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The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE -

KOTA KIN­A­BALU: Hav­ing no arms has not stopped Zhar­iff Afandi, from chal­leng­ing him­self at ar­du­ous phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

This time, he is run­ning the TMBT Ul­tra-TrailR Marathon 2017 to raise aware­ness for UNICEF's cam­paign for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties #THISABILITY.

Zhar­iff Afandi said, “I am run­ning proof that dis­abil­ity does not mean in­abil­ity. Chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties are too of­ten left out from so­ci­ety, forced to live hid­den, sep­a­rate lives. This is go­ing to be one of the tough­est, most ex­hil­a­rat­ing chal­lenges of my life.”

Mar­i­anne Clark-Hat­tingh, UNICEF rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Malaysia said, “Cre­at­ing an in­clu­sive so­ci­ety for all means mak­ing sure no child is left be­hind. Chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties are still left out from ed­u­ca­tion, and re­ceiv­ing the health­care and fi­nan­cial sup­port they need. I want to thank Zhar­iff for bring­ing at­ten­tion to this cause and for so ably demon­strat­ing that dis­abil­ity is not in­abil­ity.”

UNICEF's #THISABILITY cam­paign aims to en­cour­age pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes and so­cial ac­cep­tance of chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties. The #THISABILITY cam­paign seeks to raise aware­ness on the is­sues faced by chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties which become a bar­rier to achiev­ing a more in­clu­sive so­ci­ety for all.

UNICEF pro­motes the rights and well­be­ing of ev­ery child, in ev­ery­thing we do. To­gether with our part­ners, we work in 190 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries to trans­late that com­mit­ment into prac­ti­cal ac­tion, fo­cus­ing spe­cial ef­fort on reach­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble and ex­cluded chil­dren, to the ben­e­fit of all chil­dren, ev­ery­where.

For more in­for­ma­tion about UNICEF and its work visit: www. unicef.my

For more in­for­ma­tion on Com­press­port TMBT Ul­tra-TrailR Marathon 2017 visit: http://www. bor­neoul­tra.com/tmbt1/

For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact: Rachel Choong, UNICEF Malaysia, +6012 416 2872, rchoong@ unicef.org Hana S. Harun, +6012 906 9568.

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