Summary-2015 fund raising projects


What a thriller the year 2015 has been for Bike-Aid (Singapore).

But what thrillers are there for the beneficiaries of Ride for Rations (RfR) 2015? Would they not be concerned more with what is on the stove and on the plate? let’s reel back to the year in action in Bike Aid.

Wasn’t it awesome that as cyclists filled their pledge cards, another programme “Giving Back to Cyclists” was unfolding. What more with workshops on proper cycling techniques, preventing cycling injuries, proper stretching and even yoga!

Alright, now payback…..and everyone did. Raising funds so that 330 households and 100 primary school children can continue receiving their monthly rations and daily breakfasts respectively. As we raised, we raced……or rather cycled. 240km…. from Malacca to Singapore. There were moments of fun….and pain….like the head winds for over 40km from Batu Pahat onwards. Where nature brought our speeds down to the teens….as if telling us that such is the pain too of empty stomachs.

Thank God, it wasn’t all in vain. Just like other supporting events…..the 1000km ride that dovetailed in with the Malacca-Singapore ride…….the sale of potted plants, photo portraits and the recycling of bicycles for resident.

But wouldn’t giving a fishing line be preferred over giving fish? Certainly, if only we could nip the problem of poverty in the bud. And the idea of a study corner for under privileged children began to gain traction.

Thanks to Prudential, Prudence and all sponsors without whom there wouldn’t have been the Prudential Charity Ride. It was on a bright, sunny morning that 165 cyclists took to the road…..covering either 50km or 100km round island. With the blazing afternoon sun, would you blame some who found a short cut and covered 93km!!? After all, the funds have been raised; plans are progressing ….. and soon we will see the birth of a study corner in Chai Chee.

And this will require mentors, volunteers, teachers, counsellors, etc. That calls for another thriller. Make sure you volunteer!!

 

Ride for Rations 2015 – The memories


Ride for Rations 2015   (Malacca – Batu Pahat – Singapore)


2015 was another milestone for Bike-Aid (Singapore). 2 charity fund raising were organized — Ride for Rations and Prudential Charity Ride.  Prudential Charity Ride was based on the idea of helping to shape a better future for the children and youths residing in the Chai Chee estate, much in line with giving a fishing line over giving fish to nip the problem of poverty in the bud. Thus the idea of a study corner for under privileged children began to gain traction and Prudential Charity Ride was organised to fund it.

Ride for Rations (RfR) 2015, the 5th in series was held on 22nd to 23rd August; involving as many cyclists and support crew as in the year before; namely about 150 cyclists with close to 20 support cars.

The spirit of RfR lived on through RfR 2015, which was entirely planned, run and managed by volunteers, who did an excellent job of it. The satisfying
experience of past participants, both of the ride itself and their involvement in the cause, saw RfR 2015 registration being brisk and fast.

Similar to RfR 2014, RfR 2015 also included a RfR 1K route, where about 10 cyclists cycled a total of 800 km unsupported and they dovetail into the final leg from Malacca to Singapore, covering a total of 1000 km.

Unique to RfR 2015 was the “Giving Back to Cyclists” through workshops on proper cycling techniques, preventing cycling injuries, proper stretching and even yoga!.

The weather conditions during RfR 2015 were indeed more challenging this year even though the RfR 2015 route was the same as before – imagine having headwinds for 40 to 60 km of the route on both days with intense heat on the first day. Participants even cycled on about 1 km of road being re-surfaced, even though this section was inspected as fine a week prior to RfR.

RfR 2015 also saw the involvement of motor-bike support crew escorting the cyclist from lunch point on day 2 to Singapore, some of whom have been inspired to cycle in 2016.

Against initial concerns of RfR 2015 ability to meet its modest fund raising target of $320,000/-, RfR 2015 surprised all by surpassing the target and raised $346,000.00.

