DMU students encouraged to take 5KM ‘Tiger Run’

DMU students are being encouraged to take part in a Tiger Run to show solidarity with students at our trans-national education partner Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU). They are being encouraged to follow the lead of Rajveen Kaur (pictured), 21, a graduating FinTech student from APU, who is passionate about animals, the environment and its sustainability, has recently been elected as one of the Malayan tigers’ conservationists. Rajveen was elected by the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) for its Youth for Tigers (Y4T) programme, as youths have a key role to play in bringing about positive change for the Panthera Tigris Jacksoni – the scientific name for this protected animal species. Officially carrying out her duty as a “Stripe” – a title for the five student leaders from respective universities selected as tigers conservationists, with tenure from August 2022 to February 2023 – she is expected to work with other team members to organise a group project, as well as an individual project for Y4T aimed at raising awareness and funds.

One of the first activities is a Tiger Run – DMU students are being encouraged to run 5km for the cause on Sunday December 18, show solidarity with the APU campaigners and support SDG 15 – Life on Land. Details can be found here:

The appointment of student leaders for the newly launched Y4T programme was announced in mid-August 2022. 

“Malaysia is left with fewer than 100 Malayan tigers, and we are supposed to help to increase the population rate. Many of us are not aware that if the tiger population decreases or becomes extinct, the biodiversity will collapse. 

There will be an overpopulation of certain species causing an imbalance in the ecosystem which eventually threatens our human species in future,” explained Rajveen, an active member of the Integrated Sustainability & Urban Creativity Centre (ISUC) Student Chapter at APU. 

Admitting that she is not an outdoor activity lover, Rajveen nonetheless wants to grab this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step out of her comfort zone and learn how to conserve Malayan tigers. 

Adjusting to her new role in the second month, Rajveen underwent her first excursion to Sungai Yu Ecological Corridor, located 15 km south of the Taman Negara National Park entrance with a diversity of mammals, to experience CAT Walk. 

CAT Walk is a flagship programme organised by Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT) under MYCAT. It calls upon citizen volunteers to patrol a critical wildlife corridor, identify signs of wildlife, and report poaching, illegal mining and forest clearing.

The three days and two nights’ adventure were indeed an extraordinary experience for Rajveen, “We arrived late afternoon and the next morning, with the help of Adi, an aborigine from the local community commonly known as Orang Batik, we embarked on a patrolling mission.” 

“It was a very steep trail, we heard sounds of different animals in the forest as if I was in a Bear Grylls wildlife adventure series,” she sniggered, “We also saw marks of tiger scratches on the tree branches.”

“We headed to MYCAT fieldhouse to brainstorm on our individual and group projects and ended the night with a campfire and barbeque. We were introduced to Alex Jack, who is in charge of the reforestation project and looks after a plant nursery near Batik Village.” 

When asked what was most rewarding to be part of the movement, Rajveen, who dreams to be able to work with the United Nations on climate action and sustainable development goals said, “I am putting my foot forward in helping our much-deserved tigers!”

“I will be more happy and contented if I can get some youths involved and create a change for the tigers in the future. I strongly believe that it is our duty, to create a better world and environment for tigers that are on the brink of extinction.”

“I have always wanted to put my best efforts to maintain, preserve and conserve our mother earth and the other living creatures that reside with it.” – Rajveen Kaur.

Proud of a “Stripe” from APU, ISUC Student Chapter advisor, Ms Abbhirami Sivarajan said, “We are happy to see Rajveen pass through a stringent screening process and finally been elected as the Malayan tigers’ conservationist. 

I believe through a structured programme of mentorship and project-based challenges, she will be able to create tangible positive impacts on the environment and biodiversity, together with the rest of the Stripes,” said Abbhirami.  

Founded in 2021, the ISUC Student Chapter works hand-in-hand with the ISUC research centre’s main objectives that align with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) prompted by the United Nations. For Rajveen, here is a stepping stone to put her efforts into maintaining, preserving, and conserving mother earth.  

“It has been an eye-opening experience for me with lots of growth and lessons to learn from by working on projects and activities that contribute to environmental sustainability with other highly dedicated and passionate club members,” she concluded. 

DMU students (and staff) are asked to participate by using the donation link f(£5 suggested) :- https://gogetfunding.com/save-the-tigers/

And to register here:- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16OUBfRq_IY06pB9YxU1mYKEv27b_NN3bW7w-SNVtFYY/edit

If you take part in the Tiger Run, let the SDg16 hub at DMU know and share photos by emailing: dmusdg16@dmu.ac.uk

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