An event that protected and cared my underarms

I was delighted when I was invited to participate in Nivea Care Run 2017 as one of the media and bloggers. Nivea was one of the brands that is close to my heart – I have been using Nivea for years, I am sure at one point in our life we had used a bottle of Nivea deodorant.

Proof that taking care of your underams can be fun too!

However, this newly launched Protect & Care deodorant is definitely different and special. Not only must we be concerned about the cleanliness of our underarms, we must protect and care about the skin too. Just because our underarms are covered most of the time, it does not mean that we should pay less attention to it or neglect it. Thanks to the special Nivea Creme ingredient in this deodorant, my skin felt smoother and appeared lighter too.

I’m sure I was the only one who wished these giant deodorants weren’t just replicas!

In conclusion, it was a fun and informative run. I get to learn a lot of tips on taking care of my underarms, along with the generous goodie bag. Many thanks to Janet and Nivea for the slot!

Read up on the official press release below:

NIVEA PROTECT & CARE BRINGS MALAYSIANS TOGETHER TO CARE FOR THEMSELVES AND THOSE IN NEED

Putrajaya, 29 October 2017 – Almost 2,500 Malaysians gathered at Putrajaya for the NIVEA Care Run, hosted by NIVEA Protect & Care, a gentle yet long-lasting deodorant designed to care for the underarm skin. Expanding on its theme, ‘Protects What You Care’ to include care to the community, a contribution of RM20,000 from the run was also donated to Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia (Penyayang), an established charity organisation that supports Malaysians in need.

 

Pic 1: NIVEA Care Run flag-off (from far left): Celebrity guest Siti Saleha; Ms Shirley Toh, Sales Director of Beiersdorf Malaysia; Mr Ng Hock Guan, Country Manager of Beiersdorf Malaysia & Singapore and Mr Cheong Wai Lun, Head of Marketing of Beiersdorf Malaysia.

Pic 2: About 2,500 NIVEA Care Run participants start their run after the flag-off by the NIVEA management team and celebrity guest Siti Saleha

NIVEA Protect & Care deodorant uses an alcohol-free formula that is tough on sweat, offering up to 48 hours of protection, while its skin-friendly ingredients leave underarms skin softer and smoother.  Enriched with the essence of NIVEA Crème, it nourishes and cares for the underarms with its distinctive ingredients and delicate scent.

 

“NIVEA Protect & Care is privileged to collaborate with PENYAYANG in their efforts to support Malaysians in need,” said Ng Hock Guan, Country Manager for Beiersdorf Malaysia & Singapore. “Today’s run is closely aligned with our brand proposition for NIVEA Protect & Care deodorant, where protection and care come hand in hand. Hence, we are also very grateful to all our partners and sponsors for working together with us to support this cause. We are also very proud that so many Malaysians have come forth to support the NIVEA Care Run. Each participant has played a role in today’s success.”

 

To raise further awareness about underarm care, participants of the NIVEA Care Run were presented with plenty of skin facts such as the extent of skin damage caused by shaving and tweezing and how debris removed during shaving may contain up to 36% of skin*, shown via a skin test demonstration.

Pic 3: A contribution of RM20,000 from NIVEA Care Run was presented to Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia (PENYAYANG) to support Malaysians in need.
[From L-R] Mr Ng Hock Guan, Country Manager for Beiersdorf Malaysia & Singapore, Mr Cheong Wai Lun, Head of Marketing of Beiersdorf Malaysia, Dato’ Leela Mohd Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Yayasan Budi Penyayang and En. Ariff Farhan, General Manager of Yayasan Budi Penyayang.

Other activities at the run included a “Protect & Care” pledge wall where participants could leave messages to express their care for loved ones, a PENYAYANG booth, lucky draws and photo booths, with the presence of local celebrities Siti Saleha, Nadia Heng and Fiqrie.

Pic 4: Participants pledge messages of “protect & care” for their loved ones at NIVEA Care Run.

With great support from runners, sponsors and partners, the NIVEA Care Run was a resounding success, achieving its objective to raise awareness about underarm care while raising funds to help protect and care for others.

