If you are planning a trip to Sarawak this month, contribute to a good cause and be sure to register for the Heritage Race. Following its debut in Bangkok on 29 November 2015, the next iteration of the run will travel to Sarawak capital, Kuching, on 30 January 2016.
A travel industry-led event created to uncover local stories about places and to raise funds for good causes, the Heritage Race is organised by local travel industry volunteers and Web In Travel, and sponsored by Accor Plus. Close to 200 participants took part in the Bangkok Heritage Race and the event raised approximately 35,000 baht (US$970) for the Goodwill Group Foundation which empowers disadvantaged women in Thailand.
The first two Heritage Races in Singapore, organised jointly with Ramada-Days Inn Hotel at Zhongshan Park in 2014 and 2015, raised a total of S$26,000 for the Lee Ah Mooi Old Aged Home.
Said Yeoh Siew Hoon, founder of the Heritage Race, “I am delighted we found local champions in Sarawak and that the race is moving to Kuching. “This is an event that can be held anywhere. Travellers today are seeking new, local experiences and travel industry professionals should help uncover these local secrets in their destinations.”
The main objective of the Kuching Heritage Race is to renew interest in and appreciation for the cultural and built heritage of Kuching. A multi-cultural city with a long history that includes sultans, tribal chiefs, Chinese and Indian traders, White Rajahs, Japanese Occupation, Australian liberation and time as a British colony.
This is a team event, with teams of at least two and up to six members. Teams will “race” through Central Kuching testing the knowledge and agility of participants as they answer questions or carry out activities based on the clues and instructions given. The aim is to make discovering the hidden cultural heritage of Kuching fun, and to provide a great learning experience.
The maximum number of participants is capped at 200, with a participation fee of RM50 per person. There will be also a chance at a lucky draw for cash awards for the teams that successfully answer all the questions and complete the assigned tasks within the time limit.
Additionally, funds raised during the event will go to charities that are often overlooked and under-funded. The aim of the upcoming race is to raise at least RM 20,000 (US$4,620), mainly from sponsors, to support local NGO, Meeting Needs, which assists under-privileged families, especially those with special need children.
The race is open to anyone – travel industry professionals, students, locals or tourists – interested in uncovering local heritage stories in Kuching for a good cause.