Kinabalu Park Charity Run 2024

Run & Pave a Path for Hope


About Kinabalu Park

Nestled in the northern region of the island of Borneo, Kinabalu Park stands as a majestic testament to the marvels of nature. Encompassing an awe-inspiring landscape of towering peaks, lush valleys, and rich biodiversity, this 1st UNESCO World Heritage site is a haven for adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and wildlife lovers alike. Renowned for Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia, Kinabalu Park offers a unique and unforgettable experience that beckons travelers from across the globe.

Kinabalu Park holds the prestigious honor of being the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Malaysia, a distinction that further accentuates its significance on the global stage. This recognition was granted in the year 2000, acknowledging the park’s exceptional natural and cultural value, and cementing its place among the world’s most cherished protected areas.

Kinabalu Park boasts an extraordinary array of flora and fauna, making it a paradise for nature lovers. The park is home to over 4,500 species of plants, including the iconic Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower. Visitors can also encounter a remarkable diversity of animal species, such as the Bornean orangutan, clouded leopard, and countless endemic bird species. The park’s unique combination of lowland, montane, and alpine ecosystems has contributed to this astounding biodiversity.

the charity run

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Sabah, Kinabalu Park sets the stage for an extraordinary event with a noble cause – the Kinabalu Park Charity Run. Organized by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges in collaboration with Sabah Parks and Kinabalu Geopark, this annual run aims to make a difference in the lives of thousands of underprivileged children and communities residing in rural areas of Pitas, Kudat, and beyond. With your participation and support, we can create a world where every child has a chance to dream, learn, and thrive, and where the community receives the care and dignity they deserve.

The Cause: Empowering Vulnerable Communities

The reality for many children in rural areas of Sabah is one of unimaginable hardships – lacking access to basic necessities, education, healthcare, and the comfort of compassionate care. The Kinabalu Park Charity Run seeks to address these pressing issues and bring about positive change in the lives of these children and communities.

The organizers

Aspiring Kinabalu Geopark

The aspiring Kinabalu UNESCO Global Geopark (aKUGGp) is located in the north-western part of Sabah, Malaysia. The area covers three districts: Kota Belud, Kota Marudu and part of Ranau. The aspiring Kinabalu UNESCO Global Geopark covers an area of 4,750 km2. It covers the entire district of Kota Marudu (1,775 km2), Kota Belud (1,386.52 km2) and part of Ranau district (1,588 km2).

Sabah Parks

Sabah Parks is a governmental entity dedicated to the conservation, management, and protection of the natural wonders in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. Established in 1964, the agency plays a crucial role in safeguarding the region’s diverse ecosystems, unique wildlife, and cultural heritage. As the guardian of several national parks, including the renowned Kinabalu Park, Sabah Parks is at the forefront of promoting sustainable tourism and preserving Sabah’s natural treasures for future generations.

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges

Embracing an organic evolution spanning decades, Sutera Sanctuary Lodges has been the operator in these World Heritage Sites and blossomed into an emblem of intuitive and pioneering hospitality. Each of 4 Sutera Sanctuary Lodges’ captivating destinations, has been propelled by a profound purpose: to immerse guests in an unrivaled realm of service and experiences, setting an unparalleled standard of excellence, to nurture the local community and complimenting the beauty of the World Heritage Sites.


The Starfish mandate is to educate, elevate and empower rural communities in East Malaysia. We do this through:

At Starfish Foundation, we acknowledge that rural community development work is far reaching and the positive results are often seen only over an extended period of time. With this in mind, we have established two yardsticks to help us determine our work and the projects we are involved in. The two yardsticks are sustainability and impact.

Our projects have sustainable models that ensure that after the successful implementation and involvement of Starfish’s support, these local communities are empowered and have the right structures in places to continue to thrive even after the completion of a project. Sustainability starts with understanding the communities and people we work with. We work very hard to engage them at every level and hopefully, through our conversations and partnership, we are able to groom champions within these communities for the next generation.

The impact of our work is measured over time – whether it is helping to alleviate poverty or improve access to education – our projects are measured so that we can continue to close the gaps, innovate new models for change and record successes.

Achieving these two requires a lot of ground work (partnership), networking (collaboration) and mentoring (leadership) – of which Starfish strives to do in all our projects.


Palliative Care Association of Kota Kinabalu in 1994 and registered as a charitable organization  in 1998 to provide Palliative Care to patients with incurable advanced cancers in and around Kota Kinabalu.

