KUCHING – Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Malaysia Program, together with co-organisers Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, is inviting members of the public and organisations to take part in the third annual Run for the Wild. The conservation event will take place on December 17 this year.
Similar to previous installments, Run for the Wild 2017 shines the spotlight on the plight of orang-utans and sharks, and aims to raise awareness on the importance of conserving these iconic species. All proceeds from the Run will be channeled towards WCS Malaysia’s efforts in conserving orang-utans and sharks.
True to their promise of going green, organisers are opting for cotton T-shirts as microfibres are made of plastic. Every wash of a microfiber t-shirt releases millions of microfibres into the water, all of which are too small to be filtered by water treatment plants, thus ending up in waterways and oceans where they wreak havoc on marine life.
At the same time, runners are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to reduce waste production, as the Run for the Wild continues its tradition of being an eco-friendly event. Water dispensers will be provided at different locations along the routes.
This year’s Run offers runners a choice of three categories: 10KM, 5KM and the 1.5 KM walk. Registration fees are set at RM 50 for both the 10 and 5KM runs, and RM 35 for the 1.5 KM walk. All school and university students, with valid proof, will receive a 30% discount on registration fees while members of the public registering in groups of 10 and above will enjoy a 10% discount on the group’s registration fees.
‘The run last year spread to 26 countries, and thus showed how much interest there was, by runners who wanted to contribute to conservation in Sarawak,” said Dr Melvin Gumal, Director of WCS Malaysia. “It was heart-warming that runners from as far as Peru, Scotland, Russia and New Zealand ran for Sarawak’s orang-utans and sharks. Let us hope for continued support this year.”
Dr Gumal added that virtual runners can participate in the event for free.
For more details on Run for the Wild 2017 and to register for the event, visit http://www.runforthewildmalaysia.com/.
Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program is headquartered in Kuching, Sarawak, with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Kahang, Johor and Kuala Rompin in Peninsular Malaysia. Currently, WCS Malaysia works to conserve four priority species – orang-utans, sharks and rays, elephants and tigers. Go to https://programs.wcs.org/malaysia/ for more information on WCS Malaysia and visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WCS.Malaysia/ for updates.