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Diaries: Walk-ala-thon Dec 31 2008
Distance : Awan Besar R&R Kinrara to Kota Kemuning
Date : Dec 31 2008

The inspiring birth of AROC’s maiden Walkalathon was totally unplanned for in our Events Calendar. What seems to be a genuine act of heart turned into a noble act of mankind, something that we would like to promote it as an annual event?

Once upon a time, the Committee has been working frivolously in preparing for the upcoming AROC Grand Tour – logistics, recce, tulips and the whole lots. At the same time, with only 2 weeks to the event, we realized that members’ participation & registration has not been too encouraging. The Committee hence voiced their concern about the slow response and that… should we not get the minimum numbers of participants, the GT might have to be deferred indefinitely with gloomy faces all around, pondering.

Suddenly, our soon-to-be Walkalaker open his big mouth issuing a ‘challenge’ that should we manage to secure 20 participants for the GT – he will walk all the way from his house to USJ Taipan (President’s Office) which is about 35kms away!

During our schooling days, teacher always taught us not to open one’s mouth too big and talk too much! A sudden boost of motivation and many-many frantic phone calls to all members, finally participation exceeded expectation. With a foot in his mouth, the Walkalaker faced with the inevitable – walk. Of course the Walkalaker tried all means to wriggle out of the imminent. A little money politics here and there, lobbying behind the scene and etc. The pressure was tense for the next few days – insomnia & loss of appetite almost turned the Walkalaker into a chicken. All to no avail… the walk must go on. Be a man!
AROC has always been a responsible club that strongly believes in our social obligations. Hence, in conjunction with the Walkalathon, we decided to make it a charity event whereby contributions pledged and collected will be donated to welfare charity homes on the next AROC Charity Drive event.

The Walkalaker walked his talk, along Kesas Highway starting from Awan Besar R&R towards Kota Kemuning (some 35kms away) where a New Year’s Eve reception is awaiting his arrival with fireworks, courtesy & sponsored by Ron Nanthan. Started at 3pm on a cloudy afternoon and arriving at 9.00pm to the cheers of all AROC members from KL & Penang as well as supporters from AROC Singapore. Well done Walkalaker Mohd Jonikhir a.k.a. Channel. His noble effort netted RM2,344.00 in contributions and donations! We look forward to his Walkalathon again in 2009 with even farther distance ala solo marathon!

The Event Director would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Gary Wong – AROC Singapore for walking & accompanying the Walkalaker for half of the way and Penang Chapter & AROC Singapore for the presence in support.
Finally to the Walkalaker – a fine act of self torture as a result of mouth opened too big. We salute you and due respect from all of us.

Well done Joni & Gary Wong !

Event Director : James Wong

Posted: shan76 @ Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:00 pm

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