Black Ribbons for MH17, MH370

Running with black ribbons in remembrance of lost ones on flights MH17 and MH370

Gaited Community with black ribbons for MH17, MH370
Fairy (2nd from right) and her Gaited Community running friends in the wee hours at Putrajaya

As we reach the end of Ramadan, my weekly Friday long slow distance (LSD) runs with the Gaited Community are also winding down. Friday, 25 July 2014, was our last one for this year and I am happy that I was able to join them for most of the month in my preparation for KL Marathon.

Running in the fasting month has not been without its challenges. These late night runs demand you to be motivated and dedicated, not to mention strong and awake after a whole day of refraining from food and water. The fact that we run in Putrajaya means we need to drive long distances back home, which can be quite dangerous if you are tired and sleepy. Which is why we insist that every member leaves a message in our Whatsapp group announcing their safe arrival home.

Originally white
Originally white

On this last Ramadan LSD run, I wanted to make it more meaningful, so I asked Aniza to make black ribbons that we could wear while running to remember the people who had died and gone missing on Malaysia Airlines flights MH17 and MH370. Aniza went to shop for ribbons at a shop nearby her home but could not find any in black, so she bought a spool of white ribbon and actually coloured it black with permanent black marker! The safety pins she used to glue at the back of the cut-up ribbons were from ones that she got from her race kits, so it was a good way to recycle them.

Thanks for helping with the ribbons, Aniza. Your diligence is extraordinary.

Our running menu for the night was 16/19/21km, so before we ran I distributed the ribbons so that every runner could wear them (there were about 17 of us).

After 2.5 hours we were done with our training, and we congregated to refuel with some rambutan fruits and other delicacies on the steps of Palace of Justice.

I noticed there was a Malaysia Airlines office opposite where we were, so I decided that we needed to take a group photo there with our black ribbons pinned on our running tops. It seemed appropriate to pose with the Malaysia Airlines logo looming above our heads.

We Remember MH17 and MH370

As we poise to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the start of Syawal, we take a moment to remember the families who have experienced the loss of someone they loved onboard these two ill-fated flights, MH17 and MH370. We also mourn for the heroic and dedicated crew members of Malaysia Airlines who perished with them – I simply cannot look at their corporate headshots without tears forming in my eyes. We also hope the national carrier will be able to overcome the challenges that the loss of these two planes have presented.

Wishing all my fellow Muslim readers a Happy and Blessed Eid, Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir Batin – and to the rest, happy holidays. Hug and cherish your loved ones today!

Black ribbon for MH17 and MH370

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Hi! I am Fairy from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia - currently residing in Sydney, Australia. This blog contains write-ups on my fitness adventures, whether it's running, swimming, hiking, Zumba, whatever! If I sweat, I write! As a young adult in my twenties, I led a relatively sedentary lifestyle before I had an awakening in 2011. I was overweight by age 30 and finally decided to turn my life around, so I started to reclaim my health back by losing 20 percent of my then body weight by playing dance and fitness video games! I've not looked back since and now happily lead an active lifestyle. If you want to get in touch with me, please email me at fairy[at] or DM me on Instagram @myindo. Thanks for stopping by!

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