Run­ning for a no­ble cause

The Borneo Post - - HOME - Septem­ber 17, 2017 By Chang Yi

YOU need not be a reg­u­lar jog­ger to join Run for Love 2017.

Tak­ing part with a sin­cere heart to help raise funds for restora­tive care to the ail­ing will suf­fice.

This mes­sage has got­ten across loud and clear to Miri­ans.

Since regis­tra­tion for the 10km event in aid of the Pal­lia­tive Care As­so­ci­a­tion Miri (PCAM) be­gan in June, sup­port from peo­ple from all walks of life in the divi­sion has been pour­ing in.

“I was touched by the pho­tos the Pal­lia­tive Care As­so­ci­a­tion Miri, up­loaded on Face­book,” said Jo­lene Pang, a faith­ful sup­porter of PCAM char­ity drives.

“With­out fur­ther thought, I do­nated to its Run for Love event,” she added as she came to PCAM Cen­tre at Pi­asau Gar­den early one morn­ing to pass a per­sonal cheque to the staff.

Many run­ners as well as non­run­ners, well-wish­ers, big and small towkays, first timers or long-time sup­port­ers have ral­lied to help PCAM, a small but spe­cial non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion in Miri.

This year, the as­so­ci­a­tion is or­gan­is­ing its third Run for Love event on Oct 1.

Since 2005, PCAM has been hold­ing half marathons for run­ners and sup­port­ers. Last year, a huge group of 1,500 run­ners turned up and this year, a sim­i­lar num­ber is ex­pected.

Ce­cilia Sia and Liew Shiao Ling teach Line Danc­ing at the Sun­flower Cen­tre in Miri on Wed­nes­days and Fri­days. The two have been help­ing PCAM in the last few years by not only rais­ing funds on the side but also tak­ing part in the run it­self.

They have never hes­i­tated to do­nate. In fact, their dona­tions have been in­creas­ing over the years.

Sia and Liew have been spon­sor­ing 15 chil­dren from the Methodist Chil­dren’s Home Miri for the run. They will be do­ing the same this year – apart from giv­ing a big do­na­tion.

Sia told the­sun­day­post, “Run­ning for love is a kind of pur­pose in my life. The Run for Love event should cre­ate more aware­ness of pro­vid­ing health­care and more peo­ple should join to raise funds for such a no­ble cause.”

This year Sia’s daugh­ter, Belinda, is also mak­ing a do­na­tion.

“I’m not a run­ning per­son but char­ity runs ap­peal to me, so I am join­ing. I will be do­ing a bit of char­ity and ex­er­cise. That’s good. We must try our best to help oth­ers.”

An­other avid sup­porter is for­mer bank man­ager Zain­ud­din Ibrahim, who now man­ages an oil and gas engi­neer­ing com­pany.

The well-dressed ex­ec­u­tive, who is also a popular em­cee for Miri events, is al­ways there for the run.

“Join­ing the Pal­lia­tive Run is a sim­ple way of help­ing peo­ple in need. Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love.

“There will be much joy and fun dur­ing the Run for Love. Be­sides, as our heart beats while we are run­ning, we are filled with this great con­cern for char­ity and, in a way, we feel grate­ful for be­ing able to con­trib­ute,” he said.

Zain­ud­din said PCAM ap­pealed to him be­cause the or­gan­i­sa­tion is run by very kind-hearted peo­ple, adding, “Be­ing hu­man, we are not per­fect but we can im­prove our­selves by giv­ing with sin­cer­ity. Salam se­hati se­jiwa.” Deeply touched When­ever dona­tions and spon­sor­ships come in for the as­so­ci­a­tion, the day­care pa­tients, staff, and vol­un­teers are deeply touched by the gen­eros­ity, friend­li­ness and care of the bene­fac­tors, many of whom are first timers.

Some do­nate for the run or spon­sor other run­ners while some reg­is­ter to take part.

Vic­tor Hii is a well-known cross-coun­try run­ner from Miri who has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in marathons all over the coun­try.

He is hear­ing-dis­abled but he and his wife form a for­mi­da­ble run­ning team and will run to raise aware­ness and funds for PCAM.

Hii, a mem­ber of Grace Methodist Church, has been in­spir­ing peo­ple to run with him for char­ity.

A good friend of his com­mented, “Vic­tor is a good man who loves run­ning. We learn sign lan­guage from him and it’s a bless­ing to be as­so­ci­ated with him. His en­thu­si­asm is catch­ing. We need peo­ple like him in Miri!”

Rose Lim has set up week­end regis­tra­tion booths for the run with her friend Ho Chui Ting at Im­pe­rial Mall. She is up­beat about get­ting peo­ple to reg­is­ter.

“We need ev­ery­one to con­trib­ute as we are not just look­ing for big donors. Ev­ery ring­git and sen counts. Some peo­ple drop RM10 into our do­na­tion box from time to time. And that goes a long, long way,” she said.

