The purpose of this fund raising is to help one of our committee members a disabled man Edward Taning, 59, who is attempting to climb Mount Kinabalu in reverse to raise funds for the community.
At a young age of nine, Edward was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which permanently affects his movement. Despite his condition, the 59-year-old farmer from Kampung Mangkaladom in Kiulu Malaysia will be attempting to ascend and descend the country’s highest mountain all while walking backwards.
The charity project, called Edward Gostaning Summit Kinabalu Jasamu Dikenang, is spearheaded by the Persatuan Pemangkin Komuniti Sabah (PKOMS), an NGO that Edward is a part of as Deputy chairman of the association.
The project aims to raise RM500,000 for various fundraising purposes, which include raising funds for the Cerebral Palsy Charity, building a teacher house in SK Kiau Kota Belud 1 and raise funds for the Society of the Blind Tuaran.
Despite his disability, he wants to prove to others that all of us can do the impossible. This is something I want to do for charity.
According to Edward, his attempt will take place from 22 Feb to 27 Feb 2022 next year, covering a total distance of 20 kilometers. It will take six days and five nights to complete the challenge But despite the sheer difficulty, he is no stranger to doing similar stints.
In 1992, he walked backward from Inanam to the peak of Mount Kinabalu before descending the mountain normally, cementing his status as the first person to achieve that feat in the Malaysia Book of Record. According to Edward, he managed to do that in just 61 hours.
He also had walked 342km backward from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu in 2009 and walked 404km from Lahad Datu to Penampang in 2012, both to raise funds for the Seri Mengasih Centre and Bukit Harapan respectively. According to him, living with a disability did not stop him from contributing to society.
Aiming to break the world record :
With the upcoming climb, he is also planning to break the Guinness World Records, or at the very least, mark his name in the Malaysia Book of Record again. However, he is not doing this to gain fame.
“What I’m doing is not to seek popularity; I want to prove that people with disabilities can be successful too. I will prove that age is also not a barrier to achieve success.”
If you wish to contribute directly via Bank Transfer in Malaysian Ringgit, here are our banking details:
Account Name : Persatuan Pemangkin Komuniti Sabah
Account No : 8010775359
Bank : CIMB
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