By Jamal Ismail
A 55-year old man, known as “Awi” will cycle an epic distance of 1,000 km to raise funds for charity.
Awi is part of a group of 40 cycling enthusiasts who call themselves ‘Epic Cyclists’ participating in the KDF Millennium Ride 2014.
They will cover the incredible distance of 1,000km within 4 days – cycling 250 km each day.
A distance of 250 km is about 5 times the length of the island of Singapore.
Starting from Singapore, they will cycle a loop going north-east to Malacca. Then head west to Kuantan in Pahang state, before turning south to Mersing in Johor, headed back to Singapore.
Awi and the Epic Cyclists aim to raise funds for KDF – Kidney Dialysis Foundation. KDF is a non-profit charitable organisation, established in February 1996, which provides subsidised dialysis treatment to Singapore patients who are unable to afford treatment.
But Awi is no ordinary 55-year old. He is an avid cyclist and triathlete, having competed in the region’s most rigorous events. In October he completed the Powerman Duothlon in Putrajaya Malaysia – running 11 km, then cycling 64 km, and then running 11 km again. More recently in November, he cycled 500 km with a group of cyclists from Singapore to Malacca, and back.
For Awi’s secret identity is actually Mr Saripin Bin Samingan – and he is no stranger to helping the community. He is a full-time social-worker, working as a Youth Guidance Officer for Singapore’s Ministry of Social and Family Development.
Awi merged his love of sporting activity with charity, to contribute for a good cause, and raise funds for poor kidney patients.
If you want to support the cause, you can donate here:http://www.giveasia.org/movement/lets_play_a_part
For more information on the charity organization: http://www.kdf.org.sg/
For more information about Give Asia: http://giveasia.org/