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Heritage walk gets longer every year, thanks to fans

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Heritage Walk 2014

SOME 1,500 people woke up early to join the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Heritage Walk 2014. Participants from all walks of life gathered as early as 6.30am on Saturday in front of the Town Hall at the Esplanade.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow then flagged off the event at 8am. The 6.5km walk, an increase in distance from last year’s event, covered the George Town heritage enclave. Participants walked past heritage sites like the Penang Islamic Museum, Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh, Dr Sun Yat Sen Penang base, St George’s Church, the Goddess of Mercy Temple, Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Masjid Kapitan Keling.

MRC Penang Branch administrator Cindy Liao said they decided to increase the distance of the walk due to requests from the public and participants. “When we started, the route was only 4km, then 4.5km and later 5km. Still we got feedback that the distance was too short. This year, it’s 6.5km,” she said, adding that the entries also increased each year.

SMK Seri Balik Pulau science teacher Lai Sook Kim, 51, who brought along her septuagenarian parents, said the walk promoted a healthy lifestyle.

A mother, who wanted to be known only as Mary, 47, brought her daughters A. Monica Ann, 11, and A. Ann Maria, 15, for the walk. “My daughters enjoy taking part in walks. They took part in the Affin Bank Heritage Walk recently and were really excited to come today,” she said.

After the walk, a lucky draw was held for the walkers.

Heritage Walk 2013

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Penang Heritage Walk 2013 — Jointly organised by the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Penang Branch and Kwong Wah Yit Poh, the annual event which was into its fifth year saw participants from all walks of life gathering as early as 6.30am before the recent event’s 8am flag off in front of the Town Hall at the Esplanade.

The participants of the 5km walk passed through the George Town heritage enclave before heading back to the starting point.

Among the heritage sites covered by the walk were the Penang Islamic Museum, Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh, Dr Sun Yat Sen Penang Base, St George’s Church, Goddess of Mercy Temple, Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Masjid Kapitan Keling.

Student Janice Tan, 14, said she looked forward to participating in the event after hearing about it from her friends. “I love the idea of taking pictures while walking and enjoying the scenic and historic sites with my friends.”

For S. Raju, 17, the walk was a good way to spend time with his family members who also participated in the event. “This is a healthy activity which is different from what we usually do such as shopping or watching movies,” he added.

MRC Penang branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said the turnout for the walk was very encouraging and showed that Penangites were still very health conscious. “The turnout shows that they acknowledge walking as an excellent form of exercise. Many companies and organisations have also given us their support by sending their staff members to join us in the walk. To these companies and organisations as well as others who have supported the event, I thank you for your support,” she added.

A lucky draw was also held in conjunction with the event which was flagged off by Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng.

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MRC Penang Heritage Walk 2009

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

The Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Penang Branch will be organising a heritage walk on Oct 11 to raise funds.

MRC Heritage Walk 2009 event organising chairman Loh Nam Hooi said the walk will encompass the heritage precinct of inner George Town.

“This is all the more meaningful as this year marks the first anniversary of George Town being listed as a Unesco world heritage site. We will start our walk from Esplanade at 8am.

“Participants of the walk will be able to take in the sights and sounds of the heritage areas and at the same time help raise funds for MRC Penang Branch’s many humanitarian projects,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Apart from the walk, a lucky draw will also be held. Participants stand to win numerous prizes including a motorcycle courtesy of Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd.

Naza Talyya Hotels has also sponsored RM6,000 worth of T-shirts for the event.

Loh said participants are required to fill up the registration forms and pay a fee of RM30 by Oct 2.

Those who donate a minimum of RM300 will be entitled to take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

They will also join Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai for the VIP walk.

Co-sponsor and media partner for the event is Kwong Wah Yit Poh.

Registration forms can be obtained at MRC Penang Branch in 26, Jalan Grove, Kwong Wah Yit Poh office in Lebuh Presgrave, MRC Seberang Prai North Chapter in Jalan St Mark, Butterworth or Butterworth Kwong Wah Jit Poh office in Jalan Kampung Benggali.

All cheques are to be made out to ‘MRCS PENANG BRANCH’ with ‘MRC Heritage Walk’ written on the back of the cheque.  For details, please call 04-8275678, 04-2612312, 04-3233323 and 04-3331475.

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