I’m running… to free children from abuse

By Michelle Chun
World Vision Malaysia

Duncan Chen likes to run. The nine-year-old swept past the finish line at the recent Oral Cancer 5km Run on 16 Feb with a finishing time of 30 minutes. He was the fastest child to complete the race.

Perhaps it was also the cause Duncan is fundraising for, that kept him going; for this little boy is not running for nothing. He’s running to support the protection of women and children in Tulid, Sabah.

“I want to run for them to protect them and their family from being hurt or abused,” he says. All in all, Duncan raised a total of RM1,690 to help World Vision’s child protection initiatives in Tulid.

“This issue is important to me because the children who suffer are just like me. I’m very lucky to be part of a great family who loves me and takes care of me,” he says.

World Vision Malaysia’s community development programme in Tulid, Sabah, works with children and families in the local communities to eradicate the root causes of poverty through sustainable and long-term initiatives.

Child protection programmes are part of World Vision’s work in Tulid. Children and parents are educated on children’s rights and how important it is for every child to grow up in safety and dignity.

This was Duncan’s first official run for charity, and it won’t be the last. When asked how the 5km was for him, he answered, “A little tiring, a little hard. Next time, I’ll do the 10km.”

The primary student believes it is very effective to fundraise for a cause through running. Not only does he maintain good health, he says, but it really does make a difference.

“My life motto is to ‘Be brave and do what you can do to make a difference’. I think we just need to be brave.”

We at World Vision thank you for your courage and efforts Duncan!