MALAYSIAN Red Crescent Society (MRCS) Penang branch’s membership drive over the years to attract adult volunteers has not been encouraging.  Chairman Saw Ewe Yong said the response had been poor.

“This is sad because the public does not realise the benefits of becoming a member or a volunteer.

“They will be able to learn something good for themselves.

“At the same time, they will also be able to help others,” he told a press conference on Monday in Penang to announce the society’s annual walkathon to be held on June 26.

Saw said the society hoped to see its membership grow to 120,000.

The 3km walkathon will be held at the Esplanade grounds beginning 8.30am.

It will be flagged off by state executive councillor Datuk Koay Kar Huah.

Donors who had given RM300 and above will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Saw said the event was to raise funds for the society’s annual activities costing more than RM400,000.

“Most of our activities are concentrated on training staff for public duties and maintenance of our ambu-lance and disaster teams and our vehicles,” he said.

He added some 500 participants, mainly youth members, would be taking part in the event.

“The public can also join in the walk by coming to the Esplanade before 8am on that day and donating RM10 to enable them to take part in a lucky draw,” he said.