km race.
“The jogathon was a great experience for me. I got 3rd placing and felt great. I also had a great time bonding with my friends,” said Chen Hoe Wei, 17.
“Overall it’s an event not to be missed. I see the need for regular exercise to keep in shape,” said Lee Zhen Fung, 17.
Those who completed the race early joined in the fun telematches organised by teachers and students at the nearby rugby field.
The participants later gathered around for the prize-giving ceremony where winners received medals, certificates and gifts. A lucky draw was also held with many attractive prizes given away to the lucky ones.