Friday August 3, 2012
Gold to be won at Starwalk
By LO TERN CHERN
Photos by CHAN BOON KAI
LUCKY Penang Starwalkers can look forward to striking gold this time around.
For the first time, a total of 11 gold wafers worth more than RM30,000 will be offered as prizes during a special draw at Penang Starwalk 2012 on Sept 17.
And one lucky participant can literally walk home with the top prize of a 50gm gold wafer worth about RM10,000.
The other 10 wafers comprise two 20gm units (about RM4,000 each), four 10gm (RM2,000 each) and four 5gm (RM1,000 each).
The gold wafers are part of the RM100,000 sponsorship by Geneva Malaysia Sdn Bhd, one of the platinum sponsors, for what is touted as Penang’s premier sporting event.
With the latest gold bonanza awaiting Starwalkers, the rush to register for the walk continues unabated with students from SMK Datuk Haji Mohd Nor Ahmad among the latest to sign up yesterday.
Form five student Poh Kar Ming said she is looking forward to taking part in the walk for two reasons.
“It is a healthy programme for everyone and the event also brings together people of all walks of life.
“Adults and kids get to walk along and this encourages them to push harder, creating a healthy competitive spirit,” said the 17-year-old.
Poh was among more than 100 students who registered for the walk during a roadshow held inside a Rapid Penang bus at the school in Bukit Gelugor.
Form One student Danial Hakim, 13, will have his mother for company during the walk.
The first time participant said he will be taking part in the non-competition category.
“I just want to give it a try. Every success starts from trying,” he said.
K.Krishnan Raj, 14, a Form Two student, said 70 of his family, friends and teachers registered for the walk.
“I volunteered to help submit their forms for participation in the non-competition category,” he said.
Another Form Five student A. Yegeshweriy, 17, is glad to be able to participate in the walk with her friends.
“We enjoyed the walk very much last year, so we made a promise that we would participate again this year,” she said.
School principal Ahmad Ramli was happy with the student’s turnout at the registration of the walk.
“The walk not only benefits the body through exercise but the students will also gain extra knowledge as they walk along the heritage trail,” he said.
Penang Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas will flag off the walk at Birch House, Penang Times Square, at 6.30am on Sept 17, a replacement public holiday for Malaysia Day that falls on Sunday.
The route for non-competition walkers is 6km while it is 10km for competition walkers.
Registration fee is RM10 for non-competition walkers and RM15 for competition walkers.