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

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


 

INTRODUCTION

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.

THE CAUSE

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.

THE RIDE

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.


FUND RAISING

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
ort.

THE ITINERARY

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:

enquiry@bikeaid.org.sg

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 |

BAAN UNRAK CHARITY RIDE
Bangkok – Sangkhlaburi
30th October – 5th November 2009


THE CAUSE

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.

THE RIDE

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.

FUND RAISING

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.

THE ITINERARY

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:

enquiry@bikeaid.org.sg

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

Lian he zao bao article (12 Jun 06)


Straits Times Article 2006


Equatorial Hotel Malaysia’s inhouse brochure


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