 

RfR funds will support 330 needy families and resident in Chai Chee, Hougang and Marsiling registered with the Neighbourhood Links of the charity, Sunlove Abode for Intellectually Infirmed Ltd with monthly food rations worth $70/- and 100 school going children with monthly breakfast rations. Bike-Aid (Singapore) is liasing with Sunlove to increase the number of children receiving breakfast rations
through RfR 2015 by a minimum of 50%.

As in past RfRs’, RfR 2015 had plenty of positive feedback. Many found it a meaningful and enriching experience in terms of giving back to society and raising awareness of the need for help in Singapore. They also appreciated the thorough organisation and planning of the event including the dedication and commitment of the support crew, noting that it was entirely organised by volunteers.

 

There was no organizational costs incurred for the RfR 2015. Participants paid for their own accommodation, meals and various other individual costs incurred in the course of the Ride. Thus every dollar and cent collected in donations was channeled to the beneficiary.
Cyclists and supporters, keep the wheels rolling for Ride for Rations 2016!

 

RfR 2015 video

RfR 2015 write up

Ride for Rations 2016


Challenge yourselfcycle 240 km from Malacca to Singapore over 2 days for a charitable cause.


Cause:

Raise funds to:

  • provide monthly food rations to 380 needy households registered with Sunlove Neighbourhood Link, an outreach of registered charity, Sunlove Abode for Intellectually Infirmed.
  • provide monthly breakfast package to 200 school going children living in the above and other estates through Sunlove.

The aim: to raise $320,000.00

100% funds raised will be used for the above & Sunlove will be custodian of funds.

Households live in 1-2 rental rooms; have no sources of income; elderly with no children; whose children are not supporting them; single parents; suffer from medical and intellectual infirmities; and require financial help to cover rental, conservancy, electricity and basic food expenses.

The above rations are distributed monthly at Chai Chee, Hougang and Marsiling.

Dates:

26 August 2016 – Depart for Malacca via coach

27 August 2016 – Cycle Malacca to Batu Pahat

28 August 2016 – Cycle from Batu Pahat to Singapore

 

Fund-raising obligation:

Each participant has to raise minimum of $600.00

Each participant must pay organisation cost of $280 or $350, excluding charges incurred due to the registration and payment portal, for expenses related to the Ride. The organising committee consists entirely of volunteers and receive no renumeration.

 

Cycling Route & Other Details:

Maximum of 150 cyclists supported by at least 40 support crew. Fund Raisers are also welcome.

Cycling route: trunk roads that are scenic, affording non-interrupted of distances ranging from 2-10kms and having mix of flat roads and slopes.

It is not a race; providing opportunity to cyclist wishing to go fast with pacers who will guide at an average of 30-35km/h, the event is also aimed at amateur and recreational cyclist with our sweepers traveling at about 18km/h.

Participation is subject to acceptance of Rules and Regulations on Ride for Rations found at Bike-Aid (Singapore) website and raising of funds specified above.

Register for RfR 2016 through weblink to be launched mid-end January 2016 at Bike-Aid website [www.bikeaid.org.sg].

For more information, please email: enquiry@bikeaid.org.sg

Bike-Aid (Singapore) reserves the right to reject applicants for Ride for Rations 2016.

Ride for Rations 2015


Challenge yourself – cycle 240 km from Malacca to Singapore over 2 days for a charitable cause.

Cause:


Raise funds
to:

  • provide monthly food rations to 330 needy households  registered with Sunlove Neighbourhood Link, an outreach of registered charity, Sunlove Abode for Intellectually Infirmed.
  • provide monthly breakfast package to 100 primary school children  living in the above households.

The aim: to raise $320,000.00

100% funds raised will be used for the above & Sunlove will be custodian of funds.

Households live in 1-2 rental rooms; have no sources of income; elderly with no children; whose children are not supporting them; single parents; suffer from medical and intellectual infirmities; and require financial help to cover rental, conservancy, electricity and basic food expenses.

The above rations are distributed monthly at Chai Chee, Hougang and Marsiling.

