They carried all kinds of things, including bags of cement and computers.
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More than 100 hikers volunteered to help a school teacher carry much-needed supplies 10km through the Croker Range to a remote school near Penampang, Sabah.
The group made the trip over the weekend to Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Longkogungan, located in the interiors of Sabah about 70km from Penampang, after the teacher Harry Yanto Bikal posted the request for help on social media platforms, including WhatsApp.
The expedition was headed by Harry himself and co-managed by tourism student Siscariell Maikol from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).
The group of hikers transported an impressive and surprising array of things. According to Bernama, some of the things included different types of cooking equipment, several bags of cement, bed linens, and computers, all of which were donated by Junior Chamber International Kota Kinabalu and Mercy Malaysia.
Speaking to reporters who also joined the expedition, Harry said that the hike began with the volunteers gathering at Gunung Emas.
All the volunteers gathered at Batu 32, Jalan Penampang-Tambunan, or better known as Gunung Emas, before the charity climb and jungle trek started.Harry Yanto Bikal via Bernama
The journey required the hikers to cross all kinds of treacherous terrains, such as rivers, a log bridge and steep slopes.
Their challenging expedition ended happily on Sunday (26 July) with SK Longkogungan headmaster Sunny Yong Ken Vun graciously thanking the hikers for their help in safely transporting the supplies to the school.
This isn’t Harry’s first inspiring expedition for his students, as he’s actually made headlines before when he carried a 40kg refrigerator on his back through the forest to the school.
When deciding how to make a similar trip with the latest load, Harry had the idea to ask his hiking friends for some help and received an overwhelming response.
Siscariell shared that he was inspired to make this trip, which would ordinarily take about six hours on foot, a success after he watched the video of Harry determinedly carrying the fridge on his back.
FYI, Harry’s feat with the refrigerator did not go unnoticed, the dedicated teacher received the Guru Adiwira award from the Sabah Education Department during a state-level Teacher’s Day celebration.
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