13 May 2002
Lian He Zao Bao
May 13, 2002
Translated from Lian He Zao Bao. This article appeared on May 13, 2002
A group of warm-hearted cyclists, since December last year, have been training for 8 hours every weekend. This is in the hope of raising S$300,000 for the Children’s Cancer Foundation through Charity Ride next month.
The 30 riders from Bike-Aid (Singapore), a non-profitable organisation, will commence riding from Hatyai on the 3rd of June. They will ride for an approximate distance of 1162 km, passing through Malaysia and arriving in Singapore on the 9th of June at about 4 pm. President Nathan will present each rider with a mememto/certificate of appreciation.
According to David Hoong, the President of Bike-Aid, this year’s riders age are between 17 and 57 years old. Amongst them will be 8 riders from Thailand. Every week, the riders do a round-island training ride. Each ride is about 130 km. After 24 weeks & 200 hours of training, they will embark on the long journey next month.
Prudential is the main sponsor for this year’s event. Archie Ong, a consultant with the company will be participating in this charity ride for the 3rd time. The 53-years- old veteran, in addition to training regularly with the group, also finds time to do his own training (like running up and down the stairs). During training, he wears a heart-rate monitor on his chest to monitor his riding speed & efforts.
Each of these charity riders, on top of footing their own expenses, will need to raise S$5000 in donations.
A lady rider, Ong Siew Chin (28 years old, an accountant) learnt of this event from friends and joined the group in March. Her family and friends are very excited and supportive, canvassing other relatives and friends for donations. Hence, the collections have snowballed and have exceeded S$5,000. She said, “one person’s effort has its limitation; when everybody works hard together, the results will be better”.
The youngest rider in the group, 17-year old Vicknesh feels that he is only doing what a cyclist would do. This will bring happiness to others. Gavin Aitken from Scotland said that when his friends and relatives knew of this event, they started remitting donations from overseas. They hope to lend what little efforts they can’.
CCF Charity Drive Department Manager, Tan Annie, hopes that these warm-hearted riders’ “giving willingly and asking nothing in return” spirit can attract more of the general public to come forward to help the sick children. Benevolent members of the public wishing to help the cause, can call 68356464 or go to the website http://www.ccf.org.sg to download the donation forms.
Many thanks to Mr Franz Huang for translating this article that appeared in the
Lian He Zao Bao Chinese daily newspaper on 13 May 2002.
We apologize for any errors in the translation and no guarantee of accuracy can be made,.