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Hutan Itu Indonesia spreads nature awareness through fun run

Dyaning Pangestika
Dyaning Pangestika

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, June 29, 2019  /  09:15 pm
Hutan Itu Indonesia spreads nature awareness through fun run

The co-founder of Hutan Itu Indonesia, Rinawati Eko (second left), poses with the World Resource Institute researcher Dean Affandi (left), musician Kafin Sulthan (second right) and the 2019 Kulari Ke Hutan race director Arief Taufani during a press conference on June 27. (Hutan Itu Indonesia/-)

To increase public awareness of nature preservation, pro-environment group Hutan Itu Indonesia (Forest is Indonesia) is to hold a fun run on June 30. 

The event, called the Kulari Ke Hutan (I ran to the forest) Fun Run, was first held in 2016.

The fun run is unique, as participants are able to adopt a tree every time they complete a five-kilometer stretch. As the event is two hours long, runners have the opportunity to adopt as many trees as possible the faster they move.

The group's co-founder, Rinawati Eko, said that the event was inspired by her love for sports and forests.

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“I love the forest and also running and then I thought to myself: Why didn’t I make a fun event that can combine both? Hence this fun run was born,” Rinawati told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. 

Unlike in previous fun runs, the group opened a new category for children to allow them to participate. 

“We want to increase awareness of forest preservation in the younger generations,” Rinawati said.

Established in 2016, Hutan Itu Indonesia is currently supported by 40 partners and 400 volunteers across Indonesia. (kes)

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