KL Rat Race 2012 raises record RM2.2 million for charity

The Edge-Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Rat Race 2012 raises over RM2.2 million for charity in its 13th year.

The Edge-Bursa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Rat Race 2012 raised a record-breaking total of RM2,216,000 which was channelled towards 26 charitable organisations in the country with each beneficiary received between RM46,000 to RM100,000.

Over 800 staff, including 76 CEOs, representing more than 80 corporations ran in the race which provides the platform for corporate Malaysiato fulfill their corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives to help the needy.

“The KL Rat Race is less about winning than about helping those who are less fortunate. The substantial increase of funds raised this year showed that the KL Rat Race has been embraced by corporations to become good corporate citizens by playing their part in the community,’ said Au Foong Yee, managing director of The Edge which co-organised the race with Bursa Malaysia.

She said since the race first debuted in 2000, a total of over RM15 million has been raised and channelled to 170 charitable organizations.

76 captains of industry ran in the 1km CEO Race.
Chairman of Bursa Malaysia, Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Hj Abdullah on hand to flag off the runners.
Participants run on the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur during after-office rush hour.
Ireka Development Management Chief Investment Officer Chan Chee Kian ran the fastest in a time of 5:22 to win the Fastest Male CEO award.
YTL Communications CEO Lee Wing Kui happy running for a cause.
Dancing tigers escort Maybank senior executive vice president and head of group human capital Nora Abdul Manaf (left) on her way to the finish line. Seen on the right is MTU Services general manager for corporate and legal Azleen Abdullah.
The St John's Alumni Pipe Band plays the Scottish bagpipes to the delight of the crowd.
The Bhangra drum beats get the crowd riled up.
The tiger and lion dance troupes in action.
Carlsberg Malaysia wins the Best Dressed Team. (From left) Supply chain director Kristian Dahl, Billy Lok (sales team), CSR manager Pei C Khoek and Luen Heng F&B general manager Kenneth Soh.
The pom pom girls from Tricor cheer on the runners.
Sunway Berhad wins the top prize in the Cheering and Team Spirit Competition.
The OCBC cheering team members show all their spirits at the KL Rat Race 2012.
Two prancing lions perform in front of Bursa Malaysia to give blessing and good fortune.
Riding mechanical bull for fun.
The Volkswagen Group Malaysia team members proudly display their company logo.
The spirited team from The Edge.
The Oracle team is very excited to join the KL Rat Race 2012.
All ready to run: Participants of the 1km CEO Race pose in a group photo before the race.
The Best Dressed CEO award goes to Cheong Mei Foong (centre), head of brand at Maxis. Presenting the award jointly were The Edge managing director Au Foong Yee (left) and Bursa Malaysia CEO Dato’ Tajuddin Atan (right).
Bursa Malaysia CEO Dato’ Tajuddin Atan (far left) poses with representatives of 26 charitable organisations who are recipients of the entire proceeds of RM2.2 million from the KL Rat Race 2012.

The 1km CEO Race in which 76 captains of industry took part kicked off at 5.00 pm on September 25 and followed by the 4.5km main race. Both races started and ended at the Bursa Malaysia grounds.

The event took on a carnival atmosphere from 2.00 pm onward where workers from different companies and industries got together and let their hair down. To hype up the party atmosphere were cheering and team spirit competition and lively performances by various groups such as pipe band, percussion, bhangra drum troupe, lion and tiger dance troupe.

Recreational activities such as archery, mechanical bull ride and inflatable games like gladiator duel and rock climbing attracted big crowd participation.

At the prize presentation after the race, Bursa Malaysia CEO Dato’ Tajuddin Atan said: “You have been amazing today in our most successful rat race today because we ran hard and raised RM2.216 million. We have a responsibility to make a difference for those who are not as fortunate. This is what you have done here today.

“Over 800 of you turn out today to make a difference not just for the beneficiaries but also for yourselves. But you do inspire the rest of the 1.1 million employed. Imagine what we can achieve together to bring positive change especially for those who need that extra hands. You were remarkable today,” added Tajuddin.