Pic 5: Siti Saleha shares her underarm care tips with NIVEA Care Run participants

NIVEA Protect & Care deodorant is available in 50ml roll-on bottles at RM11.30 and 150ml sprays at RM17.50 (West & East Malaysia) at all leading stores and pharmacies nationwide.

 

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/mynivea to find out more about NIVEA products.

Ramadhan Food Pack by FTPC (For the People & Community)

Assalamualaikum & may your fitness be at its best,

Through NashataRun4Charity, in April, six runners ran 571 km and raised more than SG400 to FTPC. Although small, we hope the contribution help families in need of little help during Ramadhan.  The cause was chosen by the running team in Singapore and the money raised from the run was used for Ramadhan Distribution.

Alhamdulillah, yesterday (the Sunday before Ramadhan starts), FTPC members and volunteers distributed Ramadhan packs at Henderson Block 93, Singapore.

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Efah the lead nashatarunner, Yasmin – the founder of FTPC, Radzelah & daughter who ran virtually with us at last month

FTPC & Volunteers ready for hard work!

FTPC & Volunteers ready for hard work!

The sisters ran and ran
On the last Saturday of April, Renee, Raudah and Efah gathered together and ran 21km. They ran and took a lot of pictures in the heart of downtown Singapore. No one would run 21km on a weekend other than running at an event – but these girls did!

Too happy to run 21km together on Saturday Morning

Too happy to run 21km together on last Saturday morning of April

Raudah, Renee and Efah painting Singapore Green

Raudah, Renee and Efah painted Singapore Green : 21km

Nahsuhah and I also ran on the same day, at the same time virtually. Nahsuhah ran in Kuching while I ran in Cyberjaya. All of us planned to wear in shades of blue and green in the spirit of running together.

Nahsuhah & I too ran at the same time - virtually.

Nahsuhah & I ran at the same day and time – virtually.

What about those who joined NashataRun4Charity?

Those who joined and ran with us virtually get Nashata EZ Skirt at the end of the run. The proceeds goes to FTPC. We try very hard to make sure we get to raise as much funds for the charity of choice of the runners.

Despite the hard work and tremendous weight lost, all of them would want to run for charity again. #takserik.  Singapore – we will do this again, improved insyaAllah.

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Those who joined the run and ran virtually with us receive #nashatarun4charity EZ Skirt

About NashataRun4Charity

Singapore is the third country where we activated #nashatarun4charity. To date, since it started in Feb 2017, through the runs in Brunei, South Africa and Singapore, we have gathered runners to run more than 1941 km and raised more than RM4,000 for charity. Alhamdulillah for the opportunity to run and donate.

Our heartfelt gratitude and special thanks to those who ran with us, sponsored and supported us. Have a blessed Ramadhan and please do support our future runs.

Nashata Runners and Running Sisters #nashatarun4charity

Nashata Runners and Running Sisters #nashatarun4charity

#NashataRun4Charity Continues to Singapore

We ended #NashataRun4CharitySouthAfrica on 31st March with 717km with 4 runners from South Africa and 2 Nashata runners.

In April’17, Aida Saini, Rose Saini, Renee Ismail, Raudhah Abdul Rahim, Nahsuhah, Muzdalifah Anuar from Singapore & Malaysia pledge to run to raise funds for For The People & Community-FTPC for  Ramadhan Grocery Pack Distribution in Singapore.

For the run in Singapore, we welcome all of you to be a part of it too! You can JOIN the run virtually for RM69 or SPONSOR the run for at least RM22

1. Join the Run

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  • Virtual run with the runners wherever you are for RM69 only. You get a Nashata EZ Finisher Skirt worth RM59 when you run more than 10km in the month of April.
    Shipping fees are not included for countries other than Malaysia.
  • Nashata EZ Finisher Skirt

    Nashata EZ Finisher Skirt

  • You can post your runs and use hashtags #nashatarun4charitySingapore #nashatarun4charity
  • For proof of mileage for finisher skirt, post your final mileage on instagram and add #nashatarun4charitySingapore and your order number in caption.
    Final date to post to claim for finisher is 1st May 11:59pm Singapore time. Make sure your account is public until 2nd May 2017 11:59pm
  • Shipping of finisher skirts starts 3rd May onwards

2. Sponsor the Run

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  • Sponsor the run for RM22 only. Add +quantity to contribute more!
    Proceeds would go to FTPC
  • Follow and support the runners on social media. These are the hashtags for the run #nashatarun4charitySingapore  #nashatarun4charity

Meet the Runners

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Running Sisters from Singapore & Malaysia

About FTPC:

Started in Jan 26 2012 by a group of friends giving out cooked porridge to the needy.
Since the years we have evolved into giving Grocery bags, Medi Kits amongst others.

