Kulim (Malaysia) Berhad (KULIM) on Sunday held its first Fun Run with the theme ‘Let’s Go Green’ at Kulim Eco-TRAIL Retreat (KETR) in Kota Tinggi, Johor. The 4km run saw the participation of approximately 370 employees and their families as part of KULIM’s initiative to inspire and motivate its workforce to inculcate healthy habits in their daily lifestyles.
Mohd Faris Adli Shukery, Managing Director of KULIM, said, “Work-life balance is not just a concept here at KULIM but a shared commitment that we all work towards as part and parcel of our company culture. Good physical and mental well-being is key to achieving a better balance that will enhance professional and personal growth.
We hope the Fun Run which is one of several sports-related activities conducted by KULIM will encourage employees to stay active and keep fit with loved ones and at the same time, strengthen teamwork and camaraderie among colleagues from all operating units as a platform to connect, bond, and network with each other.”
There were five categories for the Run, namely the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Workers, Children (under 17) and Children (under 12). The shortest time recorded for the 4km run was 15 minutes – running through the scenic oil palm plantation and golf course, and along the Johor River.
A key highlight was the gift of “green” received by all winners in the form of live plants in place of medals to commemorate the event apart from gift vouchers.
As part of KULIM’s wider ESG commitment and to encourage KULIM’s workforce to contribute positively towards environmental conservation and carbon footprint reduction efforts, the event saw the management led by Mohd Faris Adli Shukery planted various tropical forest trees along the Johor River including the Merbau tree (Instsia palembanica) which is Malaysia’s National tree, Johor tree (Lepisanthes Alata), kempas (Koompassia malaccensis) and others.
The Fun Run’s location has special significance as KULIM celebrates and commemorates the re-opening of its recently refurbished KETR which was closed for three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This beautiful building was built in the 1930’s during colonial times as an estate manager’s residence and has been converted into a resort, training centre, and key tourist attraction that stands barely 50 metres from the edge of the Johor River and offers its guests various facilities on its panoramic landscape.
As a family-friendly event, KULIM also organised fun-filled activities at KETR for its young participants who enjoyed playing at a bouncy castle, making giant bubbles and exploring their creative side with sand art. The event concluded with everyone enjoying a hearty lunch together.