Ride for Rations 2013 Report

Organized by Bike-Aid (Singapore), Ride for Rations (RfR) 2013 flagged off on 14 September 2013 involving 98 cyclists, cycling from Malacca to Batu Pahat and on 15 September 2013,
from Batu Pahat to Singapore. They were supported by 36 support crew and 17 vehicles.

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



Highlights of RfR 2013:

• raised $240, 000.00. As a result, 260 households are able to benefit from monthly rations, an increase of 31% over 2012;

75% was raised by the participants & 25% was raised through corporate donations;
• 95% of RfR 2013 participants raised at least $1,000.00; 99% raised the minimum $500.00.
• at the RfR 2013 appreciation dinner, participants spontaneously contributed about $5,000.00 from their own pockets;
• oldest cyclist was 70 years old and another 68 years whilst the youngest was 17  years.
• Day 2 saw cyclist cycling in heavy rain and even knee deep water with one spot termed “teh tarik”
• 2 participants roping in 2 of the corporate donors to host lunch cum block party for residents at Marsiling with 2 other participants sponsoring the same for residents at Chai Chee.

RfR 2013 had to be re-scheduled from July to September 2013 due to the unforeseen haze that engulfed Singapore and Malaysia as the safety of participants was of paramount importance.

There was no organizational costs incurred for the RfR 2013. 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 2014!

View RfR 2013 video created by Dr Kevin Soh, who is 3rd time RfR participant.

Read about participants’ experiences:

Comments by RfR 2013 participants

  • Gary Chia
    Thank you Peter Lye and Co, we are very impressed by the dedication  and support.
  • Koh Sai Yeow Dan
    To all the support crew, medical staff and photographer, you  guys and gals are awesome, the detailed planning, logistics support , the cheers has help all the riders to just concentrate on riding knowing you guys and gals will be at the next turning point, the next water point waiting for us… Cheers to all.
  • Patrick Teo
    Tks all e official community & supporting crews for making this RFR event so wonderful. U guys & gals are great n working so hard, planning, providing drink points on our moves, directing us e routes. Just AWESOME
  • Chu Yang Keng
    Our RfR bike trip was really awesome!! Thanks the organising committee n volunteers for a job well done… really appreciate your hard work and dedication for making it smooth and memorable. Riding in the heavy rain was a highlight to me, especially the part where we have to cross the road flooded with teh tarik! Excellent! Cheers to all :))
  • Chin Hooi Yen
    Dear Organising Comm, Supporters, Medics, Technical teams, Thank you for the superb support over the weekend. It was amazingly well organised, and I cannot describe how much the smiles, offers of food n drink, and cheers meant! I salute all of you. When I grow up I want to be just like you guys! regards, Hooi Yen
  • Phyllis Tan
    Ya.. the support crew was magnificent… On first day.. I dropped my bottle cap and I stopped.. in less than a min a support car came..I felt so safe..on the 2nd day.. even though it was raining heavily… the support crew came out of their car n cheer for us.. its was damn touching lor. They can just sit in the car n lookout for us but they didn’t… they came out in the rain wif us!!! Great grp!!!!
  • Manoharan Pariasamy
    Its been only a week since we completed our charity ride and Im already missing all the fun, actions and friendship found during our 3 days trip;)….yes bro, missed the scenic rides, riders, support crew, medic, getting drench, peeing at the bush, buying food along the way….etc, etc.
  • Virginia Tang Osteopath Singapore
    One and half days of cycling + good makan + two punctures + tons of fun + laughter/silliness/craziness + new friends + major leg hurtage = One helluva Ride for Rations 2013 !!! My pedal kakis Seow Thong, Wai Ling & Wee Hong… Thanks for keeping me on the pedals!!! My puncture peeps David, Peter, Collin & Philip… Thanks for the attempts to fix my puncture/s despite Dave wanting to throw my bike into the longkang!!!Support crew Shireen, Lynda-one-cent-Ang, Peter, Linda2 & Lye Monkeys thanks for kicking me back out there & forbidding me from being a backseat warmer!!!Support crew sweating it out… Manjit, Amy and everyone else, top notch job people!!!A massive THANKS to all the organisers, Bike-Aid (Singapore) committee, support crew, fellow cyclists, supporters & donors for a fantastic ride for a worthy cause that won’t be forgotten any time soon!!!
    Ride for Rations 2014??? BRING IT ON!!!
  • Collin Ng
    It was Hooi Yen who told some of us about this ‘Ride For Rations’ cycling event. That year was 2011, the birth of ‘Ride For Rations’. I just took up cycling then and without hesitation, some of us immediately signed up. As a newbie, it was quite a struggle for me but I survived the first series. And in the process, made new friends too. My second year I joined the event under GP Riders, a social cycling group. This year saw the biggest turnout of cyclists and with more cyclists, it means more funds for our cause.I hope ‘Ride For Rations’ will continue to reach new height for next year and even more good years to come. The ride is tough, no doubt about it but we are all together for a one cause and when we touched home, we can sense the feeling of completion is special…something we will relish forever.

