Kuching (Sarawak), Monday, 28 August 2017 – Kuchingites and out-stationed runners in Betong, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri dusted off their running shoes and adorned fashionable tribal outfits to pace and dash the streets for the CMS Tribal Run 3.0, which took place yesterday, Sunday, 27 August 2017. Boasting an impressive 3,100 participants (2,639 in Kuching; 461 in Betong, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri), the sporting event ran with the tagline ‘Run for a Good Cause’, and theme ‘Go Tribal’ was organised by CMS (Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad).
100% of entry fees collected from participants amounted to RM133,000.00 was equally donated to 10 local charitable organisations, with each receiving RM13,300.00. The recipients were, the Dyslexia Association of Sarawak, Kuching Autistic Association, Home of Peace, Purple Lily Foundation, Sarawak Cheshire Home, Sarawak Society for Parents of Handicapped Children (PIBAKAT), Sarawak Society for The Deaf, Salvation Army, Society for Critically Sick Children (SOS Kids) and Society for The Urban Poor.
Comprising a 5km Fun Run and a 10km Competitive Run, participants ran in impressive tribal wear to compete for the ‘Most Creatively-Dressed Male and Female’ awards. Prizes were also given to the top 10 male and female finishers in the 10km category, along with a host of lucky draw that included a Polygon foldable bicycle as the top prize.
CMS Group Managing Director, Dato’ Richard Curtis, said: “The broad participation from employees, charitable organisations, the general public and the business community is indicative CMS’ culture of giving back to the communities in which we live and work, particularly the underprivileged in our community, and I would like to thank everyone who supported and contributed in one way or another in making the CMS Tribal Run 3.0 a huge success.”
He continued, “The CMS Tribal Run is part of our ‘CMS Doing Good’ initiative, which is essentially a culture within the company that inculcates a sense of concern and a caring attitude for the community, and is a core company value. Our Doing Good projects, which commenced in the mid-1990s, have thus far included a combination of financial aid, contributions in-kind and, in-particular, staff volunteerism.
And to make this event even more special, CMS sponsored 10 children and teachers each from the Kuching Autistic Association and Salvation Army, and 14 youths from the Sarawak Society for the Deaf to participate in the event.
In this the final series of the CMS Tribal Run, we also received massive corporate support, with representation from some of the State’s and international business communities’ biggest names, including Ernst & Young, KKB Engineering, Harwood Timber Sdn Bhd, KTS Holdings Sdn Bhd, Naim Holdings Sdn Bhd, the Rotary Club of Kuching Central, Sarawak Cable Sdn Bhd, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), SACOFA Sdn Bhd, The Spring Management Services Sdn Bhd, Titanium Project Management Sdn Bhd, Yung Kong Co. Berhad and Yung Kong Construction Sdn Bhd.
After completing the 5km run, Dato’ Richard Curtis, added: “When the run was first organised in 2010 – the CMS Health Run as it was called then – we began to promote a healthier lifestyle amongst CMS employees and their families. The CMS Tribal Run has since become “a must” run event, showcasing community spirit and a common endeavour to help the people in our society who need it most. Far more than raising money for good causes, the CMS Tribal Run 3.0 is about the very best of Sarawak and its diversity – and the chance to burn off a few calories along the way!”
Finishers were awarded with a uniquely Sarawakian medal that can also be used as a key chain. The design is in the form of a Bunga Terung (Eggplant Flower), which is the first tattoo a Borneo male receives. The spiral at its centre known as Tali Nyawa – means the rope of life and it symbolises the beginning of a new life, reminiscent of the collective efforts of the participants to help local causes.