Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ride for Rations 2018?
  1. Ride for Rations 2018 is a fund-raising initiative that involves non-competitive 2 days of cycling.
  2. The route will involve:
    1. Coach from Singapore to Kuantan Day 1
    2. Cycling from Kuantan to Pekan on Day 2
    3. Cycling from Pekan to Penybong (about 20 km north of Mersing) on Day 3
    4. Coach back from Penyabong to Singapore on Day 3
What does Ride for Ration aim to achieve?
  1. It is aimed at raising funds that will be utilised to provide monthly rations for up to a year to at least 440 households and breakfast rations for at least 200 school going children in Singapore. These families reside in 1-2 room rental flats in Chai Chee, Hougang, Marsiling, Whampao and Woodlands.
    1. These will be provided from January to December 2019. The rations may be provided to more beneficiaries in these estates if the funds raised are sufficient for this.
  2. It aims to raise a total of $429,600 consisting of $369,600 for the monthly rations and $60,000 for the breakfast rations.
    1. The number of food rations (440) is an increase of 15% from the numbers supported in the year 2017. Our baseline target is to support at least 380 households with food rations at Chai Chee, Hougang and Marsiling.
  3. The residents are means assessed by the outreach of Sunlove Abode for Intellectually Infirmed Ltd, a public registered charity. The funds raised will be transmitted to Sunlove Abode for Intellectually Infirmed who will be the custodian of the funds and ensure they are used for the above purposes.
What is the commitment involved of Ride for Rations 2018?
  1. Each participant must raise a minimum of S$840/- in funds for the cause mentioned in 1 above. This is amount required to provide monthly food rations worth S$70/- to a household for 1 year.
  2. Each participant must pay the registration fees as mentioned in point 7 below.
  3. First RfR time participant need to also fulfil the condition in point 4 below.
Compulsory Conditions for first time participant in RfR: they must
  1. Clear the readiness evaluation (likely to be held in either May/June/July 2018) to assure organisors that they are physically conditioned for such an event. This will also allow cyclist to gauge their level of physical readiness and use this knowledge to prepare themselves for the physical demands of the ride.
  2. attend a compulsory briefing on the purpose of RfR. This briefing will be conducted in February or March 2018 at the rations distribution venue in Chai Chee or Marsiling.
  3. participate in at least 2 rations distributions by June 2018 at 2 of the estates being supported through RfR, specifically either Chai Chee, Hougang or Marsiling.

In ability to undertake the above will lead to participant being disqualified from participating in RfR 2018. The conditions mentioned in point 15 below will apply in this case with regards to the registration fee and funds raised.

