Run­ning with duri­ans

It sounds dan­ger­ous! But this was no silly stunt – it was all for a good cause.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Living - By KOK XING HUI By MAJORIE CHIEW star2@thes­

FROM egg car­tons to Sty­ro­foam boxes, bas­kets, and plain old gloves, the res­i­dents of a Sin­ga­pore city sub­urb came up with creative ways to hold a durian while they ran.

About 500 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the 5km durian run ear­lier this month. They paid S$15 (RM47) to take part in the run, af­ter which they got to eat the duri­ans they car­ried, as well as co­conuts.

Pro­ceeds from the run were do­nated to the Ang Mo Kio-Hougang CCC Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment and Wel­fare Fund.

In neigh­bour­ing sub­urb Sengkang, res­i­dents got the chance to have their fill of the fruit. Through­out the day, about 4,000 peo­ple thronged Sengkang Com­mu­nity Club to feast on about 10,000kg of duri­ans.

Take a peek at the thorny – yet so de­li­cious (to the fruit’s fans) – fun in these photos. – The Straits Times/ Asia News Network MADONNA seems to have blazed a trail to Malawi. She had fa­mously adopted two chil­dren from the East African na­tion pre­vi­ously – David in 2006, and Mercy in 2009 – and ear­lier this year an­nounced the suc­cess­ful adop­tion of another two, four-year-old twins Es­ther and Stella.

Since the singer’s foray into the coun­try, many oth­ers have stepped up to help less for­tu­nate chil­dren in Malawi and other na­tions on the African con­ti­nent. While not many can af­ford to adopt, peo­ple are of­fer­ing sup­port through char­i­ties and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing in Africa.

In Malaysia, there are about 1,000 “spon­sor par­ents” who pro­vide fi­nan­cial aid through the Malaysian branch of the In­ter­na­tional Amitofo Care Char­ity As­so­ci­a­tion (ACC).

Some of these gen­er­ous souls got to meet “their” chil­dren re­cently when 21 or­phans – 14 boys and seven girls, aged nine to 19 – ar­rived in Malaysia for a cul­tural pro­gramme.

(Above) Off to a great start with duri­ans in hand and big smiles on faces. (Clock­wise from top, right) The thorny fruits were car­ried on the run, us­ing ev­ery­thing from bas­kets and buck­ets, and gloves and bare hands, to string an just drag­ging a tied-up fruit along the ground! — Photos: Reuters

Crates and crates of duri­ans wait­ing to be dis­trib­uted to par­tic­i­pants of the Durian Run – none was wasted, as ev­ery­one joined in to eat the fruit at the end.

This one’s mine! Par­tic­i­pants tak­ing photos of their duri­ans be­fore the run.

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