Running Over Barriers In The Heart Of The City
(This article first appeared on Care2Run’s Facebook page on Oct 11, 2019)
IT’S been exactly two weeks since Bursa Bull Charge 2018, and we know that for many participants, mentors and coachers, the high has yet to subside.
There were so many inspiring moments leading up to the big day and during the event itself and we were humbled by all of them.
From kids who had shied away from physical activity previously actually pushing themselves to complete the distance, to mentors who went out of their way to reassure and support their mentees, the whole experience was truly special.
Here then are a few snippets from the event on Thursday, Sept 27:
Go Izzaty, Go!
“I was actually nervous and anxious about how Izzaty would act and react on the event date. Her mentors, Liza & Padma were superb!” says Izzaty’s mum Azleen.
“My main objective to register Izzaty with Care2Run was to promote self-awareness and self-management so she can understand how she can interact with the world around her as well as to help her recognise and probably modify her behaviour. Care2Run indeed assisted Izzaty indirectly to achieve a sweet milestone. ‘Good job!’ ‘Go Izzaty, go … you can do it!” All these kind encouraging words changed Izzaty’s entire day.
Alyaa suffered a fall after dinner a day before the race and was in excruciating pain. But that didn’t stop her from coming to the event to support her fellow participants. And when she was there, an extraordinary thing happened when she decided to take part despite her pain.
“She came, and she conquered her distance with grit and joy with amazing support from her Bursa Buddy Inn Inn and other Bursa Buddies and Care2Run,” said Care2Run’s Coach Mee Leng.
The Bursa Bull Charge marked Carina’s first official run and the first time she was at an event without her parents being present and it was truly remarkable.
“She struggled with the loud countdown due to her sensory challenges yet she was determined to go ahead and charge from the starting line. This would not have been possible without the kind hearted Buddies support especially Mei Kim @ Amy and Salbiah,” Mee Leng said.
Shawn And The Policeman
Our participant Shawn was so geared up to run with his Bursa Malaysia mentor Muru. However, things changed five minutes into the event when the rain started pouring down. That’s when Shawn refused to run, much less walk. Muru was comforting throughout, offering Shawn chocolate, 100 Plus, a cap and even papers and pens when he realised that the boy loves taking down the details of people he meets. But Shawn still refused to walk to the finish line.
Says his mum Belinda: “Shawn kept calling for the police (one of his wishes is to become a policeman) because he said his leg was painful after getting caught in the heavy rain. So Coach Muru had no choice but to get the Bursa policeman to escort them back. “I really want to thank Coach Muru for his kindness and tender care of Shawn. Hats off to Policeman Anthony too … He was so kind and compassionate.”
[Clockwise from left] Khong Way, who did not let his bandaged hand stop him from joining a Care2Run training session. Jonathan, the third runner-up at BBC2018. Cavin, the second runner-up. Suet Ming, a fit girl who can go hiking one day and go running the next day with ease.
Participant demographic – Twenty-five from seven differently-abled categories:
Cerebral palsy (2)
Down Syndrome (8)
Slow Processing Speed (6)
Prader Willi Syndrome (1)
Prosthetic leg / Other physical challenges (3)
Based on the official Bursa Bull Charge 2018 results, 21 out of 25 participants completed the 1.5km run despite the downpour!
The remaining four were also champions we celebrated for having the courage to participate in their maiden run and reached a new milestone. The Para Run component of BBC2018 is a joint partnership between Yayasan Bursa and Care2Run. Follow Care2Run on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information on upcoming runs, events and happenings.