What can I participate as in Ride for Rations 2018?
  1. Participants can be cyclists (which is limited to 150 participants); support crew; or fund-raiser.
    1. As we need support cars, support crew will be accepted as follows:
      1. Support crew participant must be willing to drive a passenger car that will be used to transport the cyclists bags from Kuantan to Pekan to Penyabong; and that needs to have a space for at least 2 cyclists who may not be able to cycle for technical or medical reasons during RfR.
      2. It is preferred if the support crew has his/her own car for the above purpose.
      3. Such a support crew, i.e. with a car, can have at least 1 other passenger to assist him/her for the support crew role, preferably someone who can drive.
      4. The organisors may assign at least 1 medic to be transported by a support crew with car for the purpose of providing medical coverage during RfR, up to a maximum of 2 cars.
      5. The organisors may assign at least 1 technical support to be transported by a support crew with car for the purpose of providing technical support coverage during RfR, up to a maximum of 2 cars.
Who can participate in Ride For Rations 2018?
  1. Participation in RfR is subject to participant acknowledging their medical and physical fitness to be able to participate what is entailed in RfR 2018; the acceptance of the rules and regulations of the event; and accepting to indemnify the organisors and, or their agents both of which are as indicated at the point of registration and agreed upon by participants at the point of registration.
  2. Participants must be at least 21 years in age at point of registration.
  3. The key objective is raising of funds for charity. Thus Ride for Rations 2018 is non-competitive and is targeted at amateur cyclist. Support train provided is planned based on this premise and as such targeted at the average ability cyclist.
  4. Past participants have ranged from ironman contestants, cycling enthusiasts, cycling amateurs to beginners.
  5. Cyclists are personally responsible for ensuring that they are medically and physical certified fit to be able to cycle in such endurance event.
  6. Participants also need to have their own bicycle that is properly equipped and configured for such event.
  7. Organisors reserve the right to deny participants from participating in the interest of the participants own and others safety.
What is the cost for participating in Ride For Rations 2018?
  1. Based on the philosophy of all funds raised being given to the identified charity, cost relating to the organisation will be borne by participants.
  2. Cyclist and support crew will have to pay
    1. S$410 (Four Hundred and Ten Singapore Dollars) for single room accommodation
    2. S$340 (Three Hundred and Forty Singapore Dollars) for double room accommodation
    3. Drivers providing vehicular support will receive a allowance of S$60.00 (Singapore sixty dollars only), which will be given after the ride.
  3. The above fees exclude any charges imposed by banks, credit card companies and online payment service providers arising from the registration and payment portal charges.
  4. The above fees are of expenses related to the Ride as explained below – point 14. The organisors are made up entirely of volunteers.
  5. Participants agree that all unused funds will be donated to the cause or charity that is being supported.
Why is there a cost for participation in Ride for Rations 2018?
  1. This is to ensure that 100% of funds raised are used for the charitable cause. The registration fees are used for the organisational cost as indicated in detail below. The organisational planning and organising is undertaken by volunteers at no cost.
Why is there an increase in the registration fees for RfR 2018 vis-à-vis RfR 2017?
  1. Whilst the fees for RfR since 2013-2017 was constant over the years, the organising committee noticed that is a need to increase the fees due to rising cost such as the introduction of GST in Malaysia, tourism tax, the rise in hotel room charges, introduction of VEP fees (impacting support crew) and the need to secure services of medics and tech support amongst others. This increase was planned to be introduced for the Melaka – Batu Pahat – Singapore route of RfR in 2018.
  2. For RfR 2018, the route is different, namely from Kuantan to Pekan to Penyabong. This involves additional expenses vis-à-vis the Melaka – Singapore route. For example, the need to transport participants over a longer distance (to Kuantan) and additionally to transport them from Penyabong to Singapore (unlike Melaka route where cyclist cycle to Singapore). Further, the costing of the hotel accommodation is also higher vis-à-vis Melaka-Singapore route. Thus RfR 2018 registration fee is higher.
How do I pay for Ride For Rations 2018 registration fee?
  1. Payment will be made at the point of registration through the registration portal.
What are the ways funds are to be raised?
  1. The raising of funds has to be done a private basis where cyclist can approach friends, acquaintances, family, relatives, colleagues, etc. Funds cannot be raised by approaching members of public.
  2. Funds raised through RfR 2018 are tax exempt for donations of S$25/- and above. Fund raisers are responsible for ensuring that accurate details for tax exemption purpose (e.g. official name & tax reference number) are obtained and written legibly in the pledge card where failure do so will affect eligibility for tax exempt.
  3. Registrants will be given a pledge card, which is serialised. The cards will be distributed during the rations distribution held monthly at Marsiling or Chai Chee or during the training rides. Alternative arrangements can also be made with Organising Committee to collect at other times/location.
  4. Arrangements have been made with an online donation portal “Give.sg” to facilitate online format of fund raising. Whilst Give.sg does not charge for this service, donors will need to pay a small charge imposed by credit card companies. Funds collected through this will be transmitted directly to Sunlove with monthly summaries provided to Sunlove of the collection.
    1. URL will be provided in due time to registered participants.
Will there be training sessions conducted for cyclists?
  1. Monthly training rides have been arranged. Training rides may likely end at the Sunlove Neighbourhood Links during the monthly rations distribution. Details will be emailed to registrants.
What is the route?
  1. The exact route will be finalised nearer to the ride date. By and large, the route will be along the trunk roads between the two towns / cities. The roads are relatively well paved. They are relatively flat for about 9- % of the total distance with little shade.
What does the registration fee cover?
  1. Transport to Kuantan
    1. Coach(es) will be arranged for transport of cyclist and bicycles from Singapore to Kuantan on Friday 31 August 2018 departing by 8 am at the latest.
  2. Transport back from Penyabong on Sunday 2 September 2018 immediately upon the end of the ride.
    1. The coaches will depart at different time. The departure time of the coaches will be synced with the arrival time of the different cyclists.
  3. Accommodation
    1. Accommodation for Kuantan on Friday 31 August 2018 at Swiss Garden Beach Resort.
    2. Accommodation in Pekan on Saturday 1 September 2018 at Ancasa Royale Pekan Hotel.
  4. Meals
    1. Breakfast and Dinner on Saturday 1 September is provided. Breakfast for Sunday 2 September is provided.
    2. Mineral Water & Isotonic drinks for cyclist along the route will be provided.
    3. Lunch during both days will be at cyclist and support crew’s own expense. Lunch point will be identified and marked. Everyone is advised to bring along some amount of Malaysian currency for this and other personal refreshment they wish to have. There are plenty of stalls en-route.
  5. Commercially purchased travel insurance for the event
  6. 1 cycling jersey
  7. Post-ride appreciation dinner
What happens if I have to cancel my participation?
  1. Participants must submit the funds raised as it is meant to help the needy.
  2. Refund Conditions
    1. In case of withdrawal of participants, there will be no refund of registration fee. For participants who withdraw prior to July 2018, he/she can provide a replacement for his/her place. The replacement must meet all the criteria laid in the Rules and Regulations. Provision of jersey for the replacement is not guaranteed and is subject to the timeline and processes stipulated by the jersey supplier, which is beyond the organisor’s control. No replacement is permitted for withdrawals from July 2018 onwards.)
    2. All registration fees less expenses incurred for RfR 2018 up to the point of withdrawal in the above condition, will be donated to the cause Ride for Rations is supporting.
  3. The same applies in case of registered participants being disqualified from participation due to their not fulfilling the commitments required such as the minimum fund raising requirement or participation in ration distribution.
What is the equipment provided for Ride for Rations 2018?
  1. Cyclists are to bring their own bikes and other personal specific equipment including spares.
  2. Cyclists must put on a helmet at all times when cycling.
  3. Tri bikes and recumbents are not permitted for safety reasons.
  4. Foldie bicycles may not be permitted in group 1 to 4 (or as will be decided on confirmation of grouping) for safety reasons.
  5. Support vehicles will accompany the cyclist to provide refreshment, medical support and mechanical assistance and support. Spare tubes will be available at a charge.
Will there be a briefing?
  1. A briefing will be organised nearer to the ride. Details will be sent via email.
  2. All first time participants must attend the briefing as condition of participation.

Updated as of 04 January 2018