HERITAGE enthusiasts can take part in the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Heritage Walk 2014 on June 22. The walk, jointly organised by the MRC Penang branch and Kwong Wah Yit Poh, will be held for the sixth year.
Event organising chairman Loh Nam Hooi said the walk this year would incorporate an additional 1.5km to the route. “Heritage lovers can enjoy a 6.5km walk in George Town. The places they will pass by include the Yeap Kongsi, Poh Hock Seah Temple, Dr Sun Yat Sen Penang Base, Penang Islamic Museum, St George’s Church, Kuan Im Teng (Goddess of Mercy Temple), Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Masjid Kapitan Keling. We expect to raise more than RM150,000 for the MRC Penang branch to fund various humanitarian projects,” Loh said. He added that the walk was to mark the sixth anniversary of George Town being declared a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Loh said one of their humanitarian projects provided community-based ambulance service in three areas — Permatang Tinggi, Jalan Raja Uda and Batu Maung. “We also need funds to train our members in first aid and rescue skills, disaster relief and management,” he added.
Participation form for the walk are available at the MRC Penang branch at 26, Grove Road, and at the MRC north Seberang Prai Ambulance Service Office in Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth. Registration fee is RM30 per person. Each participant will receive a Heritage Walk T-shirt which has to be worn during the walk in order for the participant to qualify for a lucky draw. The forms should be submitted by June 20.
Well-wishers are also welcome to donate to the event and those who give a minimum of RM300 will be entitled to take part in a ribbon- cutting ceremony. For details, call MRC Penang at 04-8275678 or MRC north Seberang Prai at 04-3330999.