 


Dates:

21 August 2015 – Depart for Malacca via coach

22 August 2015 – Cycle Malacca to Batu Pahat

23 August 2015 – Cycle from Batu Pahat to Singapore

 

 Fund-raising obligation:

Each participant has to raise minimum of $600.00 [in 2014, participants raised an average of $1000.00; total funds raised in 2014 is approximately $340,000.00 supporting 330 households, an increase of 25% over 2013, and the introduction of breakfast].

Each participant must pay organisation cost ranging from $280 to $350 for expenses related to the Ride. The organising committee consists entirely of volunteers and receive no renumeration.

 

Cycling Route & Other Details:


Maximum of 150 cyclists
supported by at least 40 support crew. Fund Raisers are also welcome.

Cycling route: trunk roads that are scenic, affording non-interrupted of distances ranging from 2-10kms and having mix of flat roads and slopes.

It is not a race; providing opportunity to cyclist wishing to go fast with pacers who will guide at an average of 30-35km/h, the event is also aimed at amateur and recreational cyclist with our sweepers traveling at about 18km/h.

Participation is subject to acceptance of Rules and Regulations and raising of funds specified above.

Register for RfR 2015 now.

For more information, please email: enquiry@bikeaid.org.sg

Bike-Aid (Singapore) reserves the right to reject applicants for Ride for Rations 2015.

Ride for Rations 2015 Sponsors





Prudential Charity Ride


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Contribution: “Education is the greatest engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor….that the child of a farm worker can become the president of a nation.”
Nelson Mandela

Wondering if you can help in the above through your passion for cycling? Wonder no more.

Cause:

Prudential Charity Ride is being organised to support the set up of a learning corner in Chai Chee for Sunlove Abode for Intellectually Infirmed Ltd, a registered charity & IPC.
This learning corner aims to provide school-going children and youths, at no cost to them,

  1. with a conducive learning environment for school going children/youth, which is missing in many of the 1-2 room flats they stay in, where the homes are either cluttered, poorly lit or poorly ventilated.
  2. enhance and uplift of the skills/knowledge/values of the above group through the provision of skills/knowledge by relevant organisations.

Cost:

All participating cyclists are required to pay a registration fee of $50/-. This will cover the provision of 1 event jersey, insurance, drinks and light refreshments at the end of the ride. Any savings will be channelled towards the set up of the learning corner.

 

In addition to registration fees, cyclists are invited to make a personal contribution that will go towards the above cause.

Charity Ride Details:

June 21st 2015

Flag off:   7.30am from Orchid Country Club, Yishun

End at:     Orchid Country Club.

To Register: visit http://goo.gl/forms/eKj15smBv2

Organised by 

Supported by Prudence (Prudential Managers’ Association)

 

Bike-Aid (Singapore) cycles from Malacca to Singapore for charity


Bike-Aid (Singapore) cycles from Malacca to Singapore for charity

Ride for Rations 2014 – A Recollection


Ride for Rations 2014   (Malacca – Batu Pahat – Singapore)


Bike-Aid (Singapore) largest fund raiser in terms of number of participants was held on 23th to 24th August 2014.  Ride for Rations (RfR) 2014, the 4th in series and the largest thus far, involved 144 cyclists of the 153 who had registered. RfR 2014 involved 41 support crew in about 20 support cars and 1 ambulance.

Notwithstanding the large number of participants, RfR 2014 was entirely planned, run and managed by volunteers and they did an excellent job of it. Interest in RfR 2014 was overwhelming and we had to turn away quite a number of interested participants when we reached the targeted number of participants.

RfR 2014 included a RfR 1K route, where cyclists cycled a total of 1000 km. About 10 of them started on 16th August taking a ferry from Changi to Pengarang, Johor and from there cycling up via the east coast of Malaysia to rendezvous with the others at Malacca before continuing to Batu Pahat and Singapore, covering 1000 km over 9 days.
RfR 2014 raised $340,000.00.

RfR raises funds to support needy families and resident registered with the Neighbourhood Links of the charity, Sunlove Abode for Intellectually Infirmed Ltd.

The target of RfR 2014 is to increase the number of families/households provided with monthly essential and food rations to 300 and expanding it beyond Marsiling and Chai Chee to include Hougang.

