24th June, 2012
BIGGEST SPOSNORSHIP FROM REALUX S/B … Wilson Wong (2nd from right) handing over his sponsorship to Juan and Hiew, while Sunny Ho (far left) looks on.
KOTA KINABALU: Ground handler, the Sabah Off-Road Adventure Association (SOAA) is overwhelmed with the tremendous response from participants and sponsors, where to-date sponsorships have reached RM200,000.
Chief coordinator and SOAA Pro-tem President Hiew Min Kiyun said yesterday, they did not expect to reach that amount to-date as more sponsors, both in products and cash keep pouring in as the Sandakan Fest 4×4 Off-Road Challenge draws nearer (June 29-July 1).
To-date, they have so far received sponsorship in kind alone from generous sponsors amounting to more than RM150,000, which is beyond their expectations, because they initially targeted around RM60,000.
Referring to participants in the Car Show and competitors for the amateur and hardcore challenge, which promises cash prizes worth RM32,000, have also been very encouraging.
In view of this, he called on all participants and competitors to submit their entry forms as soon as possible rather than wait for the last minute to register on the actual event day on June 29 to avoid any rush.
“We intend to start the first Special Stage at 10am sharp on June 29, and those latecomers might not get the chance to register, especially when they arrive late at the campsite for registration,” he said.
“We have got only about two hours to conduct the registration of all the three categories, starting as early as 8am until 10am.”
He said, upon registration apart from staging the first special stage, they also need time to organise the car show event, where those participating in this category (car show) must assemble early and park their vehicles at designated parking lot for display and judging.
The special stage will stop at 2pm to pave the way for the official opening ceremony by the Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Peter Pang En Yin, where the Sandakan Municipal Council (MPS) President Datuk Ir. James Wong and his committee, will be on hand to receive him.
The competition will resume at around 4.30pm and is expected to continue until the evening for the night special stages.
The next day (June 30), the special stages and car show will commence at 8am until 5.30pm, where the remaining unfinished SS will be held on July 1 (Sunday) until the afternoon for the closing and prize giving ceremony.
Both James and Hiew were very impressed with the ground handlers from Kota Kinabalu, led by Alvin Leong and his hardworking team, who showed great anticipation, cooperation and excellent teamwork in building the see saw and bridge obstacles in a very short time.
Hiew added, the 200 acre event site at Tinusa Bay, off Mile 5, Northern Ring Road (Army Camp) is open to all those who want to set up their camps or tents, where fresh water (drinking and bathing) and toilets are available on site.
Meanwhile, Hiew and his sponsorship manager Juan Pablo yesterday, received another boost, when Realux Sdn Bhd’s Wilson Wong dished out the biggest sponsorship contribution towards the event which was worth more than RM15,000 in kind.
Wilson, who had earlier promised to support the event came in with five sets of four-wheel-drive shock absorbers, car stickers and 200 pieces of T-shirts among other goodies.
This was followed by a cash sponsorship of RM3,000 from Bestaway Enterprise Sdn Bhd’s Ngg Chew Vui, who handed it to Hiew during a visit to his workshop in Inanam.