53 year old walks 1,640km to prove point

53 year old walks 1,640km to prove point
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KEMAMAN - Age is never a barrier to fulfil one's dream or to gain personal satisfaction.

This was something Sabri Ali, 53 (pic), had wanted to prove to his children, grandchildren and to the younger generation and indeed he had done it by completing 1,640km of walking across 12 peninsular states in 35 days.

Sabri, who is also chairman of Village Development and Security Committees Bukit Kuang here, had embarked on his journey on Nov 10, to introduce his district and state to the larger community outside of Terengganu.

However, this wasn't the first time Sabri was doing so. He did the same last year, across the same 12 states but only to clock 40 days and a journey of 1,700km.

The father of seven children and 10 grandchildren said the improvement on the number of days (five days) and a lesser distance was dedicated to the Google Maps.

"This time around, I used the Google Maps and selected the pedestrian walking which actually helped me to reduce my time.

"I also wanted to prove to people that age is not a barrier to achieve ones dream or fulfil your satisfaction," he said yesterday after arriving at the Astaka field in Chukai here about 9am yesterday.

He added that many youths these days were spoonfed and hardly had to do any hardwork to achieve anything and when they don't, he said many were prone to give or look for excuses.

"If there is a will there is a way. If one really desires for something then work hard towards it. And God willing, you will achieve it," he said adding that this was what he wanted to prove.

"The journey was tough, there were a lot of obstacles, be it the frequent change of weather, rain and shine, to the stray dogs, but with the determination and will power, one will go through all obstacles.

Apart from that Sabri was also out to prove that a healthy lifestyle and proper exercise was important for the human body.

"For me it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I personally get up every morning and start my daily 50km walk by 7am," he said.

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