THE annual family fun run for gender equality known as ‘Run With Flying Colours’ is back and will be held virtually again this year from March 7 to 21.
It was first held virtually last year due to the Covid-19 situation.
Organised by JCI Pearl and supported by the Penang government in conjunction with the International Women’s Day, the run aims to champion gender equality which is seen as an essential element for economies and communities to thrive.
Organising chairman Goh Huey Ee said the theme for the virtual run this year is ‘Pass It On, Choose to Challenge’.
“Through this year’s run event, we would like to bring out the message that we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
“We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.
“Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world plus pass on more positive energy and double up thankfulness,” she told a press conference via Zoom today.
Also present were state executive councillor for Social Development and Non-Islamic Religious Affairs Chong Eng, JCI Pearl president Anicial Teh Kooi Luan and JCI Malaysia (national executive) vice-president Matt Ngai Chee Hau.
Goh said for this year’s format, there is no distance limit for the run which means the participants can run as far as they want during the competition period from the comfort of their own personal space while playing their part in supporting the cause of International Women’s Day.
“The first 112 participants to achieve the longest distance will be entitled for cash prizes of RM200 each.
“Registration for the virtual run has already started and the closing date is March 6. The run is open to everyone from all ages.
“Tickets for the run are priced at RM45 for individuals, RM150 for four persons, which include a face mask, microfiber face towel, medal (interchangeable to keychain), e-vouchers, e-bib and e-certificate for every runner.
“Those who are interested can register through
https://howei.com/event_details/runflyingcolourspassiton,” she added.
Teh said after the virtual run period ended, there would be a live official ceremony on March 28 at 9am via JCI Pearl’s Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/jcipearlmalaysia/
“All winners will be announced through the live session and all participants are also entitled to a lucky draw during the Facebook Live,” she said.
Meanwhile, Chong Eng said this is the fourth consecutive year that JCI Pearl is organising the run.
“It serves as a catalyst to unite women from all walks of life to spread positivity and encourage each other with the final outcome which is to inspire and bring impact to life.
“The Penang government also has been very supportive of this run since the beginning.
“We also have put in a lot of effort to develop and nurture women leaders where you can see the historic first-ever mock assembly sitting for women last year and the recent launch of Top-Up Women-Only Additional Seats (TWOAS), an initiative to increase women’s representation in the state legislative assembly.
“In supporting Penang2030 vision, the state government also has been championing equal rights for women and has adopted gender inclusiveness policy, making it the first state to adopt such policy in Malaysia,” said Chong Eng.
Story by Riadz Akmal
Pix courtesy of JCI Pearl