Scavengers pre­pare

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - NYO ME nyo.me@mm­times.com

YOU may know Run YGN as the hip-hop fash­ion house that brought the world flat­bill hats stud­ded with the out­line of Myan­mar in fake di­a­monds. But on Au­gust 7, a dif­fer­ent sort of Run Yangon will take the city by storm as scavenger hunters at­tempt to com­plete 50 mis­sions around the down­town grid. The ex­er­cise is or­gan­ised by the Pre-Col­le­giate Pro­gram (PCP), a 16-month course to help stu­dents who fin­ish their ma­tric­u­la­tion ex­am­i­na­tion to earn schol­ar­ships for uni­ver­si­ties abroad.

“The Run Yangon par­tic­i­pants have to com­plete 50 mis­sions as soon as pos­si­ble,” says or­gan­iser Hnin Ei Nan­dar, 18. “We in­cor­po­rated the mis­sions with the liv­ing restora­tion project – par­tic­i­pants have to go to colo­nial build­ings to com­plete the ob­jec­tives, such as tak­ing pho­tos, tak­ing note of the year a cer­tain build­ing was con­structed, etc.”

She said the point is to teach Yan­go­nites more about the city’s his­tory while at the same time pro­mot­ing the PCP. Ac­cord­ing to the post on Run Yangon’s Face­book page, the orig­i­nal plan was to have just a sin­gle, twohour event on Au­gust 7. After 1800 peo­ple ex­pressed in­ter­est in at­tend­ing, how­ever, the PCP de­cided to open a morn­ing shift as well.

In­ter­ested par­ties can choose be­tween the 9-11am slot or the 3-5pm slot. Don’t think you can find out all the an­swers by talk­ing to the morn­ing group – ob­jec­tives will vary from hunt to hunt.

You’ll need two friends to form the three-per­son team. Be ready to run, eat, dance and talk your way through Pabe­dan, Kyauk­tada and Latha town­ships to earn points – com­plete enough mis­sions and you may re­ceive a prize. The start­ing and end­ing point is Thein Gyi Zay Block C, third floor (be­side KMD and above Sin­ga­pore restau­rant) at the PCP of­fices.

Hnin Ei Nan­dar said each shift is lim­ited to 40 teams, and noted that there are still spots open for the morn­ing shift.

“We are wait­ing for more teams,” she said. “If a per­son wants to join but has no team, it’s okay. We can find a team for him or her.”

You must be 14 years or older to com­pete, and reg­is­tra­tion costs K2000 per per­son. The fees go to re­fresh­ment and prizes.

Don’t for­get to bring rain gear and your phone or cam­era to record the tasks. For more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion, you can check the Run Yangon Face­book page.

Photo: Nyo Me

Gra­ham Sch­nei­der, a teacher at the PCP, leaves the pro­gram’s of­fice at Thein Gyi Zay. The of­fice will be the kick-off point for the week­end’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

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