Promoting engagement through sponsorship in Charity Run

Wawasan Open University (WOU), in the spirit of corporate social responsibility (CSR), sponsored the participation of 40 staff and students in the ‘Run with Shades’ event held at the Penang Youth Park today, in conjunction with International Women’s Day.

 WOU participates in the Charity Run in support of domestic violence survivors.

WOU participates in the Charity Run in support of domestic violence survivors.

The sponsorship was in line with the University’s mission to more actively engage staff and students besides extending support to notable causes and reaching out to the community.

WOU, through its Marketing and Corporate Communications (MARCOM) department, sponsored 15 staff and 25 on-campus learning (OCL) students to join the 7-kilometre charity fun run.

 A few of the staff and students before the start of the run.

A few of the staff and students before the start of the run.

According to MARCOM and Regional Operations Director K H Chong, “WOU, as a people’s university, is determined to do its part as a good corporate citizen to support the work of NGOs like the Women’s Centre for Change (WCC), Penang.”

He continued, “The University has also declared 2018 and 2019 as the Year of Staff Engagement and Student Engagement respectively. We are therefore undertaking efforts to motivate our staff and students to become more engaged and connected to the institution through participation in various activities sponsored or organised by the University. We trust this will lead to a more pleasant, harmonious and productive work environment.”

 The full-time students with their finisher medal.

The full-time students with their finisher medal.

Chong added that the run also aligns well with the goal of the University to promote sports and recreational activities among the staff.

The University had contributed RM2,000 in sponsorship for its participation in the run  organised by WCC Penang and the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) in support of domestic violence survivors. Among the over 2,100 participants were Corporate Communications Manager Rasidah Mion and OCL Student Council president Pan Bo Zhong.

 All smiles...the staff show off their Run with Shades medal.

All smiles...the staff show off their Run with Shades medal.

The event was flagged off by State Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Chong Eng, MBPP mayor Yew Tung Seang, and WCC President Mariam Lim, at 7.30am. WOU’s participants managed to finish the run within 90 minutes to receive the finisher medal.

 The participants enjoyed free food, drinks and various performances after the run.

The participants enjoyed free food, drinks and various performances after the run.