Sacofa community run raises RM252,810 for 13 selected schools

Winners of the "Connecting With The Community” Run 2019 in the 10km category pose with Abdul Karim (on stage, third left), Zaid (on stage, second left) and other VIPs at the Old State Legislative Assembly Building.

KUCHING, Jan 6: Sacofa Sdn Bhd presented contributions amounting to RM252,810 to 13 selected schools in Sarawak today.

The contributions in the form of tables, chairs, whiteboards and renovation works were from the proceeds of the organisation’s “Connecting With The Community” Run 2019 held at the Old State Legislative Assembly Building this morning. The proceeds were matched with the company’s funds on a one-to-one basis.

Its managing director Zaid Zaini before the event said that the organisation decided to organise the run to connect with the community in a meaningful and positive way.

He pointed out that when Sacofa announced the run last year, it pledged to channel all proceeds from the run towards community development programmes

“Since education is the cornerstone of the community, it is the foundation and premise of progress and development of the community. Therefore, schools should be a top priority of community development. As such, we are honoured to do our part to support education and government efforts to improve infrastructure and basic amenities in schools in Sarawak,” he said.

Abdul Karim (standing, fourth left), Zaid (standing, third left) and other VIPs holding a banner showing the total amount of proceeds from the ”Connecting With The Community” Run 2019 held at the Old State Legislative Assembly Building.

Zaid added that the event proved to be successful beyond initial expectations as a total of 23 sponsors came forward to support the run and a total of 3,500 participants signed up for the event’s three categories, namely 10km, 5km and 3km.

Witnessing the ceremony and the handover of the proceeds were Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Tupong assemblyman, Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman, acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research Dr Abdul Rahman Deen, Education Department Sarawak’s Head of School Management Sector Omar Mahli, Padawan District Education Officer Malsiah Jamal, Kuching District Education Officer Kamariah Said and Samarahan District Education Officer Mohadi Mobin.

The beneficiary schools are SK Tan Sri Datuk Haji Mohamed, SK Matang, SK Beradek, SK Paya Mebi, SK Petra Jaya, SK Sg Maong Hilir, SK Telaga Air, SK Salak, SK Matang Jaya, SK Stapok, SK RPR Batu Kawah, SK Tanjong Apong, and SK Tambirat.

The run and various ancillary attractions such as food trucks and car boot sales had also attracted international participants from Australia, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Yemen. — DayakDaily