Race For A Better Planet - Discovery Race Ipoh 2016

3… 2… 1… BEEEP! And participants rushed in to Sunway Lost World of Tambun to the first checkpoint where they had to walk on the foot reflexology path before answering questions posed to them. The race was 5km long around Sunway City Ipoh and in Sunway Lost World of Tambun and started at 8am. 3 out of 7 checkpoints opened in Lost World of Tambun at 8am and the other 4 checkpoints opened at 9am around Sunway City.

Participants arrived at the site at as early as 6am for registration. Our emcee, Mr. Kevin Chong from Traxx FM and TV2, got the participants up and about for the morning Zumba lead by a group from D’Artiz. Mr. Wong Wan Wooi, the general manager of Sunway City Ipoh then presented a short speech and officiated the race with a Sunway flag and a race horn with Mrs. Yasmin Rasyid waving the Race for a Better Planet 2016 flag.

Figure 1: Mr. Wong Wan Wooi and Mrs. Yasmin Rasyid officiating the start of the race.Figure 1: Mr. Wong Wan Wooi and Mrs. Yasmin Rasyid officiating the start of the race.

Participants took only about 30 to 45 minutes to finish up all three checkpoints in The Lost World of Tambun and were very eager to start the next checkpoint which could only open half an hour later. All of them finished the race at 11am and rushed to queue up for the food as well as receive their medals for finishing the race. 

Figure 2: Create awareness among youngsters too! Children getting help from their mother at one of the checkpoints.Figure 2: Create awareness among youngsters too! Children getting help from their mother at one of the checkpoints.

Later on was an Eco Drum Performance by students from SMK Taman Tasik Ampang, where they got creative with buckets, bins, and a small plastic jar of toothpicks, turning them into drums and maracas and singing along to the beat. They got a huge round of applause for their creativity and talent.

Figure 3: The Eco Drum Performance by students from SMK Taman Tasik Ampang.Figure 3: The Eco Drum Performance by students from SMK Taman Tasik Ampang.

Two workshops were also held during the event; a compost workshop and an ecoenzyme workshop. Many of the participants were really keen on learning how to make their own compost as well as ecoenzyme, and some of them were lucky enough to take compost bins home which were sponsored by EcoKnights.

Figure 4: Winners of the Discovery Race Ipoh 2016, congratulations!Figure 4: Winners of the Discovery Race Ipoh 2016, congratulations!

It is also very encouraging to know that 100% of the participants would recommend holding events like this in the future, and they are hoping for more challenging tasks and questions be posed during the race. 63% of them also rated the event a 10/10, and we really do hope that this will be a good kick start to similar events next time around.

Founder and president of EcoKnights, Mrs. Yasmin Rasyid, said that “the turnout was encouraging and shows that there is an interest among the community in Ipoh for these kinds of opportunities” and events as it was the first of its kind in Ipoh held by EcoKnights and MENGO. Hopefully, by God’s will, we will be able to hold another event with more participants to raise awareness about the urgency of environmental issues taking place.

Prepared by Teoh Jae Mie.

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