Yours truly and her mini me (maybe not so mini... hahaha) were at the lush and beautiful Perdana Botanical Gardens early this morning with a good 1,500 or so people who gathered around to take part in the first ever Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Race for the Kids in Kuala Lumpur in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Malaysia.
The 5km charity run raised a whopping RM 200,000 for RMHC Malaysia and will be channeled to build a Ronald McDonald Sensory Room at two centres in the Klang Valley. The centres nurture the well-being and education of young people with special needs and learning disabilities. The Kuala Lumpur race exceeded its initial fundraising target of RM 90,000, paving the way for RBC and RMHC to double their target and fund an additional room.
There were singles, couple and lots of families who walked or jogged or raced through the beautiful Perdana Botanical Gardens enjoying the fresh morning breeze, all for supporting charity as well as to get a good work out on an early Sunday morning...
“We are thrilled with the response to RBC’s first Race for the Kids in Kuala Lumpur and proud that RBC employees, friends, family and the local community came together to support such an important cause,” said Doug Moore, CEO, RBC Capital Markets Asia and Head of RBC Investor & Treasury Services Asia-Pacific. “RBC has a strong presence in Malaysia and we are delighted to establish RBC Race for the Kids in Kuala Lumpur as part of our global commitment to helping communities prosper.”
RBC established its first office in Malaysia in 2008 and today employs more than 800 people in Cyberjaya and Kuala Lumpur.
“The support that we received from RBC and the community has been overwhelming,” said Victor Sim, President, RMHC Malaysia. “It was a wonderful event and the funds raised will help children with special needs and learning disabilities develop cognitive skills and build self-confidence in a positive environment.”
It was definitely a fun run where families walked or run together around the lovely lake there is...
There were also tons of fun activities the organizers has from food trucks, game booths, face painting, sprayed on tattoos, candy floss, popcorns, photobooths and so much more for everyone after the run....
RBC Race for the Kids Kuala Lumpur is the latest addition to RBC’s series of 11 charitable runs that support causes in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Increasing in popularity every year, RBC Race for the Kids events have attracted more than 110,000 participants to date, and raised over $CAD 26.5 million for children’s charities around the world. The races are part of RBC’s larger commitment to kids and youth through the RBC Kids Pledge, a five-year, $CAD 100 million promise to improve the well-being of one million kids and youth.