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MARK Williams is used to having runners joining him for weekend training sessions leading up to the Standard Chartered KL Marathon.
But last month, the official head coach for SCKLM 2012 spent his morning training a group of special children from the National Autism Society of Malaysia (Nasom), along with their parents and teachers at Taman Metropolitan Kepong.
The children were taught proper warming up techniques, followed with a short fun run.
“It was my pleasure to work with the children. They certainly left me feeling amazed as not only are they really capable at trying out new activities, their enthusiasm highlighted how determined and committed they are,” says Williams.
The 21 children, accompanied by parents and teachers, will be taking part in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon Kids Dash 700m category for the first time on June 24.
Nasom general manager Chia Liaw Kee says the training session benefited the children as not only did it better prepare them for the coming race but they also had a lot of fun training with Williams.
“The session clearly shows the children are capable of taking part in mainstream activities. We are grateful to the organisers of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon for such an opportunity,”says Chia.
Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd director Rainer Biemans says the SCKLM is also a platform for charities to create awareness about their cause. “We hope that through our charity programme Run For A Cause, Nasom will be able to raise funds for the construction of a school for children with autism which will offer alternative formal educational opportunities for these children.”
The school is anticipated to cost RM10 million.