28th July 2018, Kuala Lumpur – Institute Jantung Negara (IJN) has embarked on the “Cycling Paradise @ Genting Sempah” project to encourage more Malaysians to take up an active lifestyle.
This project carried out in collaboration with the Selangor Youth Community (SAY), seeks to ensure that the popular cycling trail from Jalan Gombak to Genting Sempah is safe and clean for cyclists.
Under the initiative, IJN will adopt 15km of the route to be under its care to ensure that it is suitable for cyclists to engage in their sport. Among the issues, the initiative seeks to remedy are the poor waste disposal management and a lack of shelters along the route.
Aside from organizing clean-ups of the route, IJN will also set up five rest areas for cyclists that will include facilities such as benches and bicycle racks. The centre further plans to put up messages along the route, to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle among the public.
The first phase of the project kicked off with this morning with a gotong-royong effort starting from the Hospital Orang Asli in Jalan Gombak, with volunteers from IJN, SAY, and all the government agencies involved such as JKR, Forestry, and MPS carrying out a mass clean-up of rubbish thrown by the side of the road.
The event was officiated by DYTM Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj, who is also the royal patron of SAY. IJN chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Azhari Yakub said IJN’s involvement in the project stemmed from a need to take a proactive approach in improving heart health in the community.
He added that the project was a way for IJN to give back to the community beyond healthcare alone.
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