KUCHING: A total of RM95,000 in sponsorship money was handed over to Kuching Resident’s Office yesterday by six corporate sponsors of Sarawak Regatta 2013.
Kuching Resident Abang Shamsuddin Abang Seruji said this year’s Regatta met with overwhelming response with a plump reward at the finish line – a cool RM10,000 to the King of the River (Raja Sungai).
“There is an increase of 30 percent of cash prizes, which could be the reason we have nearly 400 teams this year compared to last year’s 315,” he said at the cheque handover in his office yesterday.
He credited their corporate sponsors and the private sector for attracting nearly 7,000 participants this year.
The corporate sponsors present to hand over their sponsorship yesterday were JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, Miri; Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS) Kuching; Hornbill Skyways, Kuching; Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC); Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Kuching and Samling Strategic Corporation.
The regatta themed ‘The Race for Harmony’ will be held at Kuching Waterfront from Sept 6 to 8 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Sarawak’s independence within Malaysia.
This year the regatta will feature the International Dragon Boat Exhibition Race for the first time.
Five teams from five countries – Brunei, Thailand, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Singapore – have been invited to the showpiece.
Three Malaysian teams from Sandakan, Putrajaya and Penang will also be part of it.
Other interesting events included in the three-day programme are Food and Culture Carnival, One District One Industry Product, handicraft promotion, exhibition from other states in the country, traditional Gendang Contest, Brooke Swim, Duck Catching, Golden Voice Contest, Golf Regatta and entertainment.