Ride for Rations 2013

Ride for Rations 2013
Malacca – Singapore
5th July – 7th July 2013



Bike-Aid Singapore, a Singapore registered society, is glad to organise the 3rd Ride for Rations, i.e. Ride for Rations 2013, which will involve cyclist cycling fom Malacca to Singapore, a distance of about 240km. It will be held from 5th to 7th July 2013 and the event will be limited to 100 cyclist to ensure safety and well-being of the cyclists.

Cyclist will have to raise a minimum of $500 that will be used to purchase rations for needy families in Singapore. Whilst this is the minimum, we are confident that cyclist will surpass this amount based on our target amount for 2013.

All funds raised will be channeled directly to the cause.

Admin and organisation cost for the event, which is $250, will be borne separately by the cyclist and support crew. A breakdown of what the registration fee will be used for is found below.


To raise funds that would provide a substantial amount of monthly rations to needy families as identified by Sunlove Neighbourhood Links, which is a project up by Sunlove Abode for Intellectually Infirmed Ltd (commonly known as Sunlove Home), an organization registered under the Charities Act. The Neighbourhood Links are located around clusters of 1 room blocks in Marsiling, Chai Chee and Hougang. Most of the residents include: senior citizens; having no sources of income; suffer from and, or are recovering from medical and intellectual infirmities; and are dependent upon minimal financial help and handouts to cover rental, conservancy, electricity and basic food.


Pedal 240km in 2 days from Malacca to Singapore.

Enjoy a wonderful tour of the Malaysian countryside and raise funds for a meaningful cause.

Background & Other Details: In 2011, the first Ride for Rations raised funds to provide monthly rations worth seventy dollars to 93 families at Sunlove’s Marsiling Neighourhood Link for up to a year. In 2012, the second ride enabled us to support 199 families.

In 2013, we aim to raise funds to continue supporting these families and to be able to reach out to more families at Sunlove’s Neighbourhood Links. Based on our philosophy of ensuring maximum funds are channeled to the charitable cause, all funds raised in Ride for Rations 2013 would be used strictly for the above cause. Riders[Cyclist] and support crew woud pay a separate amount for the administrativee and organisation cost, which range from S$200-S$250 per person.


Each cyclist is expected to raise a minimum of S$500. We envision cyclist raising beyond this minimum amount so that many more residents can benefit from the event. Our target is to support about 250 families and we aspire to raise at least $220 000.

It is a non-competitive event and is aimed at being totally recreational.

You can contribute by either ONE of the following: cycling AND raising funds; being the support crew; raising funds only. We look forward to your supp


Departure from Singapore for Malacca on Friday 5th July 2013 via coach at about 2 pm.

Ride Proper

On Saturday, 6th July, cyclist will cycle the first leg from Malacca to Batu Pahat.

On Sunday, 7th July, cyclist will cycle from Batu Pahat to Singapore, ending off at Sunlove Neighbourhood Link at Marsiling.

Only 120 riders will be accepted.

Conditions for participation:
As per above

For more information, please email:


To register, please proceed to the RFR2013 Registration:

Breakdown of Registration Fee

Riders/Support Crew pay a $250 registration fee to cover organisational costs related to the ride, e.g.

  • Transport to Malacca
  • Accommodation [2 participants per room]: Malacca with breakfast; Batu Pahat with dinner and breakfast
  • Refreshments during 2-day ride
  • Post-ride refreshments & Post-ride dinner gathering
  • Jersey
  • Insurance

Bike-Aid (Singapore) reserves the right to reject applicants for Ride for Rations 2013.

Ride for Rations 2012 – Recollection

Ride for Rations 2012   (Malacca – Singapore)

On the 7th and 8th of July 2012, Bike-Aid (Singapore) organized the Ride for Rations 2012 to support needy families and resident registered with the Neighbourhood Links of the charity, Sunlove Abode for Intellectually Infirmed Ltd.

The Ride for Rations 2012 that involved 80 dedicated cyclists pedaling from Malacca to Singapore, a distance of about 240 kilometers, was a huge success and raised more than S$150,000 for the aid of the beneficiary.

The contributions of participants, cyclists and supporters alike, exceeded expectations throughout the two-day Ride and in the collection of donations.

All cyclists who registered for the Ride were enthusiastically devoted to the cause and engaged in a fundraising drive, accumulating a minimum sum of S$500 each for the beneficiary prior to the Ride. There were no organizational costs incurred for the Ride for Rations 2012 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.

As such, the total amount raised through the event (more than S$150,000) was channeled towards sponsoring monthly rations (amounting to S$70 per family) for 199 deserving families registered with the Sunlove Home Neighbourhood Links for the period of August 2012 to July 2013.

Cyclists and supporters, keep the wheels rolling for Ride for Rations 2013!



 In the Words of the 2012 Ride for Rations Participants:

Manoharan Pariasamy: I have participated in 2 ironmans( Aust and Germany) which are world renowned organization with huge support crew. But none have came close to the support given by our organization and support crew for ride for ration. A big salute to all those who made this such a wonderful experience to me and the rest of the riders. Cheers.

John Chua:   fantastic job organisers! i came for the first time, not expecting anything much, but i was totally blown away by the amazing level of support!! from giving directions, to providing us with cold drinks and food, and the cheering we get as we rode past, they were all more than what anyone can wish for.

