BANGI — The Malaysians United Run 2017 to raise funds for needy children, scheduled for November, is expected to attract at least 40,000 participants.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said participants from all walks of life would move as one focused on the noble cause.
Launching the MUR2017 at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia here yesterday, Hishammuddin saluted those who had volunteered and contributed to make it a reality.
The run, organised by the Onn Jaafar Institute (IOJ), will see 62 institutions of higher learning taking part.
“Sponsors have pledged support for 50 deserving cases involving poor or underprivileged children over the next year post-MUR2017,” Hishammuddin said.
“These cases have been carefully identified by the team at IOJ working with participating universities as these children require funding for medical care or education.”
Hishammuddin said the aid would not be confined to needy students from any one location.
“Some cases represent groups of children, such as orphans living in Rawang or underprivileged children living in Malaysia’s urban centres,” he said.
“Each of these cases will be adopted by a group of guardians and volunteers from institutions of higher learning, who will manage, monitor and report on their progress.”
He said the funds would be released to selected universities which would serve as guardians for each child, among whom would be those with health complications, refugees or orphans.
Hishammuddin said other nations wondered how Malaysia was able to uphold its multi-racial and multi-religious make-up despite many challenges.
“We are creating awareness, not only among our rakyat but to the outside world full of disunity, greed and corruption, that all this is not something acceptable us,” he said.
He thanked UKM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Seri Noor Azlan Ghazali for hosting the campaign’s launch.
Noor Azlan said MUR2017 was a golden opportunity for him to expose his students to growing a culture of volunteerism.
“Hundreds of volunteers consisting of students and faculty members have been involved in IOJ’s Jom Bekpes (morning soup kitchen) since it was introduced,”