Archive | April, 2016

Fitness Zone, SOBD mark World Autism Awareness Day

3 Apr
Some of the participants of the ‘Dance and Shine a Light on Autism’ event in a group photo. – JAMES KON

Some of the participants of the ‘Dance and Shine a Light on Autism’ event in a group photo. – JAMES KON

TO commemorate the World Autism Awareness Day 2016 that falls on April 2, more than 150 people from all walks of life participated in the ‘Dance and Shine a Light on Autism’ event, co-organised by Fitness Zone and Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam (SOBD) on Friday evening.

Some 20 athletes from SOBD and the Special Olympics Young Athletes team took part in the sweat-and-fun event accompanied by music. In a show of unity, parents and friends of the athletes also joined in the fun-filled fitness moves.

Matching to the theme of this year’s World Autism Awareness Day, ‘Light it up Blue’, members of Fitness Zone and the public were encouraged to turn up in blue-toned attire.

The theme aims to spread awareness of autism, celebrate and honour the unique talents and skills of people with autism and bring attention to the needs of people with autism.

Wu Chun, Managing Director of Fitness Zone, said, “Our team always see to it that we are able to pay attention and reach out to different communities here in Brunei. “

“People with disabilities have great undiscovered abilities, they just need an extended caring hand and that is what this event is all about – to show that we support them and they are not alone shining their lights.”

Ramon Rapi, Customer Care Manager of Fitness Zone and Volunteer Head Coach of SOBD Adaptive Fitness Team commented, “This is one of the most meaningful events I’ve been part of.

“Everyone has shared the same love for music and exercise, which does not discriminate disabilities and limitations.”

The health club expressed gratitude to Kingston Beverage & Creamery Sdn Bhd, La Vi Da and Shooting Stars Brunei Basketball for their support to the event.

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She Runs 2016 gets global glitterati endorsement

3 Apr
Wu Chun holding She Runs 2016 poster with the various international stars for the ‘Beat the Champions’ reality TV show that took place in Shanghai, China. – Zhe Jiang TV station

Wu Chun holding She Runs 2016 poster with the various international stars for the ‘Beat the Champions’ reality TV show that took place in Shanghai, China. – Zhe Jiang TV station

|     James Kon     |

THE second edition of the all-women charity fun run, She Runs 2016, organised by Fitness Zone, continues to receive international acclaim with famed stars Ella, Blackie and Nichkhun of Korean boy band 2PM becoming the latest glitterati to endorse the event.

The celebrities expressed their support for the charity run during the recent ‘Beat the Champions’ reality TV show in China, said Wu Chun, the Brunei-born international super star, who is also the Managing Director of Fitness Zone.

“One of the best things in life is to get the support from your friends when you needed it most. She Runs is a very meaningful event and when I shared this project with my celebrity friends, they were upbeat and wanted to be part of it.”

Wu Chun was invited to Shanghai to join the final episode of the reality show alongside Ella, Blackie, Nichkhun and NBA superstar guest, Tracy McGrady.

“I am so happy that She Runs is receiving such a positive response from the public after last year’s success and our team is full of passion to make the event more meaningful and fun this year for all the participants and our proud sponsors,” Wu Chun said.

On the opportunity to play basketball with Tracy Mcgrady, Wu Chun said he has a special feeling for basketball.

“Basketball has already been an important part of my life. Many parents don’t realise the importance of getting their children involve in sports. Sports help children develop physical skills, get healthy, be a team player, learn to play fair, and improve self-esteem.

“I had the chance to work with the NBA superstar, Tracy McGrady in the TV reality show.

“His success is all about hard work which is why his story is full of inspirations and he is a great role model for his fans.

“It’s also one of my dreams to inspire our children to live an active lifestyle and I hope all parents will start becoming a good role model for their children.

“It’s not easy, but we know it’s worth our time and effort.”

Set to take place on May 15, 2016, She Runs this year aims to raise funds for two non-government organisations – the Children’s Cancer Foundation (YASKA) which supports children diagnosed with cancer and their families while they undergo treatment, and the Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam (SOBD).

Split into two categories of 3.7km and 5km, She Runs 2016 is limited to 1,500 participants.

Online registration at sheruns.com.bn has commenced on March 23 and will conclude on April 10.