Under the guidance of “Father of Palliative Care”, Datuk Dr Ranjit and “Mother of Palliative Care”, Datin Dr Molly, Palliative Care Association have been operating for fifteen years from “Rumah PCA ”. Palliative Care Association has a core staff of a Nurse Manager, one Medical Doctor, four full time Nurses Coordinators, one Administrative Secretary, a Driver and over 70 volunteers consisting of doctors, nurses and lay volunteers; who provide care for patients at home at any one time encompassing:


Contribution of RM1,800

Event Sponsorship Form

Event Date – 9 November 2024, Saturday | Event Time – 7.00AM to 12.00PM

Online bank transfer details as below:
Bank Name: Alliance Bank Berhad Malaysia
Beneficiary Name: Sutera Sanctuary Lodges Sdn Bhd
Bank Account: 10105 001000 3542
Bank Address: No. 6, Block B, Sedco Shophouses, P.O. Box 152, 89308 Ranau, Sabah
Bank Swift Code: MFBBMYKL

Please complete this form, make a copy for your records, and return with your payment to:  B-G-09, Block B, Ground Floor, Sutera Avenue, Lorong Lebuh Sutera, Sembulan, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah or email to 

Payment Options: Please make sure to indicate the payment method of the sponsorship and send us a copy of the payment receipt as a reference. All payment must be made before the 31st October 2024.

  1. Once registration has been duly processed, there will be strictly no refunds for Participants who do not eventually take part in the Event for whatever reason.
  2. The Organiser reserves the right to limit and/or refuse entry to the Event without giving any reason and/or notice. The Organiser also reserves the right at its absolute discretion to exclude or disqualify any participants whom the Organiser opines to be acting in any manner which is against the interest of the Organiser or the Event or which is in violation of the Rules and Regulations of the Event or in case of (suspicion of) foul play or fraud. It is the duty and responsibility of the Participant to ensure his/her legal eligibility to participate in the Event.
  3. The Organiser reserves the right to cancel, defer and/or add any Event category without prior notice to the Participant.
  4. Participant is strictly not allowed to transfer their Event entry to another party or change the Event categories after his/her registration has confirmed.
  5. Participant agrees to accept promotional materials / items from the Organiser whether in relation to the Event or otherwise.
  6. Registration fees will be charged in Malaysian Ringgit (RM).
  7. (1) ONE Running slot will ONLY be entitled to participants that have contributed a minimum of RM1,800.


Sabah parks award 2023

Best Socio-Ecological Responsibility Award 2023


Highly Commended Small Hotel - Malaysia


Best Luxury Collection Group in South East Asia
Best Luxury Beach Resort in Malaysia

Tripadvisor - Travellers Choice Award 2023

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges @ Kinabalu Park

The BrandLaureate SMEs BestBrands Awards 2023

Holiday Travel Destination

The Bizz Awards 2023

Business Excellence Awards

Sabah Parks Award 2023

Best Innovative Nature Tourism

Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2023

Best Luxury Mountain Lodge

Kayak - Best hotel

Manukan Island

Kayak - Best hotel

Kinabalu Park

Haute Grandeur Global Awards 2023

Best Lodge in Malaysia

HAPA Awards 2023
Best Service Excellence - Kinabalu Park & Laban Rata
Best Tourism Destination - Kinabalu Park & Laban Rata
Best Hotels & Resorts - Kinabalu Park
Resilience Award - Kinabalu Park & Laban Rata

Agoda Customer Review Awards 2023

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Kinabalu Park

Agoda Customer Review Awards 2023

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Manukan Island

World Luxury Hotel Awards 2022

Luxury Mountain Lodge - Global


Manukan Island

The Bizz awards 2022

Business Excellence Certificate awarded to
Sutera Sancturary Lodges

The bizz awards 2022

Business Excellence Certificate awarded to
General Manager


Manukan Island


Kinabalu Park

World Luxury Hotel Awards 2021

Luxury Mountain Lodge - Global

Travel & Hospitality Award 2021

The Award for Excellence in Service

Malaysia Prestige Awards 2020/2021

Nature Resort of the Year - Malaysia

WorlD Luxury hotel award 2020

Best General Manager - Asia

International Hotel Award 2020

Asia Pacific Hotel Awards in association with VitrA High Commended Small Hotel Malaysia


Asia Pacific Hotel Awards in association with VitrA High Commended Hotel Website Malaysia


Manukan Island


Manukan Island

World Luxury Hotel Award 2019

Luxury Mountain Lodge

World Luxury Hotel Award 2018

Luxury Mountain Lodge

Hapa Award 2018 – 2020

HAPA Boutique/ Concept Hotel/Resort

Hapa Award 2018 – 2020

HAPA Service Excellence Hotel Resort

Asian Lifestyle Tourism Award 2017

Best Eco-Tourism Destination in South East Asia

Asian Lifestyle Tourism Award 2017

Outstanding General Manager in Malaysia (Top 10) - Ravindran Kathiravelu

Agoda Gold Circle Award 2016

31st Aseanta Award For Excellence 2016

Best Asean Travel Article

Hapa Award 2013 – 2015

Hapa Best Lifestyle Living Experience

The World Best Brands Award 2013 – 2014

The Country Branding Award