 Funds raised are for Ramadhan Grocery Pack Distribution

Funds raised are for Ramadhan Grocery Pack Distribution

Their effort is #powerbythecommunity as all contributions comes from friends and families within the community of good hearted people. FTPC is previously known as ‘FEED THE POOR CAMPAIGN’.

About Nashata Run for Charity

It is a virtual run that aims to raise funds for the  ‘Charity of Choice’ in a new country every month. Nashata runners together with a group of runners in respective country would run virtually for the whole month. The runners get to choose the cause and beneficiary of the run.  Nashata pays RM1 for every 1 KM each runner’s mileage.
To Join the Run :http://bit.ly/joinnashatarun4charitySG
To Sponsor the Run : http://bit.ly/SponsorNashataRun4CharitySG

Thank you for your support!

The Inspiring Running Niqabi From Durban

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Zaheda finished strong in her Half Marathon in Durban few weeks ago ?

Zaheda is one of the running sisters from Durban, South Africa who joined Nashata Virtual Run For Charity in March edition to support Baitul Aman Children Center in South Africa. Zaheda is 43 years old and a mother of 3. She runs in veil and in March and she collects the highest mileage among all which is 170km. Here are a few sharing about her passion in running in Q&A:

1. Q: When did Zaheda start running?

A : Fitness has always been a big part of my life from a young age but I only started running in my final year at school. I went to a school where athletics played a major role, but I never participated. In my final year, I felt like I wanted to finish knowing that I at least tried. I finished second last but I was bitten. Starting off was very difficult for me, I felt like I couldn’t breathe and I almost gave up but I didn’t. Everyday, I’d go back to it until slowly I started getting better and better at it and I was doing longer distances each time. I became hooked as I was happiest when I was out there. In terms of speed and pace I’m pretty slow but I’m working on it.

2. Q: How frequent does Zaheda run?

A: I aim for 25KM a week but this year, I’m quite busy so sometimes I was only running on my treadmill, 3 to 5km, 4 or 5 times per week. On a week day, I limit my running time to an hour.

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These are some of the recorded mileage collection for Nashata Virtual Run for Charity South Africa,..she manage to collect 170km in March 😉

3.Q : When and where does Zaheda run?

A: I run early in the mornings. I live in the area which is very near to the beach, so I always run along the beach on the promenade. I am a mum of 3, my kids are independent and grown up but I  try to run at time that doesn’t affect my family life. When I get back from my run, they are getting up and I’m there to prepare their breakfasts and school lunches and see them off to school.

Zaheda runs very early in the morning

4.Q : What motivates Zaheda to run?

A : My sister, Zainab run much faster, very disciplined and she is incredibly amazing and I draw my inspiration from her. We run together every Sunday and we always encourage each other to keep improve ourselves. Other than that. I have always found that running helps me get back in shape and I feel good when I’m running consistently. Unfortunately, life sometimes doesn’t allow you to do as you please always. That been said, I am also finding my time for it with proper time management and discipline you can always make it work; this is what my sister, Zainab taught me.

Note : Zainab runs at Nashata Virtual Run for Charity too and she runs FAST!

5. Q : How is Zaheda’s diet like?

A : As far as my diet, I’m not the most disciplined but I’m training myself to control my indulgences as well as my portions. What you eat really affects the way you run. Don’t take fizzy drinks, even the sugar free variety. I don’t really take supplements except my calcium supplement, so I try to eat healthy food and keep well hydrated. I also can only run on a empty stomach, if I eat before run I will feel lethargic. But, yes everyone is different, this works for me.

6. Q : How running change Zaheda’s life?

A : Running has had huge impact on my life. It helps me deal with the stress in life. I am healthier, fitter and I find that I don’t get sick often, Alhamdulillah. It is good for your body and mental well being. I often joke with my friends that I’m addicted to the endorphins and need to get my fix daily.

