Alumni association hands over RM20k raised from fundraising run to SMK St Joseph, St Joseph Private School

Dr Sim (centre) hands over cheques worth RM20,000 to SMK St Joseph and St Joseph Private School.

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KUCHING, Jan 29: The 5th edition of the Ora Et Labora Run held by the Old Josephians’ Association (OJA) on Dec 3, 2022, has raised RM20,000.

OJA president Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian handed over two cheques, each worth RM10,000, respectively, to SMK St Joseph principal James Chen and St Joseph’s Private School chief executive officer Christopher Chua at the school compound last week.

The annual run, organised in conjunction with the 140th anniversary of St Joseph’s Secondary School, Kuching, attracted 1,205 runners comprising present and ex-students of SMK St Joseph and St Joseph’s Family of Schools as well as members of the public.

Besides raising funds for extra-curricular activities, OJA also serves as a focal point for ex-students to reunite, reminisce about the glory of the past, and see the school’s development.

According to a statement, OJA said Dr Sim hopes the annual Ora Et Labora Run would attract more alumni to ‘come back to school’ and to stay connected in the Josephian spirit.

“We will start to plan for the Ora Et Labora Run 2023 this year, and this time, we will hold a charity sale concurrently in the school. This will allow the students to raise funds for their club activities and embark on simple business trials.

“with all three schools involved as a team, it is hoped that a solid network and a closer bond can be forged,” said Dr Sim, who is also the Sarawak Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government.

On behalf of the Old Josephians’ Association, Dr Sim also thanked all the sponsors and partners of the event.

The sponsors and partners are Sarawak Energy Berhad (main and platinum sponsor), Gezhouba Engineering (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (gold sponsor), Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and Perunding Iriz (silver sponsor), Kinetic Food Trading Sdn Bhd and Footsie Reflexology & Massage (sponsor), MOMA Water (official hydration partner), 100 PLUS (official isotonic partner), Kuching Happy Runner Club and Revolution Run Borneo (main event supporters). — DayakDaily