The 40 years of partnership between European Union (EU) and Association of the South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been commemorated by “EU-ASEAN Run” in Jakarta on Sunday (May 7th) participated by over 1,700 European and ASEAN citizens, starting from EU office at Intiland Tower building, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, and finish 7 km away at the ASEAN Secretariat at Jalan Sisingamangaraja.
The event is to commemorate the other 2 historical anniversaries i.e. 50 years of ASEAN and 60 years of the Treaties of Rome which established the EU.
“This run shows a real example of people-to-people interaction between ASEAN and EU, also reflects ASEAN and EU closeness and great sharing of our cultural diversity and richness,” said AKP Mochtan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs Department.
“The EU-ASEAN Run is a wonderful way to embrace people-to-people contacts which are the core part of EU-ASEAN relationship. It has brought us all together to run, or walk, learn more about the EU and ASEAN, to enjoy the cuisine of our respective South East Asian and European Member States – all for a good cause,” said Francisco Fontan, EU Ambassador to ASEAN.
The entertainment and cultural performances at the finish area featured information and culinary booths from several EU Member States – Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden – and the ten ASEAN Member States. The EU Ambassador to ASEAN as well as the EU Ambassador to Indonesia, other EU and ASEAN Member States Ambassadors, ASEAN Secretariat staff and representatives also joined the fun run.
In collaboration with the ASEAN Women’s Circle, the runners gathered a donation of more than 75 million rupiah for three foundations supporting the wellbeing of disadvantaged children in Indonesia: Al Ikhwan Foundation, providing elementary education for children from a low income family or children not eligible for DKI free school programme; Onkologi Anak Indonesia Foundation, Indonesian Childhood Cancer Foundation; and Mpati Foundation, providing autism awareness and training for middle to low income parents who have autistic children.
Press release distributed by the organizing committee stated, the EU-ASEAN Run was held in the framework of Europe Month 2017. Throughout 2017, there will be events all over Europe and Southeast Asia to mark the three anniversaries, including campaigns, exhibitions, conferences, concerts, and other activities.