Ora Et Labora Run 2019: Save Mill Hill

Answer you all for the trumpet is sounding! The Old Josephians’ Association (OJA) Kuching will be organising the 3rd consecutive Ora Et Labora Run themed ‘Save Mill Hill’ on the 27th July 2019. As before, the Run will start at the premises of SMK St. Joseph, Kuching, at 6.00am.

The Ora Et Labora Run aims at raising funds for the restoration of the Mill Hill Block.   Apart from that, the Run is an opportune time for a reunion for ex-students to gather and render service to their alma mater.

According to Datuk Prof. Dr. Sim Kui Hian who is the OJA President, “This year, we hope to raise RM100,000 through the annual Run. An estimated sum of RM3.7 million is expected to complete restoration works to enable the use of classrooms for lessons. At present the two front blocks are out of bounds for all as it is deemed unsafe. Prior to this, funds raised from annual dinners and contributions by former students have accumulated RM620,000 which will be channelled into the Mill Hill Block Restoration Fund.”

During the launching of Ora Et Labora Run 2019, Dr. Sim presented a RM620,000 cheque Chairman of SJS Mill Hill Block Restoration Committee, Father Felix Au.  Dr. Sim also handed two cheques worth RM10,000 each to SMK St Joseph and St Joseph Private School for the school to fund student’s extra-curricular activities. The sum was raised during the Ora Et Labora 2018.

Dr. Sim, who is also the Minister of Local Government and Housing added that generous contribution by company and individuals are most welcome to assist in the restoration of Mill Hill Block. OJA hopes to start the restoration of Mill Hill Blockin August 2018 in phases and target to complete the restorationin 2021.

On a side note, Father Felix Au who is also the Chairman of SMK St Joseph Board of Management added that the Mill Hill central building was constructed back in 1894 under the supervision of Fr Anthony Haidegger, the then Principal of St Joseph’s School. It was officially declared open by Rajah Charles Brooke, on 21 December 1894. The January 1895 issue of Sarawak Gazette described it as “the largest private work carried out in 1894 and indeed the largest building in Kuching”. In 1927, to meet the growing student population, the two wings, each three storeys, were added. These three buildings continued to serve the school well and stood as a historical legacy.

And responding to the rumour that SMK St Joseph would be absorbed to become part of St. Joseph’s Private School, Father Felix clarified that SMK St Joseph will continue to run independently a public school. It is noteworthy, however, that SK Joseph (primary school) will cease running after 2020. The primary school facilities will be taken over by Joseph’s Private School completely in 2021.

OJA is expecting at least 2,000 runners comprising current students, alumni and the public to take part in this year’s event.  The Run is divided into the 3km Fun Jog/Walk for families and children, 5km Fun Run and 10km competitive run where we have two categories; Open Category (Men and Women) for the public and to make it more interesting this year, the Team Challenge Category which is an inter-school competition. The first four arriving at the finishing line clinch a challenge trophy.  The trophy will be kept by the school after winning for two consecutive years. The Josephians’ Category for existing students, and alumni remains the same as last year’s.

All participants who finish the run will receive finisher medalsand for the 10km competitive run, the top 5 finishers will receive additional cash prizes.

The registration fees per person are RM45 for the 3km Fun Jog/Walk and 5km Fun Run, and RM55 for the 10km Competitive Run.  Each registered runner is entitled a T-shirt by Newton and a running bib. Entry forms can be obtained at Revolution Run Borneo – Green Heights, or online registration can be made through www.malaysiarunner.com .

The Old Josephians’ Association would like to extend itsgratitude to their main sponsor, Sarawak Energy Berhad and partners Revolution Run
Borneo, Kuching Happy Runner Club, and Ayam Brand for supporting this event.

For more enquiries on Ora Et Labora Run, please contact the Revolution Run Borneo office at 082-459 397. More information can be obtained on the Old Josephians’ Association website at www.sjoba.org.my , or at the Old Josephians’ Association Kuching Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oldjosephiansassociation .