68 cyclists ride 4 days over 1000km to raise S$320K for patients with kidney disease

68 cyclists braved strong winds and heavy rains, riding over 1000km in the KDF Millennium Ride 2017, which spans from Singapore to Malaysia to raise S$320,000 for patients with kidney diseases.

The participating cyclists reached the Singapore Island Country Club last Monday (Mar 6), after four days on the road, reports Lianhe Wanbao

The event was part of the donation drive organised by a group of cycling enthusiasts, Epic Cycle, to raise money  for the Kidney Dialysis Foundation. 

The 46-year-old founder of Epic Cyclist told reporters that this was the fourth consecutive year that the organisation had been hosting the event, and the journey hadn’t been all that rosy.

The cyclists started their trip in Belum, Malaysia before venturing to Cameron Highlands and then to Kuala Lumpur, and finally arriving back in Singapore. 

The oldest member in the group, a 64-year-old cyclist said that the trip this year was fraught with difficulties --- pouring rains and scorching heats, combined with uneven meandering routes --- despite their preparation:

“My left knee hurt a lot during the trip and I thought of giving up a few times, but when i realised that my pain was just a fraction of the suffering faced by patients undergoing dialysis, I was filled with motivation to continue.

The cyclists are from various walks of life, with age ranging between 25 to 64 years of age. 

Among them is a Bangladesh national cyclist, who brought his students over to take part in the meaningful event.

Another 28-year-old female rider said that although she had only half a year of cycling experience, she managed to finish the race through determination. 

She added:

“I feel very proud of myself.”