The Malaysian Retail Chain Association (MRCA) has succeeded in raising over RM100,000 for welfare homes through its MRCA Charity and Carnival Run 2017. The annual run, held at One City Subang Jaya yesterday, was flagged off by Guest of Honour Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr. M Kayveas, Special Advisor to the Minister of Transport.
The event, themed “Care, Share & Run,” managed to attract over 3,000 runners this year. There were also 500 children from orphanages who were invited to join in for the fun and games at the event’s specially-curated kids’ carnival.
Malaysian well-known celebrities such as Amber Chia, Carrie Lee, Debbie Loo, Amelia Lee, Janice Choong, Crystal Lee and Owen Yap also attended the event; taking centre stage as run ambassadors.
“We are overjoyed that the committee has managed to organise yet another successful charity run. Through this event, MRCA has garnered over RM100,000 – exceeding our targeted goal,” expressed Dato’ Choi Wei Yee, the Organising Chairlady.
She added, “This fourth edition charity event proves MRCA’s continuous vision to give back to the society. We believe that through this, we have brought a smile to the faces of these beautiful children as well as senior citizens – this would have been an impossible feat without the support of our fellow Malaysian retailers as well as the public.”
MRCA will be donating all proceeds to Rumah Charis, Angel Homes, Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Mata Air Kehidupan Selangor, GoodKids, Juara Home, Ace Lighthouse Academy Bhd, Kiwanis Club of Kluang Mandarin, Home of Love, Rumah Sayangan, Persatuan Insan Istimewa Cheras, Good Samaritan Homes, and many more.
Speaking at the event, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr. M Kayveas reiterated, “I am extremely thankful to be here today as the guest of honour of MRCA’s charity event. This is a great CSR initiative by MRCA and I’m proud to see the Malaysian society coming together to make this event a success in the hopes of benefiting these charity homes.”
President of MRCA Dato’ Garry Chua, echoed, “We are happy to see such strong support for our annual charity event. We hope that the support of MRCA, along with the nation’s major retailers, will inspire commitment from other corporate bodies to our cause of bringing hope, strength and joy to these underprivileged Malaysians for the betterment of their lives.”
The association awarded a total of 34 trophies for the Men’s Open (10.8km), Men’s Veteran (10.8km), Women’s Open (10.8km), and Women’s Veteran (10.8km) categories. There were also non-competitional Men’s 5.3km and Women’s 5.3km categories.
Meanwhile, the Team Run category involved four members per team where each runner was required to complete a 900 meter relay run.
MRCA Charity and Carnival Run 2017 is proudly co-organised by MRCA and McMillan Woods, with the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) as supporting sponsor; MRCA Corporate Patrons – Maxis, Maybank, Fusionex, and Mastercard; and Lotto as the official T-shirt sponsor.