7. Q : What does Zaheda wear when she runs?

A: Initially I ran in an abaya but after a few near falls, I started customizing my gear and now I’ve discovered Nashata whose range I’m totally in love with. I now have the freedom of doing what I love, looking good and modest all at the same time.

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8. Q : How did Zaheda discover Nashata? 

A : I discovered Nashata by chance really, I searched Islamic Sportswear and it came up. Then, I followed them on Facebook. Eliza is very professional and it was absolute pleasure purchasing from her.

9. Q : What is Zaheda’s advice to other novice runners?

A :  My advice is please don’t give up. It is difficult at first but it gets easier and enjoyable. Listen to your body, rest when you feel like it and don’t feel guilty. I adorn the niqaab or face veil, I’m wearing it for 5 years now, Alhamdulillah. Initially I thought I’d never run again as I had never seen a niqaabi run. I used to do strength training with a personal trainer and we found that I was getting really strong but not really loosing weight and she suggested I start running again and for a while I found excuses, silly ones, what would people say, what would I wear until finally she pushed me so hard that I was out of excuses. Things that I learnt are don’t give up on your dreams, the only thing holding you back is YOURSELF. There is certain kind of magic in misery, ask any runners out there.

InsyaAllah, may all women out there will be inspired by Zaheda, the running Niqaabi 😉

Running on Hope at PEACE Run 2017

 

3 more days to join PEACE Run 2017. Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) 2017 cohort of students are organising a relief team destined for Nepal under the project Post-Earthquake Aid & Care for Nepal (PEACE NEPAL 2017). The team will be hosting a run as part of their fundraising activities to support the mission’s fund in July 2017.

There are three categories open for the public which are 3KM, 5KM and 10KM respectively, but the 3KM run is sold out. The registration fees are RM55 and RM65 for 5KM and 10KM respectively and RM60 for 10KM virtual run and with that you are entitled for a running shirt and a medal.

 

Peace Run 2017

Peace Run 2017

CUCMS’ students have been championing the international humanitarian mission in the South-East Asia for the past three years. The team divides the activities into two categories as for the short-term activities are medical check-up, mass circumcision and distribution of donation items. While the long-term activities are to build water pumps and provide solar panels to the local community.

The registration will end 31st March 2017 and participants can collect their race pack at DPulze Shopping Centre Cyberjaya on 13th April 2017. Let’s join the running on hope and don’t miss our #free medical check-up at the event!

Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/PEACERUN2017

Official sites:

 

Natura Run 2016

Today I woke up, dressed up, and laced up as usual for the Natura Run 2016. Nothing fancy, it was just a 15km run, just like any other run on any Sunday. However at 5km into the race I realised that my body was not cooperating. I knew that I wasn’t going to call it a day yet. Instead of hitching a ride on the patrolling ambulance, I decided to cut the run short by going into the 10km route instead. I guess I wasn’t ready to run to my fullest ability – I needed more time to recover from last week’s ultramarathon.

IMG_293110km instead of 15km. That’s all for today, folks.

This run has been receiving bad press and complaints since the first day of the race kit collection. The awkward size of the race t-shirt, delayed flagging-off by 30 minutes, no prizes for podium finishers, last minute route changes, no goody bag or freebies, no timing chip on the race bib…and which charity organization does the proceeds go to again??? At RM65, this run was not cheap. Nobody had high expectations- they just want their money’s worth.

 

IMG_2929This was all that I got for today, plus water, a packet of bread, and a banana.

 

Negative comments aside, let’s focus on the brighter side of the race today: The weather was pleasant because it rained yesterday, the route was scenic because we passed by a park with a vast lake. There was a calm, meditative, and stress-free feeling while running through that route. On top of that, there was ample parking space, enough water stations, free ice-cold Milo and cereal at the finishing line, supportive crowd and running community, and the volunteers were friendly and helpful.

 

IMG_2937Positive vibes despite negative comments about the event. I guess It takes more than a badly organized event to crush these people’s spirits.

 

Every race or event will have its plus and minus points. But in the end, all that matters is our passion for running and good sportsmanship.

 

Until next week,

The Weekend Runner.