Colour Rush 6 participants throw coloured powder into the air to mark the start of the run.
(From right) Lorna, Hee and Yii jointly flag off the event yesterday.
MIRI: Over 2,600 running enthusiasts converged on Coco Cabana here yesterday to raise awareness on childhood cancer through the Colour Rush 6 charity fun run.
The participants, who appeared energetic and jovial the moment they arrived at the event ground, came from all walks of life and different parts of the state.
Organised by Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) with the support of Lea Sports Centre and ouryouth.my, the 6km run is part of SCCS’ annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Month campaign in September, which aims to highlight the impact of cancer on young people and their family.
“This run’s main aim is to encourage the younger generation to demonstrate more understanding and empathy towards children with cancer.
“The Colour Rush’s signature colour powder is not just a fun addition to the event, but it also represents support for the children who bring colour and joy to our lives,” said SCCS president Jocelyn Hee, adding that some cancer fighters and their families also participated in the event in support of the cause and other families battling childhood cancer.
According to Hee, approximately 300,000 children and adolescents worldwide below the age of 19 are diagnosed with cancer each year.
About 80,000 of them do not survive.
In Sarawak, approximately 70 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, she added, with SCCS assisting in 78 new cases of childhood cancer at Sarawak General Hospital last year.
The event saw student Bernard Tay Kar Leong coming out top in the male category.
The 17-year-old from SMK Merbau, whose grandfather is suffering from heart cancer, said he felt proud to have emerged champion and looked forward to helping those suffering from cancer.
Meanwhile, Hee said the annual run, which started in Kuching last week, will continue in Sibu at Sibu Town Square on Sept 30.
Yesterday’s event was flagged off by former deputy chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan’s wife Datuk Lorna Enan Muloon.
Among those present was Lea Sports Centre Miri branch manager David Yii.
(Front from right) Hee and Lorna in a photo call with the winners of the female category after the prize presentation.
(Front, from right) Lorna and Hee pose with the winners of the male category of Colour Rush 6 following the prize presentation ceremony.