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A German man is running across Borneo for charity

12th July, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: A German national will be running 1,700km from the Tip of Borneo towards the end of Borneo in Pontianak, Indonesia to raise charity for rainforest awareness and hydro energy projects.

The 28-year-old Andreas Bussinger hailing all the way from Nürnburg, Germany, will embark from the Tip of Borneo, Kudat, to Pontianak, Indonesia on a 60-day mission starting from July 15 (Sunday).

The retired civil engineer explained that this run is a collaboration with NGO-based Lightup Borneo with the mission to raise awareness in promoting electricity and lighting as well as clean energy in Borneo’s vast interior filled with remote villages.

“A run across Borneo has never been done before and this would be a new ‘record’ by setting myself the mammoth task of running over 1,500km through Borneo where the unpredictable here means that I can experience the blazing hot sun for one moment and a complete wash of rain at the other.

“This will not be an easy endeavour with mosquitoes, steep hill climbs as well as temperature and humidity close to 100 per cent. I am prepared for blood, sweat, and tears,” he said in a press conference held at Lightup Borneo HQ in Penampang, yesterday.

He added that he is not a professional runner and had never run over 25km in one go in his life but with his strong will, dream, and vision, he is prepared to go great length with determination.

“I have been training myself every day for two hours for the past few months, and I plan to run in wee hours of the morning and late in the evening while avoiding the hot sun,” he explained.

Prior to this, Andreas along with his wife Kim Min Jong, 32, and his two children have set off from Germany to Peninsula Malaysia in a Mercedes-Benz 310D campervan before setting on the island of Borneo.

He traversed through 25 countries for the past two years, experiencing the vast culture of different countries, such as Russia, China, and more.

Andreas had also been involved with several other projects in the country prior to this, including Rhino and Forest Fund, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, as well as an Orang Asli community in the peninsula.

   
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