The first of such events, the Run For The Wild 2015 was held in Kuching, in tandem with WCS New York’s Run For The Wild, Bronx Zoo on the 25th April 2015. The 7 km run event aimed to raise awareness on orang-utan conservation and was used as a pilot for future events. Run For The Wild 2015 did not have any admission fee and had a cap of 50 participants. The event involvedstudents from our organizing partner (Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak campus) as volunteers and marshals. A brief presentation was given by Dr. Melvin Gumal (Ph.D.), country director of WCS–Malaysia Program at the conclusion of the event.
Run & Bleed for the Wild 2015 was the largest event by WCS–Malaysia Program, in 2015. The event had three categories; 2 km fun walk, 5 km run and 10 km run and involved 425 participants. The event was co-organized by Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak campus, in conjunction with Swinburne Sarawak’s Open Day. Their students helped as volunteers and marshals. The event also shared the venue with a blood drive organized by a charity body. At the end of the event, a brief presentation was given by Dr. Elizabeth Bennett, recipient of the Merdeka Award, 2015 and WCS Vice President for Species Conservation.