On 15 April 2017, over 500 runners took part in PEACE Run at Cyberjaya to support the noble cause of raising funds for the Post-Earthquake Aid & Care (PEACE) Nepal 2017.
This humanitarian mission aims to help communities who are still affected by the 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. The project will provide aid such as medical check-up, health talks and distribution of donated provisions and other items in July. Meanwhile, the long-term goals involve building water pumps and installing solar panels for the affected communities.
There were 3 categories for participants of PEACE Run 2017: 3KM fun run, 5KM fun run and 10KM competitive run. The event was flagged off at 7:30 a.m. at the starting point at DPulze Shopping Centre, Cyberjaya.
In addition to the classic run, PEACE Run also offers virtual run. In the virtual run, participants who can’t be present physically at the event may choose to run at their preferred locations during the same time as the actual run. There were 10 registered runners for the virtual run.
Associate Professor Mohamad Saidy Ismail, the project advisor for PEACE Nepal 2017, said,
We are proud to host PEACE Run this year and we have received tremendous support from all participants as we hope to raise enough funds to support this mission. We thank all runners for making this such a memorable event for all us.
Billy Boey Chee Hoong and Danniella Nant won the first-place medal for the competitive 10KM male and female run with the completion time of less than an hour. Billy Boey Chee Hoong said,
PEACE Run is a student-based activity and it has a significant value to our society, I feel this is important to show our support and donate some amount for the earthquake victims at the same time.
The fund-raising run is part of the annual charity program that sees 40 to 50 students of Cyberjaya University College volunteering to various parts of Southeast Asia to provide free medical screening, health consultations and other forms of community support for the underprivileged.
Over the past 3 years, volunteer teams had gone to Aceh, Laos and Vietnam.