Chariofare 2016 The International Medical University (IMU) is a private medical university established in 1992. With the vision to serve society through community involvement, engaging both students and staff, the IMU Cares programme was established in 2002. To date, each year there are more than 50 projects for students and staff to engage with our community partners. One of IMU Cares’ main initiatives is Chariofare, an annual flagship fundraising project initiated in 2012. Comprising of two major events, a Charity Run and a Carnival, Chariofare originated with the idea of running for a cause while raising funds to support the less fortunate. Uniquely designed to encourage social entrepreneurship among students, Chariofare is led by a dedicated team of first year students with the support of IMU staff as advisors. Each year, a group of 40 student committee members motivate and mobilise over 380 other student volunteers to make Chariofare successful.

Over the past 5 years, Chariofare has raised more than RM800,000, with the support of 7,668 runners and 333 sponsors. All proceeds of Chariofare were donated to 19 beneficiaries of choice according to their needs, which benefited at least 5,000 individuals. Some of the key impacts include:

Key Impacts:

  1. Stroke Rehabilitation Programme under the National Stroke Association of Malaysia (NASAM), which was attended by 1,500 people. The hospice centres at Penang and Negeri Sembilan were also funded a total sum of RM140,000 to provide palliative care services for terminally ill patients in their own homes.
  2. Medical fund for underprivileged children (RM40,000 to benefit 78 children and their family from Dignity for Children Foundation (DFC).
  3. Rebuilding of a burned down children’s home (Rumah Victory at Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur, which benefitted 22 children).
  4. Provide additional hygiene facilities for children’s homes (two additional bathrooms for Rumah Titian Kaseh at Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur, to accommodate the needs of over 50 children).
  5. Expansion of cooking facilities for a charity home (Home of Peace at Taman Overseas Union, Kuala Lumpur, which houses 17 underprivileged girls).
  6. Support the education fees of children (benefitted 109 children aged 5 to 22 years old at Ti-Ratana Welfare Society in Kuala Lumpur).
  7. Purchase of rehabilitation and medical equipment for disabled children’s home (benefitted 140 children at Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-kanak Cacat Taman Megah).
  8. Under Humanitarian Aid, funds were collected and used to support disaster relief projects (such as the Flood Relief Programme at Kuala Krai, Kelantan that delivered urgent aid to affected 800 families in five villages. Other relief programmes included the Haiyan Typhoon in the Philippines in 2013 and the Nepal Earthquake and Chennai Flood in 2015).

The sustainability of Chariofare stems from the dedication of the IMU students and staff, and the continued support from returning groups of runners from the community and the corporate sector. Chariofare is a recognised brand by the community as a champion of humanitarian aid that encompasses healthy lifestyle integrated with fun for all ages. Commitment of our staff and students combined with engaging the community and smart partnership is the key to our success.

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Project Details

If you are interested to know more or have any enquiries on this project, kindly drop an email to the project leader below.

Key Project: Chariofare
Project Leader: Chariofare Student Organising Committee
Project Advisor: IMU Cares Office
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Serving the community is a manifestation of the University's core values but also as part of experiential learning, generally, a very effective form of learning - Walking the Talk.