CMS first public run drew massive support, over RM100,000 going to charity

6 September 2015 – As an advocate of community outreach and healthy well-being, Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) continued its culture of community investment with the successfully held CMS Tribal Run 2015 today. The Run asserted two firsts: the first run which was opened to the public, marking a significant milestone in CMS annual runs, bringing Kuchingnites together to lend a helping hand to the underprivileged in our society, as well as probably the first run to see 100% of entry fee collections in recent years donated to local charitable organisations.

Over 2,200 participants consisting of community contributors and the like-minded gathered together, creating a culture of civic duty and help the less fortunate. A combined total of RM103,104.00 were collected from the run, coupled with CMS Recycling Campaign collection, and were donated to the eight charitable organisations namely the Sarawak Association for the Welfare of Intellectually Disabled Children (PERKATA), Sarawak Society for Parents of Children with Special Needs (PIBAKAT), Kuching Autistic Association (KAA), Salvation Army, Hope Place Kuching, Sarawak Cheshire Home, Society for Critically Sick Children (SOS Kids) and Sarawak Hospice Society. Each received a contribution of RM12,888.00.

Dato’ Richard Curtis, Group Managing Director of Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad, said: “At CMS, we promote and provide incentives for our employees to lead active and healthy lifestyles. Running alongside a sheer number of participants today, who helped raise funds for these eight outstanding charities whose work in helping the young, sick, elderly and most vulnerable in our society is frankly humbling – this aptly reflects the truly Sarawakian spirit of unity and harmony.

“We are delighted by the fantastic response, which is a wonderful reflection of the kindness and generosity of everyone involved. I want to add that the flagging off of this year’s CMS Tribal inaugural public run represents the continued effort by the organisation to invest in the future, and we strongly encourage participation from throughout Sarawak on our upcoming charity events so that all of us can play a part in creating a fairer, stronger and more equitable society.”

The CMS Tribal Run 2015, which consisted of a 5km Fun Run and 10km Competitive Race, started at the MBKS Building at 6.30am and 7.00am respectively, with the runners converged bright and early at the venue in anticipation of the flag-off. The Run saw many participants and organisers donned in traditional indigenous tribal wears, which entitled them to win the “Best Outfits Awards.” There were also lucky draws with fantastic prizes won. As this was CMS’ first public run, apologies are extended for any shortcomings experienced by runners, and they will be acted upon for future improvement.