ALEX YOONG AND NING BAIZURA JOINS FORCE WITH Y.M. TENGKU DATO’ HISHAMMUDDIN TO LEAD THE OCEAN HERO CONSERVATION RUN TO ACCELERATE THE GROWTH OF ECO-TOURISM FOR MALAYSIA

Published by Idan Ma'at @ 05/03/2019

BLOSSOMLY GLOBAL has successfully organized the OCEAN HERO CONSERVATION RUN which was held at Sunsuria City Celebration Centre, Sepang on 2nd March 2019. The 5KM charity fun-run themed ‘Plastic-Free Ocean’, aims to spread awareness and educate Malaysians about the serious issues of plastic pollution and its effects towards the ocean and marine life while protecting the sustainable Eco-system and Eco-Tourism. This noble effort is in conjunction with conservation partners such as Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia, MareCet, Tak Nak Straw and Sampah Menyampah and this movement is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 14 Life Below Water and endorsed by the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) and Ministry of Education (MOE).

Alex Yoong, Peter Davis and Ning Baizura during Ocean Hero Conservation Run 2019

“As responsible citizens, we as Malaysians strongly believes in sustainable practices. While it is important to continue developing our cities and economy, we must remember that we cannot do this at the expense of our environment or the well-being of our future generations. Exercising and adopting environment friendly techniques has been one of the continuous efforts and heartbeat of our nation. Therefore, as a quest to continue this principle, we hope that Malaysians will see the importance of protecting the marine life in order to ensure a healthy eco-system to the environment” said Dr Nagulendran Kangayatkarasu, Deputy Secretary General - Planning & Commercialization, Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) during his opening remarks.

Ocean Hero Conservation Run 2019 co-founder, Shirene Moong (in the middle) with some of the partners

The activities organized also aims to educate the participants especially corporate organizations, colleges and universities, specifically about conservation and encourages them to cultivate a passion towards the conservation mission. To date, there were more than 500 students that have been educated through this campaign and the numbers are increasing with endorsement and support from the Ministry of Education (MOE). “The students have cultivated a responsible sustainable lifestyle such as stop using straws, reducing the usage of single-use plastics and litter management which they hope to influence and encourage others to follow,” said Tan Sri Ter Leong Yap, Chairman of Sunsuria Berhad. On the day of the event, the Ocean Hero Conservation Run also organized mini games, kids’ activities, and arts & crafts sessions for participants to learn about the importance of conserving SDG 14 Life Below Water. The participants were also entertained with a live performance by Karmun Ooi, a KL-based Malaysian RnB singer-songwriter.

Y.M Tengku Hishamuddin, Mr Stefan Priesner and Dr Nagulendran officiated the Ocean Hero Conservation Run 2019

Through this charity Conservation Run, for each participation, Blossomly Global pledged to donate RM5 to selected beneficiaries such as Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCSM), MareCet, Tak Nak Straw and Sampah Menyampah. Approximately some amount of donations had been given to the charity and token of appreciations were given to the VIPs, Ocean Hero Ambassadors, Ocean Hero Advocates & Partners and Media Representatives.

Ocean Hero Conservation Run 2019