A 57-year-old man has gone the extra mile to raise awareness and funds for cancer-stricken children.
Muchlis Ilyas walked for 320 kilometres from Johor to Pahang in his bid to collect funds for a non-governmental organisation (NGO) called Kumpulan Ibu Bapa dan Sokongan Anak-anak Kanser (KIDS).
The father-of-four who left from Desaru, Johor on Dec 25 completed his solo mission today when he reached Esplanade here at 11.15 am.
Muchlis, fondly known as Abu said he decided to embark on the mission as it was part of his effort to give back to the community and help the needy.
“I have nothing to give to these children and their family except my two legs which I can use to seek help for them or those in need.
“Touched by the challenges faced by the children especially after the COVID-19 pandemic hit Malaysia, I felt called to do something for them and their family,” he told reporters.
Muchlis said his leg injuries and the unpredictable weather had become among the challenges he faced while carryiong out his seven-day mission.
Throughout the mission, Muchlis said he spent the night in a tent which he carried along on a green trolley which also contained his other belongings such as drinking water, medicine and biscuits.
“On average, I walked about 50km to 60km in a day and started training since November. During the trip, I encountered wild animals such as snakes and wild cats especially when I walked pass forest areas,” he added.
Muchlis said he was also touched by the support he received from members of the public throughout the journey.
The self-employed said at first, he planned to walk from Makkah to Madinah to help the unfortunate, but the plan was dashed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Therefore, I decided to do it in Malaysia first and insyaAllah my next mission will be from Kelantan to Terengganu in March, followed by Kedah to Perak in June and before going back to Johor from Melaka in November,” he said.
Meanwhile, KIDS chairman Hamidah Tajudin said the NGO was deeply touched by Muchlis’ efforts to help ease the burden of parents who have children with cancer and raise funds for the organisation.
She said those who wish to contribute can do so through the association’s Maybank account number 5640 9850 8578.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency