6 WOMEN TO CON­QUER HEIGHTS

Ex­pe­di­tion mem­bers to scale high­est peak in Europe on Aug 31

New Straits Times - - News - LAILI IS­MAIL AND C. PREMANANTHINI KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

IN the spirit of the 60th Merdeka cel­e­bra­tion, six women, in­clud­ing cancer sur­vivor Rene’e Aziz Ah­mad, are set to con­quer the high­est peak in Europe on Aug 31.

Dubbed “Kem­bara Srikandi Pri­hatin”, the ex­pe­di­tion will see an at­tempt by the six women to scale the 5,642m high Mount El­brus in Rus­sia, from Aug 23 to Sept 5.

Join­ing Rene’e, 56, are Pu­teri Umno mem­bers Nu­rul Huda Sam­sud­din, 31, and Nir Azmin Ad­nan, 34, as well as Ummu Farah Haidar Zulk­i­fli, 30, Fazi­lah Abd Manan, 41, and Har­ian Metro jour­nal­ist Fairul As­maini Mohd Pilus, 35.

The group plans to start the climb on Aug 25, and will make a sum­mit at­tempt on Aug 31.

Or­gan­ised by Na­tional Ad­ven­ture As­so­ci­a­tion (NAA), the ex­pe­di­tion is sup­ported by Pu­teri Umno with Har­ian Metro as the of­fi­cial me­dia.

The pro­gramme is held in con­junc­tion with the Ne­garaku cam­paign, which is aimed at cul­ti­vat­ing pa­tri­o­tism, love and loy­alty among Malaysians.

Ear­lier, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak handed over the Jalur Gemi­lang to project di­rec­tor Ummu Farah.

Present were Pu­teri Umno chief Datuk Mas Er­miey­ati and NAA pres­i­dent Tan Sri Khalid Yunus.

Mas Er­miey­ati said the ex­pe­di­tion, which gath­ered women of dif­fer­ent back­ground, was aimed at empowering women and pro­mot­ing an ac­tive life­style.

“The pro­gramme also shows

that life crises will not stop women from contributing to the na­tion with the right sup­port sys­tem.

“Th­ese climbers, es­pe­cially Rene’e, who has sur­vived breast cancer, prove that you can over­come any ob­sta­cles that will test your agility, men­tal and phys­i­cal strength, as well as team spirit,” she added.

IS­MAIL. PIC BY FARIZ ISWADI

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak with the Kem­bara Srikandi Pri­hatin mem­bers in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day. Also present is Pu­teri Umno chief Datuk Mas Er­miey­ati (stand­ing, fourth from left).

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