Friday, July 14, 2006

Running a 100-km Charity Run

Running 100 km? Wow! It must be an extraordinary feat. Yes, this Saturday 15 July at 6pm, Mr. MY Ngae, a marathon runner from Pacesetters Club, will take on the challenge – for a good cause. He is participating in a 100 km Charity Run in aid of kidney failure patient, Ms. Chew Lee Tee.

Together with him are Bruce Wan and Dr. Tan (the Hawaii Ironman) who are doing the walk/run category. Encik Adnan, another Pacesetters Runner, has also signed up. Three other walkers that he met during Batu Caves/Maran Walk are joining him too.

If you would like to make a donation, Mr. Ngae can be contacted at 016-272 3933 or email: Do come and support the event. Yours truly, KC, will be there at 5pm taking photos. P3 (Tony) and P11 (Chee Wee) would be there too.

According to the organizer, there are 30 participants in this event. More than half are the temple devotees who will do a long, slow walk (target time for them is 24 hours). The ending point is at the Lukut Dialysis Center. Ngae hopes to reach there by 9am or 10am, Sunday with a target time of 15 hours.

When asked what motivates him to take part in this charity run, his reply: Firstly, I was asked to assist and it makes a small difference to Ms. Chew. Secondly, I can test my physical and mental state in a supported event, i.e. there is back-up team. This is the same reason I did the Batu Caves/Maran walk/run in April. Thirdly, I do not have to travel a long way to participate. Well, there is no special training for me. I just tried to be familiar with a pace of 9 min per km during the training.

Start Time and Running Route

Runners will have to report at Subang Jaya Buddhist Temple at 5pm on Saturday, 15 July for a blessing ceremony and then the event will be flagged off at 6pm. The runners will follow the LDP route until the turn off to Taman Puchong Utama and then join the old road to Dengkil en route to Salak Tinggi and Lukut. The cut off time is 24 hours – 6pm on Sunday 16 July.

The Organizer

The Triathlon Association of Negeri Sembilan is the same organization which organised the 60K run in Lukut/Port Dickson/Siliau back in 2003 that Mr. Ngae took part also. That run was to raise money to buy dialysis machines for a charity dialysis centre in Lukut. The runners managed to raise about RM80,000 in 2003 and the money was used to buy 2 dialysis machines.

One Pressing Question from KC

How would a runner run along the old road to Lukut at night? There will be no streetlights in the country road. Hopefully, five nights after full moon, the course is still visible illuminated by the faint moonlight. Even if that is not visible, they will be guided by the true light in their affectionate hearts.

How to go to SJ Buddhist Centre

Traveling at Federal Highway from Kuala Lumpur, take left exit to Subang Jaya. You would see Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) on your left.

At Persiaran Kewajipan, go straight for two kilometers (passing by a round-about) and you would see a BP (now BHP) Petrol station on your left. The SJ Buddhist Centre is just next to the petrol station.

However, if you see Summit Shopping Complex on your left, then you would have over-shot 500 meters.

About Ms. Chew Lee Tee

Chew Lee Tee, 34 of age, is a primary school English teacher in Johor Bahru. Her hometown is in Segamat and she completed her higher education in UPM Serdang.

Being an active person, she has taught at the Sunday School in Maha Vihara Buddhist Temple at Brickfields and was active in the counseling unit of BGF. She is presently a resident at the Compassion Buddhist Meditation Centre in Johor Bahru.

Ms. Chew is undergoing dialysis three times a week after being diagnosed with end stage kidney failure in 2004. She continues to be a bubbly person despite her present health condition.

She dreams of living a normal life again and has decided to go for a kidney transplant in China, which is estimated to cost RM120,000-00.

Her story and appeal for donation appeared in Nanyang Siang Pau and Sin Chew Jit Poh on 30 March 2006.

The Triathlon Association of Negri Sembilan has decided to help by organizing a 100 km charity run on 16th July 2006 from Subang Jaya Buddhist Centre to Port Dickson. Participants in the run are asked to raise fund from the public to assist Ms. Chew.

Information is provided by Mr. Ngae;
Compile by KC.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

KC, my prayers be answered, I was hoping someone else would take interest and come and take photos, so I have proof to show all who donated it is legit. I'll be at the start line at SJBA from 5pm this Saturday, and with any luck at the finish line about 3pm Sunday. Hope you can shout a few of my & Ms. Chew's pics. Steve