Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Terry Fox Run 2010: Here Come The Foxes!

"I am not a dreamer, and I am not saying that this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer. But I believe in miracles. I have to" - Terry Fox

Let me demonstrate to you the graceful way of falling down while roller skating in the midst of a few thousands people. It does not matter HOW you fall – it is how the fall ends. As example, you can fall like this:

... on your butt while navigating your way down the stairs (and who comes up with a brilliant idea to get the skaters to use a route with stairs? Aiyoooo, I have yet to learn how to jump while skating, okay. Macam x-treme sport la pulak kan. And it does not matter if only one particular skater - who shall remained nameless - falls down at the stairs and the other skaters got over it easily. No, it was not that one skater’s fault, humpphh)

Or you can fall face down, on your tummy, while trying to go uphill…

Posing shy-shy (malu-malu) setelah menyedari aksi kejatuhan telah dirakam. Teknik ini sama seperti teknik 'mengelak dari paparazi'. Kedua-dua tangan diangkat menutup muka. Berguna juga saya keluar dating dengan abang Nuar kerana kami sentiasa diserbu oleh media. Ilmu itu dapat dipraktikkan disini.

The most important thing is, after you fall, smile and laugh it off! That is how a graceful fall should end with… with a laughter, as if falling down is the most fun thing that could happen, people.

The End.

(And thank you to those who helped me, eh, who help that skater who shall remained nameless, to get back up again, hehe)


Last Sunday was the 30th Terry Fox Run, and a few KOMA members joined in under the Petronas team. Terry Fox Run is an annual charity event to raise fund for cancer. Here is a background of the event (taken from Wikipedia):

Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox CC OD, (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$500 million has been raised in his name.

Some decided to run and walk, but a few of us decided to skate. We arrived just nicely before the event about to start, so there was really no time to practice. Hoh, it was quite nerve wrecking at first, since I haven’t skate for a while, and while testing the skate at the parking lot of Tasik Titiwangsa, we found that it was really hard to move because the asphalt surface was so rough. Wobble, wobble. I looked dejectedly at Huda and said, “How are we supposed to finish 2 km on this skate when we can barely move an inch?”. Awal-awal dah rasa nak give up – malu okay konon terer sangat nak skate tapi nanti terkial-kial lak. And the other skaters were so macho and experienced-looking. Psiko, beb!

Well, thank god, that the actual route, which was the main road that circled the lake, was smoother, and I breathed easily knowing that I won’t embarrassed myself in front of the crowd.

The ‘wheelers’ were released first, i.e the skaters, cyclists and strollers, and afterwards the runners and walkers. After a while, the first wave of runners caught up with us. It was so much fun that we decided to go for a second round, for a total of 4.4 km of skating. This was definitely one of the enjoyable event I’ve been to, since there was no pressure, it was for fun and charity, and everyone was just relaxing with their friends and families.

Looking forward for next year’s Terry Fox Run!

For more info, do visit the official Terry Fox Foundation website.

Picture credit to Assan, Harun & CK. Thank you also to Mr. Robin for sending the pictures to me.

1 comment:

  1. haha.. org xperasan aku pun jatuh gak kat stair tu.. funny.. =p