JOGATHON & WHEELATHON WITH THE DISABLED
AT DATARAN MERDAKA
On 28TH September 2003
By Marisha Naz
Nope this isnít one of my
school events or any usual jogathon day when people jog a few km and reach the
finish line. This jogathon that I'm talking about was a really special one. This
jogathon that I attended as a volunteer on the 28th September at
Dataran Merdeka, is a jogathon for the handicapped, disabled and all our other
Together with Melissa, Alif, Athir, Hazwin and Darshana, we set off to
Dataran Merdeka early in the morning. When we arrived there, I was amazed by the
amount of people there. Although this jogathon was for the disabled, there were
many other people around the area just wanting to lend a helping hand.
I played my part in making this event a success by helping out with the
stretching program, which was the chicken dance .A simple 3 minute dance, that
consisted of very simple and easy dance moves. Other YAs and I presented this
dance up on stage and were followed by 70 other children. It was great watching
the physically-challenged people able to follow along with the dance and at
the same time having lots of fun
Then, the jogathon started. There were two tracks, a 1km track and a
3km track. I accompanied the deaf and blind on the 1km track and made a few
friends. Although these people were deaf and blind, they still had a lot of
determination in them to finish the race. I was indeed impressed with how much
focus and determination all of them had. Well, I guess it must have paid off
when all of them got a certificate of participation after completing the race.
Well, my amusement didnít stop there. Fellow friends from Bethany Home
made a few performances. Wow! These kids really know how to shake their booty!
Some preformed Michael Jackson dance, while others preformed a Chinese, Malay
and Indian traditional dance. All of them looked so adorable in their costumes
and really entertained the crowd.
Not so long after that, the winners of the jogathon were announced
according to specific categories. All the winners received a hamper and a
certificate. This proves that
nothing is impossible, even our friends who are physically-challenged, managed
to complete the jogathon.