Kevin Lee : Dear crew: I know it’s not magic that put the food, the drinks in the cars, and the cars don’t drive themselves. Thanks for being at the junctions, at the hotels and by the roadside. Thanks for being there for us.

Gillian O’Flynn:  I’m just echoing what everyone else that has participated has already said…… Awesome Job by everyone!! To our amazing organizers & support crew, without U guys we could never have made it. To all the fun riders, U guys make it worth the trip to ride & hang out with U all:) Where do I sign for next year.

Husain Khanali: Hi dear friends, I am Husain, it was a privilege to be with this charity ride for the 2nd year. God willing I will ride again next year. My thanks to the fantastic volunteers for their support and encouragement throughout the 2 days. I also met alot of friends who cheered me on when my tired legs were telling me to stop. My idol Manohar for his belief in me. To all the organisers for planning this memorable event.

G P Riders Tay: Well Done & A Big Thank You to the Organiser & to all volunteers.

Vimaljit Kaur : Thanks from all the riders to the wonderful support crew who cheered us on and coming to the rescue when anything went wrong

Pf Poon: Kudos to all the wonderful organizers and support staff! Fantastic job! Just want to let you know that you are very, very, very much appreciated!

Mohamad Husainy:  First time taking part in an open overseas ride. Great ride, great company and best of all, a very well organised event! Cheers to the committee!! Thank you.

Amy SL Low: Thank You Organisers! Well plan trip, lovely ride. Thank U support Crew for your Tender Loving Care, bananas, rambutans and endless drinks supply under the joy sun! Thank U Cyclists for the wonderful journey! Thank u Kakis for the Beer. Good Job people!

2009: in aid of Baan Unrak Children’s Home

| Sponsors || Brochure || Participants || Briefing Slides || Info Booklet |

Bangkok – Sangkhlaburi
30th October – 5th November 2009


Raise S$50,000 to fund the extension of an orphanage known as Baan Unrak (“House of Joy”) – a community development project and a home in aid of orphans and destitute women in Sangkhlaburi, northwest Thailand.


Pedal 360 km in 3 days, from Bangkok to Sangkhalaburi.

Enjoy a wonderful tour of the Thai countryside and raise funds for a meaningful cause.


Participants must raise a minimum of S$1,000 in donations. All project expenses will be shared among participants.

Every dollar collected will be channeled to the building of the extension to the orphanage.


Fri, 30 Oct: Leave Singapore (evening flight)

Start ride

Sat, 31 Oct (Day 1): Bangkok to Khanchanburi
Sun, 1 Nov (Day 2): Khanchanburi to Thong Pha Phum
Mon, 2 Nov (Day 3): Thong Pha Phum to Baan Unrak

End Ride

Tue, 3 Nov: Depart Baan Unrak/Transport to Bangkok
Wed, 4 Nov: Rest & Relax in Bangkok
Thu, 5 Nov: Flight back to Singapore (late afternoon flight)

Only 30 riders will be accepted.

Conditions for participation:
(1) Pay a registration fee of $500 (accommodation on a twin-sharing basis) or $600 (single). All registration fees will be pooled together and used to cover expenses of the project such as accommodation, air tickets, etc.
(2) Each participant must collect a minimum of S$1,000 in donations for Baan Unrak (this needs to be submitted before departure)
(3) Each participant must satisfy the Organizing Committee of his/her fitness to complete the ride

For more information, please email:


To register, please call:
+65 9109 9720 (Manjit)

Lian he zao bao article (12 Jun 06)

Straits Times Article 2006

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14 May 2004

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,.

10 June 2002


This article printed from ChannelNewsAsia.com
Date :10 June 2002 1849 hrs (SST) 1049 hrs (GMT)

Volunteer cyclists raise $300,000
for Children’s Cancer Foundation

By Julia Ng

Going the extra mile for charity.
Well, 35 cyclists pedalled 1,100-km to raise money for cancer-stricken children.

For seven days, the cyclists – 29 from Singapore and six from Thailand – braved scorching sun, rough terrain and sheer exhaustion.

Cycling up to 10 hours a day, they even missed the World Cup action on their trek from Hatyai to Singapore.

Dr William Tan, Bike Aid Singapore volunteer, said: “The journey from Hatyai, there are a lot of hills and pot holes as well. They were 28 punctures among all of us.

“A number of cyclists also fell off the road, they sustained some bruises. But they are very courageous, they bounced back and continued.”

For many of the Bike Aid Singapore members, this is not the first time they have cycled all the way back from Hatyai to raise money.

But there were some first-timers, like 72-year-old British-born Bob Usher.

The oldest cyclist in the group, he found the going tough.

Mr Usher, Thai biking volunteer, said: “We had to get up at 4.30 in the morning, jump on our bicycle, and try and grab some food on the way so that we can get here on time.”

But it was all for a good cause – to raise some $300,000 for the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF).

Their efforts earned them the praise of both President S.R. Nathan and CCF patron, Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee.

CCF will use the money to support cancer-stricken children and their families.

There are 100 new cases of childhood cancer each year.

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