On Sunday, June 24, HOPE worldwide hosted their 4th quadrennial BOLATHON Charity Fun Run & Masquerade Walk 2018 at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS). A total of 1,564 participants took part, raising money for a good cause. The funds raised enables under-privileged Malaysians to have access to education, health care, food and general well-being. In total, we have raised RM156,750.00!
Bangi Parliamentarian, YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming, who was the Event Officiator, expressed his gratitude towards HOPE worldwide Malaysia for the invitation to the once every four years BOLATHON charity event. At the same time, YB Dr. Ong also took part in the 10KM Fun Run.
"It was fantastic to see so many families and young people come out dressed in various costumes with different world cup themes
"It was also nice for me to be able to run with the other participants. I even managed to run below 50 minutes for a slightly under distance run (46 minutes for 9.3km),” he said.
Ong congratulated HOPE worldwide for the wonderful event and expressed hope that the organization will find more ways to partner with the new Malaysian government to create a more hopeful and better Malaysia.
The event was a success thanks to major sponsors Manforce Resources (M) Sdn Bhd, KESM Industries Bhd, Gintell, Adidas (Official Apparel Sponsor), One Living Sdn Bhd, Nefful International, Starbucks Malaysia, KFC, Mondelez International, Tiger Balm Malaysia, Luen Heng F&B Sdn Bhd, McDonald’s, Kenny Rogers Roasters, Krispy Kreme, Nestle, Beras+, Vico, Infinity Force (Official Fitness Partner), WK Lee Enterprise (Official Paramedics), Lucozade (Official Isotonic Drink), Moma Water (Official Drinking Water), MAEPS (Venue Sponsor) and supported by Music Rights Malaysia.
Besides the sponsors, HOPE worldwide received tremendous support from their corporate donors who sponsored their staff to participate in the charity fun run and masquerade walk such as Astro Kasih, Auto Bavaria BMW, CMA CGM Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Colas Rail Asia Sdn Bhd, DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, DS Innov Tech Malaysia, Hong Leong Bank, Kejuruteraan Asastera Berhad, NOL Global Services Centre Sdn Bhd, Sun Life Malaysia and OCBC Bank.
“It was another incredibly successful fundraiser,” said HOPE worldwide Malaysia’s Country Director Darick Wong.
“With this community, it’s 100 percent about raising money for the poor, and everybody has a great time in the process,” he said.
“We set a lofty fundraising goal, but we hit the mark, and that's amazing,” said HOPE worldwide Malaysia’s Chairman Burt Ong.
“Over the years, this event has grown into something special to look forward to every World Cup year,” he added.
Throughout the event, there was an array of football-themed costumes inspired by the on-going football World Cup in Russia.
The walk, which passes through MAEPS - was split into two categories, 3KM Masquerade Walk and 10KM Fun Run.
Participants received a welcome pack, Adidas tee shirt and finishing medal, and free fruit and water during the walk.
There was also a raffle in which lucky participants stand to win a 65-inch Samsung LED Smart TV worth RM 8,999.00 courtesy of consumer electronics appliances and lighting accessories store One Living Sdn Bhd, and a variety of other prizes. Besides, the Football Masquerade winner also bring home a Gintell DeVano Massage Sofa worth RM 6,400.00 and a Starbucks Hamper worth RM1,000.00.
Apparel Sponsor: Adidas Malaysia
Venue Sponsor: Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS)
Online Ticketing: Ticket2u.com.my
Official Drinking Water: MOMAwater Malaysia
Official Isotonic Drink: Lucozade Malaysia
Official Paramedics: WK LEE Enterprise
Fitness Partner: Infinity Force
Official Photographer: Robin Ng Photography
Official Videographer: HVP PRODUCTION
Official Journalist: Fernando Fong
Supported by: Music Rights Malaysia
One Living Sdn Bhd
Manforce Group of Companies
KESM Test (M) Sdn Bhd
Tiger Balm Malaysia
Kenny Rogers ROASTERS Malaysia
Krispy Kreme Malaysia
Not forgetting the Corporate Companies who have sponsored their staff to participate in our event:
Auto Bavaria BMW
CMA CGM Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Colas Rail Asia Sdn Bhd
DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur
DS Innov Tech Malaysia
Hong Leong Bank
Kejuruteraan Asastera Berhad
NOL Global Services Centre Sdn Bhd
Sun Life Malaysia
For more event photos, check them out at our Facebook page by clicking to the below links:
BOLATHON 2018 - PART ONE
BOLATHON 2018 - PART TWO
Bringing HOPE Changing LIVES