MIRI: Over 1,000 participated in Association Of Parents With Special Children (Pibakis) Miri Charity Run held at its centre in Lutong here yesterday.
According to its adviser Datuk James Ling, consistent and sustainable funding is needed to run programmes and activities at its centre.
“Pibakis was started by a small group of parents with similar needs who dedicated themselves to bring up and promote the joint effort which you see today 15 years ago,” he said before flagging off the run.
“We are here today to contribute towards that effort to ensure consistent and sustainable funding. The well-being, care and continual education of children in all relevant fields are of utmost importance to members of this association,” Ling pointed out.
Also present were Pibakis president and the event organising chairman Chiam Yun Chaw, chairman of the Community Based Rehabilitation Centre (PDK) Miri Yeo Kuan Leong as well as Pibakis Miri advisers Lau Siu Hui and Tay Ah Tiong.
Among the participants were members of Community Based Rehabilitation Centre (PDK) as well as staff of government departments and private sector.
Ling thanked all participants for their support and said the association will make the charity run an annual event.
The champions in the Men Open and Women Open were David Pa and Tho Siaw Khim.
Isaac Law and Claveron Ronan Ho were second and third place winners in Men Open while in Women Open the second place went to Grace Pui followed by Rebecca James Juat at the third place.
In Men Veteran category, the champion was Lee Kim Hing followed by Mohd Azizan Abd Latif and Hii Lik Nguong respectively.
Lee Leh Ha was the top runner in the Women Veteran category, followed by Hii Yieng Nyuk at the second place and Tie Siaw Foong at the third place.
In the Family-Boys category, the first place were won by Robin Wan Mathew who partnered Celestial Reyes Ho. Leonard Eriv Nyandau and Sebastian Ingun Mark Rentak came second, followed by Eric Jetri and Earnest Jusiah Eric at third place.
Tang Swee Ming and Shanice Tang Yu Chen came out tops in Family-Girls category with the second place going to Mervin Tawie and Marissa Jane Tawie while Chia Siang Hui and Tone Lau Ngin Ting came third.