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Trail With Malim Gunung Kinabalu

A no frills trail run with lots of good fun and most importantly all contributions will be going to the 4 families of the guides who passed away in the recent Ranau earthquake that also affected the folks who were at Mount Kinabalu.

On 5th June 2015 an earthquake struck Ranau, Sabah at 0715. The quake was a magnitude of 6.0 which lasted for 30 seconds.  Eighteen people died with most of the deaths being Singaporean students from Tanjong Katong Primary School, while about 137 other people who were climbing the mountain were stranded, but were subsequently rescued. As a result, from the earthquake, most areas in the Kinabalu Park was closed temporarily while waiting for the situation to clear and repair works to complete.

The mountain guides made a difference.
At about 4pm, the mountain guides collectively decided to lead the group to safety themselves, after not having received any word of help that was coming for them. "I don't think the climbers would have been able to make it through the night. Most of them were wearing thin layers of clothing. They were hungry and thirsty. We either died waiting or died trying. We chose to die trying," said Mr Kintai, one of the mountain guides leading the group.

Most of the mountain guides live in the villages surrounding Mount Kinabalu and depend on the climbing tours for income for their families. One of the mountain guides identified as Joseph Selungin 33 was found along with two of his climbers. According to eye witnesses, Joseph appeared to be using his body to shield two of his climbers from the falling rocks. He is survived by his wife and two children aged four and two.  He promised to return by June 12 to celebrate their wedding anniversary but he never made it.

The other 3 mountain guides who perished are Robbi Sappingi, Valerian Joannes and Ricky Masirin.
Trail run details as follows:
• Venue:
Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve
Jalan Merbah 10/1,
Kota Damasara
47810 Petaling Jaya.
GPS Coordinates 3.168766, 101.580455
• Date:
Saturday 19 September 2015
• Time:
4.00pm
• Distance
5km and 2km
• Entry:
By a minimum contribution of RM50
(All contributions will be donated to the 4 families of the late mountain guides)
• Format:
This is a No Frills Trail run open to maximum of 500 pax only. 

To ensure transparency in all monies collected, contributors may check on the list at the link List Of Contributors

How to contribute?
• Step 1:
Fill in the following form:

Step 2:
Bank in your contribution to:
JW Biznet
Account No: 3-1960215-17
Public Bank, Pandan Jaya Branch

Step 3:
Email the form and confirmation to der_pacemaker@yahoo.com
Once they have received your entry form and payment, a confirmation number will be issued to you. You may check on your contribution via the List Of Contributors.

For more details, you may email your queries to - jwbiznet@hotmail.com or call Julie Wong at +6016 228 4088. Note that this project is an initiative of Daniel Tan and YS Lee.
OBJECTIVES of Trail With Malim Gunung Kinabalu:
• To pay tribute to all the Mountain Guides of Mount Kinabalu (also knwn as Malim Gunung).
• To honor the 4 unsung heroes who give their lives for the safety of climbers whom they regarded as their guests.
• To raise fund for the families and next of kins of the fallen Malim of Mount Kinabalu.
• To be in solidarity with the people of Sabah especially those who are directly affected by the earthquake.

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