 

As in past RfRs’, RfR 2014 had plenty of positive feedback. Many found it a meaningful experience in terms of giving back to society and raising awareness of the need for help in Singapore. They also appreciated the thorough organisation and planning of the event including the dedication and commitment of the support crew, noting that it was entirely organised by volunteers.

 


 


Highlights of RfR 2014
:

  • raised $340, 000.00, which is above the target set for RfR 2014. As a result, 310 households are able to benefit from monthly rations, an increase of 25 % over 2013;
  • 70% was raised by the participants & 30% was raised through corporate donations;
  • 95% of the 144 cyclists completed the whole route;
  • 10 of the participants took part in a 1000 km route;
  • oldest cyclist was 71 years old and another 69 years; one of the cyclist is a cancer patient;
  • a yogathon organised by volunteers as part of fund-raising.

 


 

There was no organizational costs incurred for the RfR 2014. Participants paid for their own accommodation, meals and various other individual costs incurred in the course of the Ride. Thus every dollar and cent collected in donations was channeled to the beneficiary.

Cyclists and supporters, keep the wheels rolling for Ride for Rations 2015!

 

 


 

RfR 2014 video

RfR 2014 write up

 

Ride for Rations 2014 Sponsors





Ride for Rations 2011 Memories


Ride For Rations 2011
Malacca to Singapore
8th of July to 10th of July 2011


RIDE FOR RATIONS 2011
On the 9th and 10th of July 2011, members of Bike-Aid Singapore organized a charity rid from Malacca to Singapore, ‘Ride for Rations 2011’, in aid of needy, socioeconomically challenged families and residents registered with the Sunlove-Marsiling Neighbourhood Link, a project by the Sunlove Abode for Intellectually Infirmed Ltd which is registered under the Charities Act.

The ‘Ride for Rations’ comprised of: an approximately 102 kilometers ride from Malacca (Emperor Hotel) to Batu Pahat (Crystal Inn Hotel) on the 9th of July, and subsequently, an approximately 135 kilometers ride from Batu Pahat to the Sunlove-Marsiling Neighbourhood Link which is located at Block 3 Marsiling Road.Beyond participating in the ‘Ride for Rations’, the 60 cyclists who registered for the Ride were encouraged (and expected to) engage in a fundraising drive and accumulate a minimum sum of S$500 each for the deserving beneficiary prior to the Ride.

The contributions of participants, cyclists and supporters alike, exceeded expectations throughout the two-day Ride and in the collection of donations, which amounted to a sum of S$78,122. There were no organizational costs incurred for the ‘Ride for Rations’ as participants (cyclists and supporters) paid for their own accommodation, meals and various other individual costs incurred in the course of the Ride, ensuring as such, that every dollar and cent collected in donations was channeled to the beneficiary. These funds were immediately, in August 2011, channeled to the Sunlove-Marsiling Neighbourhood Link to purchase monthly rations amounting to S$70, from August 2011 to July 2012, for 93 needy homes (families and residents) registered with the charity.

The list of deserving families registered with the Sunlove-Marsiling Neighbourhood Link indeed extends to 868 families living in rental one-room flats, approximately 80% of who are elderly and suffer from medical and intellectual infirmities, and have been made reliant upon minimal monthly financial help from self- help bodies which are often used for the coverage of rental, conservancy, electricity and basic food. The staff at Sunlove-Marsiling Neighbourhood Link solely, according to meticulous needs-based criterion, selected the list of 93 deserving families to which the amount raised from the ‘Ride for Rations 2011’ was channeled. Beyond the ‘Ride for Rations 2011’, a significant number of participants in the Ride who have witnessed the gratitude expressed by families registered with the Sunlove-Marsiling Neighbourhood Link for the monthly rations, have regularly been involved in the monthly distribution of rations and supporting the charity in its efforts to provide medical, nutritional, educational and recreational support services for the elderly and vulnerable families in the area.

Memories captured on film (login to facebook maybe required)

Memories from RFR2011

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