Sunday, October 17

Rain no dampener as 3,000 take part in Walk-a-Mile

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Dr Sim (second left) presents a memento to Dr Asri. At right is Jamilah. — Photos by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: The light rain yesterday morning did not deter some 3,000 participants from taking a stroll across the Darul Hana Bridge for this year’s Walk-a-Mile event, held in conjunction with World Heart Day.

Organised by Sarawak Heart Foundation, the event – themed My Heart, Your Heart – saw participants gathering at the Square Tower at Kuching Waterfront as early as 6.30am.

The event was originally planned to coincide with World Heart Day on Sept 29, but was postponed due to the haze which affected the state last month.

Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, who flagged off the walk, said the event served to gather like-minded people in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle as well as caring for their heart.

“Keeping a healthy lifestyle is a choice that you, myself, families and everyone else can make,” he said, adding that everyone should make it a point to stay active, refrain from smoking and eat healthy.

He said leading a healthy lifestyle starts with the ‘little things’ such as getting enough sleep at night, eating healthy and getting enough exercise.

At the same time, Dr Sim thanked the sponsors, supporters and volunteers of Sarawak Heart Foundation for their continuous support, especially with regards to the annual World Heart Day celebration.

Tanjong Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, who is Sarawak Heart Foundation board of trustees member, and Sarawak Heart Centre director Dr Mohd Asri Riffin were among those present at the event.

Participants make their way across the Darul Hana Bridge during the Walk-a-Mile event.