She also said they set up the booths to get more peo­ple to reg­is­ter, adding that some peo­ple may pass by and ask what is the mean­ing of ‘pal­lia­tive’ and they would ex­plain.

“After lis­ten­ing to us, they may not im­me­di­ately do­nate but an aware­ness has been raised. Some­where along the line, they may re­alise they need help and call us up.

“We have a few peo­ple who ‘dis­cover’ us and come to the cen­tre for help. And we tell them that’s what we are there for. We help those need­ing spe­cial nurs­ing, oxy­gen con­cen­tra­tors, rip­pled mat­tresses and hos­pi­tal beds. We also lend out wheel­chairs, com­modes and walk­ing frames,” she ex­plained. Sup­port­ive me­dia Vol­un­teer Veron­ica Wong was at the cen­tre when re­porters came to take pho­tos.

“The me­dia have been very sup­port­ive by pub­lish­ing pho­tos from time to time be­fore Oc­to­ber to cre­ate more aware­ness about our char­ity run. Hope­fully, in this way, more run­ners will sign up,” she said.

“We don’t use an event man­age­ment com­pany. And though we are very few in num­ber, we try to pro­mote the run by call­ing up friends, vis­it­ing as­so­ci­a­tions to de­liver let­ters, knock­ing on the doors of small and big busi­nesses, and set­ting up booths all over Miri when given the op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

She noted that Miri­ans had re­sponded by re­turn­ing to take part in the event year after year and “may God bless them”.

Two other vol­un­teers are the Sim sis­ters and this year, their cousin, Eva Sim Tze Hua, will again run with her fam­ily.

“We are bond­ing as a fam­ily and do­nat­ing at the same time,” Sim said.

Three-time or­gan­is­ing chair­per­son JS Wong dis­closed VIPs like Datuk Lee Kim Shin and Datuk Se­bas­tian Ting and Miri Mayor Adam Yii will be among the run­ners along with some kap­i­tans and penghu­lus.

“All the run­ners are im­por­tant to us as they all help raise funds for our as­so­ci­a­tion. I’m very thank­ful to all who sup­port us,” he said. More should join A run­ner, who wished to re­main anony­mous, would like to see more peo­ple join­ing events like the Run for Love. A mem­ber of his fam­ily was a lung can­cer vic­tim and he said run­ning for char­ity has al­lowed him to do some­thing to help those in need.

He said he was sure his “loved one was smil­ing in heaven” when he ran last year.

He will run again this year and has been train­ing for the event with his chil­dren and neph­ews, say­ing, “I want make sure they grow up with a big heart for char­ity and good causes.”

Mean­while, Datuk Ling Suk Kiong of Dayang En­ter­prise, Miri, made a spe­cial com­mit­ment when PCAM mem­bers paid him a visit re­cently.

He told the­sun­day­post although he could not take part in the run, he promised to spon­sor a por­ta­ble, easy-to-use oxy­gen con­cen­tra­tor.

He re­mem­bers how his mother needed oxy­gen in her last days and the hos­pi­tal loaned him an oxy­gen con­cen­tra­tor of a rather large and in­con­ve­nient size.

He is happy that with tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments, oxy­gen con­cen­tra­tors can now be just plugged into a power point and are light enough to be car­ried by a nurse.

“PCAM is do­ing a good job,” he said, wish­ing Run for Love 3 all the best.

Run­ning for char­ity is up­lift­ing phys­i­cally and spir­i­tu­ally. One gets some­thing back in re­turn – a fit­ter, health­ier and more car­ing per­son­al­ity.

Miri is be­com­ing a health­ier city as more and more peo­ple are seen jog­ging in the morn­ing, evening and even at night.

The Pal­lia­tive Care As­so­ci­a­tion of Miri hopes to meet their tar­geted num­ber of run­ners this year, at the same time, raise enough funds to carry out its health­care pro­grammes.

By par­tic­i­pat­ing in this spe­cial char­ity event, the run­ners can pro­vide con­sid­er­able care to pa­tients need­ing pal­lia­tive care.

In­deed, run­ning for char­ity is be­com­ing a key con­tri­bu­tion Miri­ans are mak­ing to­wards the well-be­ing of their Re­sort

City.

Join­ing the Pal­lia­tive Run is a sim­ple way of help­ing peo­ple in need. Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love.

Line dancers help raise funds for PCAM ev­ery year.

Vic­tor Hii will take part in the run with his wife.

PCAM now has 100 pa­tients and this oxy­gen con­cen­tra­tor will come in very handy.

Datuk James Ling Suk Kiong (se­cond right) presents a do­na­tion to PCAM mem­bers.

Ce­cilia Sia will lead a group of line dancers for Run fo r Love 3.

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