Friday, May 2, 2014

Raising funds in a fun way

Haitamin (left) and Tourism Malaysia domestic marketing director Datuk Musa Yusof flagging off the Putrajaya Tourism Hunt 2014.
More than 600 people gathered in Putrajaya on an early Saturday morning for the Putrajaya Tourism Hunt 2014.

The popular event, organised by Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) since 2001, seeks to highlight various tourist spots in Putrajaya. There were 145 teams from among the public and 15 teams from the local authorities of places such as Kuantan, Bera, Ampang Jaya, Bentong, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Tinggi.

PPj deputy president Datuk Haitamin Ishak flagged off the hunt, which also aimed to raise funds for the less fortunate, at 8.30am. Previous years had seen participants looking for food “treasures” such as rice, biscuits and cooking oil. This year, however, the participants had to search for treasure in monetary form.

This year, Rumah Anak-anak Yatim dan Miskin Taman Baidui in Dengkil and Madrasah Al-Mustafawiyah Sungai Tangkas in Bangi were the beneficiaries of the hunt. Apart from giving the participants a chance to do good, the hunt also allowed them to enjoy the sights of the federal administrative capital, in line with efforts to promote Visit Malaysia Year 2014.

Participants had the opportunity to win prizes worth up to RM31,000 sponsored by Tourism Malaysia, Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Cruise Tasik Putrajaya, Maybank, Putrajaya Perdana, ARL Global, Lagenda Cuisine, and KLCC Management.

In the local authority category, Group A from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) came in first and took home RM3,000 and a hamper, while DBKL’s Group B and the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council were in second and third place, respectively.
In the open category, the team “Try Our Luck” was the champion, while “Vettai Sakhti” and “Bun Bun Chin” took the second and third spots, respectively.
-thestar online.

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