In conjunction with World Environment Day, Ipoh had its first ever environmental race called, ‘Race for a Better Planet’ recently. It was organised by Sunway Property and assisted by two non-governmental organisations (NGO) namely, EcoKnights and Malaysian Environmental NGO.
Over 200 participants joined in the family-orientated fun run which began at 7am. Each team had to complete the 5km event, moving from checkpoint to checkpoint inside and outside of the theme park, Lost World of Tambun.
There were a total of seven checkpoints, each consisting of environment-related puzzles and tasks which the participants had to perform and resolve collectively as a team.
The race was not the only activity on the cards as there was a performance by Ecodrum, morning zumba, demonstrations on composting, eco-enzyme, sugar scrub and seed balls, as well as face and body painting booths.
Krishnan Pachi Muthu and his family, who amassed 103 points out of a possible 110, won first place. His team received RM600 as prize money.
“When we were handling the registration counters, we had participants coming up to us saying they seldom had opportunities like this in Ipoh, as these are usually done in Kuala Lumpur,” said founder cum president of EcoKnights, Yasmin Rasyid.
“It’s not easy to teach people the importance of preserving the environment, as the real change comes from within us. We can’t gauge the impact we’ve made since the time-frame is too short. Hopefully, more events like this should be held to continuously educate the people,” she added.