Elvis Spotted On Penang!!


Last year it was rumoured that Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Superman and Spiderman had all been seen running out of the Hard Rock Hotel car park at 7am. No these were not ghostly apiritions but runners in the first Rock To Rock Fun Run organised by the Hard Rock Hotel.

Rock To Rock Run Returns


The official launch of the 2nd Rock To Rock Run took place today at Hard Rock Hotel Penang in their legendary Hard Rock cafe.Following the success of last years event this charity fun run has returned for bigger and better things. Last years Rock To Rock Run raised over RM40,000 and they have set their sights a little higher this year with a target of RM50,000.

rocktorock2011presslaunch Rock To Rock Run is organised by the Hard Rock Hotel with the support of Penang State Government, Penang Amateur Athletics Association (PAAA) and Majlis Sukan Negari (MSN) is scheduled to be held on November 13th, 2011 from 06.30am at Batu Ferringhi to Teluk Bahang.

All funds raised from this run will be shared between the Crystal Family Home (CFH) and Association of Rehab of the Disabled (ARD). CFH are currently supporting 11 kids and it is hoped to allocate funds to support the kids for the next 2 years.

The run itself will take place early in the morning to avoid the heat and cause the least amount of disruption to the traffic as possible. Starting at the Hard rock Hotel runners climb up to the Tropical Spice Garden and then back again. The 3.8km course could not be more scenic if it tried. The coastline here has wonderful beaches and fishing boats moored just offshore to one side and the tropical tree covered hills rising steeply on the other side.

HardRockChandelierLast year’s sponsors AMD (who have generously donated RM20,000), Lions Club Gold Coast and Tropical Spice Garden have all returned and proceeded to hand over their cheques today in support of this charitable event. New sponsorship has been donated by the Penang Turf Club, Agilent Technologies and Brooks.

The event was MC’d by Hard rock Hotels Director of Human Resources, Thomas Ch’ng who introduced the charities and the sponsors as well as explain the event details. The press were there in strength and ably organised, fed, watered and informed as always by the Hard Rock Hotel Marketing and communications Manager, Elisa Saw.

Hard rock hotel Penang’s Executive Assistant Manager, Shane Coates was there to thank everyone from the co-organisers, sponsors and press to all last years participants.PlatinumSponsorAMDatHardRock

“In 2010, we witnessed a great success from the first Rock To Rock Run. Our first charity together with our generous sponsors successfully raised over RM40,000 for a charitable Home in Penang. This year, we are confident to exceed our past success based on the support from the sponsors and the response that we have been receiving from the runners. Everyone is looking forward to this event” Said Shane Coates.

The launch was officiated by the Y.B. Lydia Ong Kok Fooi, Exco of Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development. Also present were Mr. Leong Chee Cheow from AMD, Mr Francis Goh from Lions Club (Gold Coast) Penang, Mr. Govindasamy Veeriah from Penang Amateur Athletics Association (PAAA), Mr. Haji Mohamed Akbar Bin Mustapha, the director of Tourism Recreation Department of International relations of Majlis Sukan Negari (MSN), Pastor David Barnabas and Sister Esther Barnabas of Crystal Family Home and Dato’ Haji Azmi Merican; Honorary Chairman of Persatuan Permulihan Orang-Orang Cacat Negeri Pulau Pinang.


Crystal Family Home

Crystal Family Home (CFH) is a non-profit voluntary welfare organisation established by coupleDavid and Esther Barnabas in 2009 to help children who need a home. Children in need at the home include those who are being raised by grandparents who are no longer able; children who have been abused, neglected, orphaned, troubles or poor, and children from dysfunctional families.

Association Of Rehab Of The Disabled

Association Of Rehab Of The Disabled is a non-profit organisation established in 1989 at Jalan Besi, Green Lane. The Association provides opportunities for disabled persons – both physically and intellectually – to gain employment. By sub-contracting parts from local factories, the disabled are trained to repair electronic components as well as to assemble jewellery boxes. As such, they get to contribute at work while making a decent wage.

Registration – Get in fast!!

Rock to Rock is open for a maximum of 7 days (or until all 1500 spots are filled, whichever comes first) to register from October 1st until the 7th. registration fee is RM50 per person (inclusive of a Hard Rock Hotel special edition T-Shirt). More information about the run and registration forms are available at penang.hardrockhotels.net