Bangi, 5 September – The Malaysians United Run (MUR) 2017 campaign was launched on the 29th of August 2017 by the patron of Institut Onn Ja’afar (IOJ), Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is also the Defence Minister of Malaysia.
“When we are running this time, we are not just running. We are running to showcase our spirit for unity and solidarity with one another. We are running to help those who need our help,” said Hishammuddin, during the official launch of the campaign, held at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
IOJ is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) which provides temporary relief to the poor and vulnerable by mobilising volunteers from local private and public colleges and universities. The MUR 2017 is a campaign that calls out to all university and college students to unite and run for a noble cause.
The first MUR took place in 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. With 17,620 recorded participants, it set a new Malaysian record for “the largest participation of college students in a volunteerism campaign run.”
Sponsors raised RM 100,000 for five different multi-ethnic charities. For 2017, the target has been set for over 50,000 runners and funds raised will go towards supporting the education of 50 underprivileged children.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IOJ, Charles Mohan explained the previous achievements of the NGO, “IOJ has organized many successful initiatives such as the Jom Bekpes campaign, which saw IOJ student-volunteers serve breakfast to the homeless and underprivileged denizens of KL and past campaigns also include the #MH370 Forever In Our Hearts campaign, flood relief drive and the #FIXPITAS campaign.”
“MUR 2017 aims to celebrate the spirit of unification of all Malaysians. The run resembles a microcosm of Malaysia itself; as a melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities, all coming together for a united cause, which is to help the less fortunate children in the country,” he adds.
The run is open to students from both public and private universities and will be held at the historic Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on November 18th this year. Members of the public are welcome to participate but spaces are limited.
The campaign boasts an extensive list of sponsors which include:
MPI Generali Insurans Berhad
Perusahaan Kimia Gemilang Sdn. Bhd
ANCOM Crop Care Sdn. Bhd
Fermpro Sdn. Bhd
Nylex Speciality Chemicals Sdn. Bhd
Ancom Logistics Berhad
Difense Konsult Sdn. Bhd
DSA Exhibition & Conference
Naber Corporation (M)
Thales Malaysia Sdn. Bhd
For more information on the MUR 2017, visit www.institutonnjaafar.com.