Raft safari, anyone?


Lo Khere Chiang

KUCHING: Padawan Raft Safari 2013 is calling for entries now.

The event organised by Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) will be held along Sarawak Kiri river on July 7 with cash prizes of RM24,000 up for grabs.

Its chairman Lo Khere Khiang said the starting point will be at Kampung Annah Rais for kayaking and rafting (Expert’s category), Kampung Temurang for rafting (Men’s), Kampung Danu for rafting (Women, Government Agencies, Hotels and Tour Agencies).

The finishing point will be at Kampung Git.

The distance along the river is approximately 40km for the Rafting Expert and kayaking categories and 26km for other categories.

Rafting is divided into Expert, Men’s Open, Women’s, Government Departments, and Hotels and Tour Agencies while kayaking is open.

Lo added that for Hotels and Tour Agencies, rafts made from timber and recyclable materials will be provided in next year’s event.

“It will be different from bamboo rafting,” he said at a press conference after the municipal full council meeting here yesterday.

Registration for the competition ends by 5pm on June 28.

The registration fees are RM200 per team for Expert category while RM140 per team for Men, Women, Government Departments and Hotel and Tour Agencies and RM60 per team for kayaking.

Other interesting events lined up for that day are cultural performances, karaoke competition, food and tourism product line.

Another activity to be held in conjunction with the Padawan Events 2013 is a Borneo Highlands Resort Nature Challenge to be held on June 30 (Sunday).

For the sixth year, jointly organised by MPP and Borneo Highlands Resort (BHR) is a cycling and trekking adventure with competition categories for experts, amateurs and those who love nature and the environment.

The event will be held at Kampung Annah Rais and Borneo Highlands Resort near Padawan.

The closing date for the nature challenge registration is June 14.

For details on the event, the public are advised to contact MPP at 082-615566 or 082-611832 or email [email protected] or website www.mpp.sarawak.gov.my.